The Name of the Rose (Vintage Classics)

by Umberto Eco | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0099466031 Global Overview for this book
Registered by stephjb of Torquay, Devon United Kingdom on 1/22/2014
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Journal Entry 1 by stephjb from Torquay, Devon United Kingdom on Wednesday, January 22, 2014
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Journal Entry 2 by stephjb at Lagos, Faro Portugal on Saturday, January 25, 2014
A brilliant book, certainly one of the most difficult I have ever read and not least because of how much GCSE Latin I have forgotten. The Name Of The Rose is billed as a murder mystery but is also so much more. The mystery plot is interesting but what kept me gripped is the amazing portrayal of medieval life with its insane yet deadly serious theological arguments. Dozens of different sects, all of which claim to be the true Christians, gain or lose power and prestige dependent on the current definition of religious truth. And woe betide any man finding himself on the 'wrong' side - torture and death await. Women, of course, are practically sub-human so are not even afforded the right to argue! This is a fantastic book that beautifully illuminates a bizarre world, one I am grateful I did not experience first hand.

Journal Entry 3 by stephjb at Camping Alvor in Alvor, Faro Portugal on Monday, January 27, 2014

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