Name of the Rose

by Umberto Eco | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0446344109 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingbooklady331wing of Cape Coral, Florida USA on 3/12/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by wingbooklady331wing from Cape Coral, Florida USA on Monday, March 12, 2007
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Journal Entry 2 by wingbooklady331wing from Cape Coral, Florida USA on Monday, March 12, 2007
The actual story of The Name of the Rose (sometimes the story gets lost in the novel) is a classic murder mystery, set in a 14th century Italian abbey. Because of recent political and religious strife in the surrounding areas, the competing powers of the Holy Roman Emperor and the Papal authorities both see importance in this area. Rumors of heresy within the walls abound, a mark the Franciscan friars try their best to avoid. Our main character is the former inquisitor William of Baskerville, an extremely intelligent and learned official, under the employment of the Emperor. With him is his faithful assistant Adso, who is our narrator. Their assignment is to make sense of the conflicting stories people tell about what is in the monastery. Just as they start their investigation, monks start getting killed, in brutal but symbolic ways. William and Adso are forced to use all their powers of logic and deduction to begin to piece together the clues.

The clues point to a dark secret inside the heralded library of the abbey. There, monks toil day after day, reproducing the classics and more modern works. This is where civilization was being saved at the time, in small monasteries which kept alive science and ancient literature. However, somethings that are hidden away in the library are not meant to be seen, and a strangely rigid library control apparatus shields certain works from William. As the murders and the obstinacy of the librarians continue, William becomes more suspicious of the abbey's leadership at large. A conspiracy begins to emerge, one dedicated to the many scriptural and architectural secrets possessed by the Italian abbey. It quickly becomes apparent to William and the reader that what is involved here is much more important than the political issues of the day.

The pure historical swath of The Name of the Rose is hard to even summarize, as it is just immeasurably grand. The reader learns of the medieval church and of a Europe torn apart by theological argument. Messiahs and prophets tour the land, with inquisitors and church officials constantly at work stamping them out. Battle between the secular and divine worlds begin to emerge, as the Popes become more and more involved in the everyday politics of Europe. Eco shows the reader how important ideas were at this time, as theological speculation was by far the most critical arena of thought in that violent era. Ideas concerning the divinity of Christ, the power of the Popes, and the importance of older, "pagan" philosophies were constantly fought over. William is a wonderful guide, as his mind is the window into the age. He is the embodiment of learned divinity, torn between the complex humanism of the ancients and the compelling reality of the present. He is a man of his time, a valuable tool for readers so much removed. The writing itself is absolutely magnificent, as every scene, every setting, every character is rendered in eminently readable caricatures.

Journal Entry 3 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Thursday, November 09, 2017
Finally read this book. It is very well written. But it was a book I felt I could pick up and put down not feel compelled to rush back to read. It takes place in 1327 and Franciscan Abbey. Who is the mystery with secret symbols. The tools to solve the mystery or logic, intelligent, wit, and curiosity. It is 1001 book to read.

Journal Entry 4 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Monday, November 20, 2017

Released 2 yrs ago (11/20/2017 UTC) at Cape Coral, Florida USA

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Journal Entry 5 by tomato68 at Downey, California USA on Tuesday, December 05, 2017
Thank you booklady331 for this nice surprise. I saw the movie a long time ago and can't reallyremember the plot, but I remember wanting to read the book. I didn't know it would be such a large book. I will try to read it soon.

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