The Name of the Rose

Harvest in translation

536 pages

English language

Published July 27, 1994 by Harcourt Brace.

ISBN:
978-0-15-600131-1
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It is the year 1327. Franciscans in an Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, but Brother William of Baskerville’s investigation is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths.

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It's a murder mystery set in a 14th century Italian monastery. It's Eco's thesis on symbols and faith. It drags at times, but the whole picture is such a well constructed story that gives you a great basis to appreciate Eco's later works (which are sometimes a response to this book's success).

The Name of the Rose is Harold!

5 stars

Big surprise, I loved this book. It was an entertaining yarn with humor and poignancy, insight and farce, accessible mystery and esoteric theology!

It is interesting that I read it now instead of years ago when I bought it. In that time between purchase and reading, I have read other works that prepared me for this!

Some books truly are better further along in one's reading career

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Subjects

  • Monastic and religious life -- Italy -- History -- Middle Ages, 600-1500 -- Fiction
  • Monastic libraries -- Italy -- Fiction
  • Italy -- Church history -- 476-1400 -- Fiction

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