The Name of the Rose
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The Name of the Rose
Umberto Eco
Mystery & Suspense
Jul 27, 2018
The year is 1327, a time of political intrigue and theological wrangling between the furtive powers of the papacy and the earthly forces of the Holy Roman Empire. At an unnamed Franciscan abbey—housing a labyrinth in which is hidden the greatest library in Christendom, including forbidden works of uncanny and encoded knowledge—monks are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville, a master logician, is dispatched to investigate. Demonstrating uncommon deductive skills upon his arrival, William is soon asked to apply his keen mind to an unexpected matter. A manuscript illuminator from the abbey’s scriptorium has fallen to his death outside the monastery walls: Is it suicide or murder? So begins The Name of the Rose, the most unlikely of modern international bestsellers (there are more than a few passages in Latin!).
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Oct 28, 2018
I loved a great deal about this inventive book that puts a Sherlock Holmes character into the dark ages. My problem with it is that the author has pages of untranslated LATIN in the book that I think we can all agree is a terrible thing to do to readers, most of whom don't know dead languages.
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Dec 4, 2018
One of those books that effortlessly, and without malice, shows you how little you know. Foucault's Pendulum is even better.
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