Saturday, April 08, 2017

Books: The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

The Name of the RoseThe Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"The Name of the Rose", the first novel by Italian novelist and philosopher Umberto Eco, is a 14th century whodunit set in an Italian monastery. Franciscan friar William of Baskerville (yes, he shares several characteristics with Sherlock Holmes) and his assistant Adso are tasked by an Italian monastery's abbot to investigate the deaths of monks dying mysteriously. The novel, peppered with Latin quotes, is replete with accounts of the philosophical and religious disputes of the time and heresies associated with the fraticelli (extreme proponents of Saint Francis). Hardly a novel to appeal to the average modern reader - but give it some time and Eco’s masterful plot and the overwhelming sense of fear and gloom will make this worth your while.

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