Get this from a library! The name of the rose by Umberto Eco. [Nathalie Roland] -- In this clear and detailed reading guide, we've done all the hard work for you!. Umberto Eco. The Name of the Rose. NATURALLY, A MANUSCRIPT. PREFACE. ON AUGUST 16, , I WAS HANDED A BOOK WRITTEN by a certain Abbé. Now a series starring John Turturro as William of Baskerville airing on SundanceTV Umberto Eco's first novel, an international sensation and winner of the.
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Editorial Reviews. From Library Journal. Eco, an Italian philosopher and best- selling novelist, download a Kindle Kindle eBooks Kindle Unlimited Prime Reading Best Sellers & More Kindle Book Deals Free Reading Apps Kindle Singles. The Name of the Rose (Italian: Il nome della rosa) is the debut novel by Italian author Umberto Eco. It is a historical murder mystery set in an Italian. Read "The Name of the Rose" by Umberto Eco available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. Now a series starring John.
The layout of the abbey as Eco adds it to his novel. Diagram of the former labyrinth inlaid on the floor of the cathedral of Reims. The ground plan of the library as illustrated in the novel. Intranti largus, redeunti sed nimis artus. The students were given the task of designing a library on top of the Winkelwiese hill in Zurich. As a theoretical approach, I have decided to further explore this topic by analyzing a literary description of such a library. This library, I find, serves as a brilliant sample for an extended research.
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The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco tells the story of a friar and his young assistant, as they try to solve the mystery of a series of murders happening in a monastery in the mountains.
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Shed new light on the very best of literature with BrightSummaries. View all 30 comments. Forget Christopher Hitchens. Away with that Richard Doggins guy. For a truly penetrating look at religion and atheism, Umberto Eco, he da man.
The Name of the Rose is a profoundly nihilistic book. It is ostensibly a book about a murder mystery: A man, a monk rather, Brother William, arrives with his assistant, Adso, at an abbey high in the Italian Alps. A murder has been committed, and Brother William will apply reason and logic—a Sherlock avant la lettre—to deduce the murderer.
Or does he? He d Forget Christopher Hitchens. He does indeed find out the process by which the victims die. And there is a villain. Umberto Eco stares in the abyss, and the abyss laughs mockingly back. I was profoundly moved, depressed, and discombobulated. Five stars —whatever the hell that means. View all 10 comments. Il nome della rosa is the debut novel by Italian author Umberto Eco. It is a historical murder mystery set in an Italian monastery, in the year , an intellectual mystery combining semiotics in fiction, biblical analysis, medieval studies and literary theory.
It was translated into English by William Weaver in And it stinks too! Under the guise of a medieval mystery Umberto Eco has written a diatribe on philosophical ideas and not presented all of them accurately in order to impress upon the reader how very smart he is indeed. I can sum up the book, which takes place at a monastery in northern Italy in thus: My mommy read Bible stories to me too.
I get the references Eco was making. I imagine that would disappoint him. He clearly hates novels that actually involve the reader. Read that sentence again. Yep I said it. It will make you detest the writer. As if you will need help after finishing this torture. Did no one ever tell this guy to shut up? Throughout these 40 pages he contradicts himself, and talks down to the reader too many times to count. There are nuggets throughout the text that if taken out of context are quite insightful and worthy of thought.
Every time he presents an idea philosophical, educational, religious or other he makes the point in pages and then goes on to lecture the reader for another pages on the same point redundantly. If those redundancies alone had been cut the text would have been pages and significantly less bad.
A member of my book club picked this text, and the way the meeting for this book went clearly demonstrates its flaws. It was not a discussion and an exchange of ideas, but a lecture. When you have a group of educated people and 1 or 2 has to tell the rest of them how valuable a text is…well…I think that says it all right there. There are quite a few fans of this text who may believe that whopper.
I for one am not biting. View all 52 comments. This is one humdinger of a book - medieval history, Gothic noir and classic whodunit rolled into one. It's very slow - but taking your time to read it slowly provides rich dividends, IMO.
This is a book to be savoured. Brother William of Baskerville - the name, as well as his appearance marks him as a sort of medieval Sherlock Holmes - is the detective par excellence, and Adso of Melk is the perfect Watson.
The story unfolds in the fashion of the classic mystery. The secret, when it is revealed, This is one humdinger of a book - medieval history, Gothic noir and classic whodunit rolled into one. The secret, when it is revealed, is sufficiently shocking - and points a finger to a real historic puzzle. A word of advice: Umberto Eco incidentally passed away the day I originally posted this review. So let this be my tribute to a great writer. View all 22 comments.
View all 39 comments. Apr 27, Kevin Neilson rated it did not like it. What a didactic, tedious, prolix piece of trash! Eco writes whole paragraphs in Latin and then leaves them untranslated, because he's such an awesome polyglot that chicks want to do him. Readers are also expected to know Dutch. Eco likes to hear himself talk, too.
Want to hear pedantic 14th-century theological arguments that stretch on for pages and have nothing to do with the plot? You've got it!
Want a lame Dan Brown mystery, with the same stilted dialogue, but embellished with entire chapters What a didactic, tedious, prolix piece of trash! Want a lame Dan Brown mystery, with the same stilted dialogue, but embellished with entire chapters of the author showing off how much trivia he knows about ancient Arab codices? No problem! The guy is such a tool that this is how he describes himself on the jacket: Umberto Eco is a world-famous specialist in semiotics, a distinguished historian, philosopher, aesthetician, and scholar whose interests range from St.
Thomas Aquinas to James Joyce to Superman. I'm going to hurl. More like ass thetician. Do you think I'm exaggerating? I've proof: I've copied this terrible passage wherein the hero discovers how to enter the secret chamber, using his knowledge of the genitive case in Latin. Be careful not to hurl as you read this.
I smiled. I was remembering poor Salvatore. He wanted to perform God knows what magic with that horse, and, with his fractured Latin he called him 'tertius equi. But this is all nonsense What a fool I am! Run, run to your cell and fetch the lamp, or, rather, both lamps we hid.
Let no one see you, and join me in the church at once! Ask no questions. I ran into the church. William was under the tripod and was rereading the parchment with Venantius's notes. The writing! The verse! The words are carved over the mirror! View all 21 comments. No es la primera vez que sucede. Con esta novela casi perfecta de Umberto Eco me ha pasado lo mismo.
View all 8 comments. Jul 23, Adriana rated it liked it. I had wanted to read The Name of the Rose for a long time, mostly because I enjoy both fiction and non-fiction about the Middle Ages, and also because of its importance as a piece of modern Italian literature.
Although I liked it for the most part, I have to admit that it disappointed me in many ways. As a mystery novel, I was expecting it to be a fast-paced page-turner, whereas in reality The Name of the Rose is very slow and ponderous. I appreciate the attention to detail and the minute and ac I had wanted to read The Name of the Rose for a long time, mostly because I enjoy both fiction and non-fiction about the Middle Ages, and also because of its importance as a piece of modern Italian literature.
I appreciate the attention to detail and the minute and accurate descriptions of real historical events, but I feel that the narrators voice often became mired in these details, to the detriment of the plot.
When the narrator, Adso, slipped into these trains of thought that were only tangential to the story, I frequently forgot what was going on by the time he emerged. In addition, much of the historical background read like a text-book, and not a novel.
On the positive side, the translation is done beautifully, and I can only imagine that the original Italian is even more agile and lyrical. For those who want to stick with a page novel, The Name of the Rose can be quite rewarding. I feel that I learned a lot about life in a medieval Italian monastery, and about the most important philosophical and religious concerns of the time. I just would have preferred it if Eco had focused more on writing a cohesive, engaging novel, rather than a history lesson surrounded by the vague framework of a plot.
View 1 comment. View all 7 comments. View all 3 comments. We shall not understand the history of men and of other times unless we ourselves are alive to the requirements which that history satisfied, nor will our successors understand the history of our time unless they fulfill these conditions. View all 74 comments. A surprising novel, masquerading as a piece of historical fiction, all very proper inside its fake framing narrative, but also managing to be a spoof murder-mystery.
The main character is William of Baskerville who has a Watson like side-kick. He may not use cocaine but he does eat 'certain herbs' and some of his description is lifted from that of a famous resident of Baker Street. And wait, a isn't a monastery with it's hidden conflicts, somewhat isolated from everyday life, and desires awfully A surprising novel, masquerading as a piece of historical fiction, all very proper inside its fake framing narrative, but also managing to be a spoof murder-mystery.
And wait, a isn't a monastery with it's hidden conflicts, somewhat isolated from everyday life, and desires awfully similar in some ways to a country house? However in line with Eco's approach the resolution is more sheer luck than sherlock.
The title suggestively evokes The Romance of the Rose , although here the beloved flower projected in the walled garden is not an allegorical representation of woman but of learning and the power of knowledge to transform our outlook on the world.
The figure of Jealously literally embodied in the monk who protects this great treasure, not simply with a castle's walls but inside a labyrinth library with a secret reading room.
The form of the labyrinthine library is taken from Borges The Library of Babel and so the story proceeds with layers of references to surprise and amuse, however if you are in danger of floundering among them the trick is to find out what the hidden book at the centre of the library is all about and to keep that in mind for every reread.
The relationship between truth, myth and invention is a theme that In the Name of the Rose shares with Foucaults Pendulum and Baudolino. Here we are introduced to the mysterious room and its hidden content which we can take as a metaphor for the meaning of life or the quest for meaning in life maybe , but with intelligence, guile and luck the heroes can know the truth.
In Foucaults Pendulum by contrast the hidden room is unreachable view spoiler [which given the ending of In the Name of the Rose is unsurprising! The problem in Eco's universe is not the hidden room or its contents but in the attitude of people towards it.
In Foucaults Pendulum the Diabolicals take it terribly seriously with fatal consequences, here, its protector fears the content so terribly that no one can remain safe, yet that book seems to me to embody Eco's attitude to all readers of these three books view spoiler [ in other words, don't take it too seriously hide spoiler ].
God fun with theology and medieval philosophising and good fun for all readers.
View all 25 comments. If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Stat rosa pristina nomine: It makes me keen to explore the labyrinth of his philosophy, which seems to exist in a realm of its own immune from the tedium and d If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. It makes me keen to explore the labyrinth of his philosophy, which seems to exist in a realm of its own immune from the tedium and drudgery of most contemporary attempts at philosophy.
Do you remember pictures in which you can see a nice girls or an old woman depending on the perspective you are using: What I like of Umberto Eco's books is the indeterminate aspects of described situations which often are a surprise for readers.
You can never predict how the story will develop and this is true for his first "The Name of the Rose" and his last "Numero Zero" book. There's more stuff on the other side of the rainbow.
View all 4 comments. Dec 24, Lynne King rated it it was amazing Shelves: May he rest in peace and may the gods be with him. I have read some rather amazing books this year but upon reflection this has to be the best.
Apart from being a gothic thriller set in the late fourteenth century in a monastery, the structure and style of the work is exceptional. I really wish though that I had not seen the film with Sean Connery because every time Brother William of Baskerville philosophized or even asked a somewhat ordinary 20 February - Umberto Eco died yesterday.
I really wish though that I had not seen the film with Sean Connery because every time Brother William of Baskerville philosophized or even asked a somewhat ordinary question, I could see Sean Connery in my mind's eye. A remarkable book and I could even see similarities with Sherlock Holmes and also Watson in relation to the novice, Adso of Melk. If you are looking for "an erudite murder mystery, which is not only a gripping story but also a brilliant exploration of medieval philosophy, history, theology and logic", then this book is definitely for you.
I could not have chosen a better book to see out View all 18 comments. Surreptitiously sailing under the banner of what seems at first glance to be a traditional — and thus holding the promise of mass appeal - detective story, the recently deceased Italian semiotician clearly is reaching for a far more rich tapestry of genres — some tropes of which maintained, others slightly subverted - and themes. In fact, he himself admitted as such, on the dust jacket of the first Italian edition of the novel, not even being sure about what he had exactly constructed: The second category will be impassioned by the debate of ideas, and will attempt to establish connections which the author refuses to authorize with the present.
A murder mystery in the Sherlockian tradition would indeed serve nicely as a cover. As our Holmes, there is the seasoned monk, logician and erstwhile inquisitor William of Baskerville a clear reference to the famous Holmes tale Hound of the Baskervilles , ordered to investigate a mysterious death in an Italian abbey, and the young, impressionable novice monk Adso, performing the role of Watson, through whom the various events are described.
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