The Name Of The Rose
  • The Name Of The Rose
  • The Name Of The Rose
  • The Name Of The Rose
ISBN: 0156001314
EAN13: 9780156001311
Language: English
Pages: 536
Dimensions: 1.3" H x 7.8" L x 5.3" W
Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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A spectacular best seller and now a classic, The Name of the Rose catapulted Umberto Eco, an Italian professor of semiotics turned novelist, to international prominence. An erudite murder mystery set in a fourteenth-century monastery, it is not only a gripping story but also a brilliant exploration of medieval philosophy, history, theology, and logic.

In 1327, Brother William of Baskerville is sent to investigate a wealthy Italian abbey whose monks are suspected of heresy. When his mission is overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths patterned on the book of Revelation, Brother William turns detective, following the trail of a conspiracy that brings him face-to-face with the abbey's labyrinthine secrets, the subversive effects of laughter, and the medieval Inquisition. Caught in a power struggle between the emperor he serves and the pope who rules the Church, Brother William comes to see that what is at stake is larger than any mere political dispute-that his investigation is being blocked by those who fear imagination, curiosity, and the power of ideas.

The Name of the Rose offers the reader not only an ingeniously constructed mystery--complete with secret symbols and coded manuscripts--but also an unparalleled portrait of the medieval world on the brink of profound transformation.

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I decided to read The Name of the Rose again after learning of Eco's death. The first reading of the book brought me pleasure. I didn't have a copy of the book, so I decided to download it on the e- tail platform. In a book like The Rose, where many of the terms and events are not familiar to a modern reader, the features of the e- reader are helpful. The book deals with life amongst a group of monks in the 1300s, but the themes and passions of today's newspapers could be taken off the pages. Misguided spiritual beliefs, complicated murder plots, and hypocrisy among those who purport to be the faithful of the Church make up only part of this complicated masterpiece. It's well worth it for an old man like me to slow read.