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The Key to The Name of the Rose: Including Translations of All Non-English Passages

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  213 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose is a brilliant mystery set in a fictitious medieval monastery. The text is rich with literary, historical, and theoretical references that make it eminently re-readable. The Key makes each reading fuller and more meaningful by helping the interested reader not merely to read but also to understand Eco's masterful work. Inspired by pleas f ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published October 15th 1999 by University of Michigan Press (first published June 1987)
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J. Alfred
Sep 18, 2015 J. Alfred rated it liked it
Say, stranger! Do you need some help navigating the polyglot complexity of The Name of the Rose? Or at least get a better gloss of that last Latin sentence? If so, this book can help!
Eco, like any good novelist, gives you either immediate translations or enough context clues to render the liberal sprinklings of various languages throughout the text into an aid to enjoyment, not a hindrance, as the authors of this 'Key' say in their introduction. The Key pretty quickly provides reason for its own
Oct 17, 2011 Andres rated it it was amazing
Indispensable guide to Umberto Eco's novel The Name of the Rose. It provides translations for the untranslated bits and pieces (and there are lots and lots of untranslated bits and pieces), as well as giving brief paragraphs on the people, places, events, and/or allusions that are referred to throughout the novel.

It does get tiring after a while having to flip to the book so that you can understand yet another Latin or what-have-you phrase or sentence or paragraph, and reading the different para
Dec 03, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
I'm rating this book purely on utility. There are two main sections to the book - a chapter with short introduction to some historical characters and events referenced in the book that the average reader will know little to nothing about. I read these before starting the novel and then referenced them as needed while reading. They are interesting enough in themselves and provide much needed context. I could have actually used more of a reference (quick, what were the differences between a Franci ...more
Feb 21, 2016 Manybooks rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone reading The Name of the Rose
Highly recommended for anyone reading or intending to read Umberto Eco's masterpiece, but especially for anyone feeling frustrated with and by the book (I was ready to give up, but this book has made me reconsider). The essays and information included are very informative, and the large section of translations of all of the non-English passages are amazing and a godsend to those who are not fluent in Latin, Greek, Italian etc., but do want to know, or need to know what all, or most of the non-En ...more
Nov 11, 2008 Gavin rated it really liked it
Shelves: detective
Placed under detective tag due to its being a companion piece to The Name of the Rose. As the title says it translates all the non-English parts of the mentioned book. I got it for my third reading just to see if my translations had been accurate. On the whole they had been, except for one or two bits.

The book under review would be of great use to anyone with little or no knowledge of French, Italian, Latin and other languages used by Eco while reading The Name of the Rose itself.
Mar 13, 2012 Carolyn rated it did not like it
I actually found it distracting to try to read this in parallel with the novel. The back and forth made the reading of the novel itself disjointed. I probably should have just read a few chapters of the novel, made notes where I wanted clarification, then consulted this reference book afterward.
Sep 16, 2011 Jjewell rated it really liked it
My first time through "The Name of the Rose" I did my best to puzzle through the Latin myself, but having this book to hand definitely increased my understanding and enjoyment the second (and third...) times.
incredible LaLa
Feb 22, 2008 incredible LaLa rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
yah, sebagai anak yang sedikit lemot..buku ini sangat membantu untuk memahami cerita di kalah penting sama buku novel in the name of the rose-nya...
A.K. Klemm
Apr 11, 2012 A.K. Klemm rated it really liked it
Extremely helpful. Read it during my readathon of The Name of the Rose:
Paras Allana
Nov 20, 2011 Paras Allana rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book was helpful when I started The name of the rose. Not just because of the translations but because of the historical contexts as well.
Mark Dickson
May 14, 2010 Mark Dickson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having the latin quotes translated and the references explained or at least in context helped me gain deeper appreciation for this work.
Jul 24, 2010 Chris rated it really liked it
Definitely a helpful book when reading The Name of the Rose. Especially if you'd like to know what the many non-English words/phrases mean.
Jun 16, 2007 Robert rated it liked it
It seems like cheating, but if you don’t know medieval French, it’s probably a necessary companion to The Name of the Rose.
Dion Yulianto
Buat apa ya dulu saya beli buku ini padahal buku induknya malah belum punya? hiks

jawabannya ya karena lagi obralan muahahaha
Nov 09, 2015 nfty rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
A substantial amount of it I already knew. Nonetheless, a useful guide.
Aug 15, 2011 Jean rated it it was amazing
Very helpful! A must-have companion to Eco's _Name of the Rose_.
Aaron Allbright
Jul 13, 2011 Aaron Allbright rated it it was amazing
A must-have companion if you read Eco's "The Name of the Rose"
Jennifer Sigman
Jun 29, 2010 Jennifer Sigman rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Good to have on hand when you read "The Name of the Rose"
Jan 04, 2010 India rated it liked it
Very helpful when reading The Name of the Rose.
Nov 05, 2013 Zan rated it liked it
dont judge me
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