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The Name of the Rose

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The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. When his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William turns detective. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon - all sharpened to a gli ...more
Paperback, 536 pages
Published September 28th 1994 by Harvest Books (first published 1980)
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Walter Ullon
Jan 03, 2016 Walter Ullon rated it did not like it
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Mohammed Arabey
Apr 04, 2016 Mohammed Arabey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
إكـتب يا أدســو , إكـتب , فمن يكتب لـن يموت أبدا
فقد يأتي يوما ما أحدهم ليقلده ويزيد عليه بعضا من غوايات عزازيله الفاسقة

ومذكرات أدسو في "أســم الــوردة" ورحلته مع الراهب غوليالمو ذو الماضي المعقد بذلك الدير الرهيب هي عملا مزخما مليئا بالتفاصيل ,وبالرغم من أن الأحداث في القرن الرابع عشر, الا انك ستشعر بصداها في زمننا رغم من قدمها قدم الزمان

ويجب أن اعترف أنها لم تكن قراءة سهلة بالنسبة لي , ولكني سأقارنها لكم بقرائاتي المعتادة السهلة لأني فعلا لا اعرف كيف أكتب مراجعة عنها

أســم الــوردة 1980 VS عــز
❁ بــدريــه ❁

- المكتبة متاهة ؟
فتلا الشيخ و كأنه غارق في تفكير عميق : " تلك
المتاهة هي صورة من هذا العالم فسيحة لمن يريد
الدخول، وضيقة لمن يرغب في الخروج " المكتبة
متاهة كبيرة، و هي دليل على متاهة العالم . ادخل
اليها و لن تعرف أن كنت ستخرج !

- و لكن كيف نتعرف على الحب الصالح ؟
- ماهو الحب ؟ لاشيء في العالم، لا انسان و لا
شيطان و لا أي شيء آخر أعتبره ادعى للإرتياب
من الحبّ، اذ انه يلج الروح أكثر من أي شيء آخر
لا يوجد أي شيء يشغل و يقيد القلب كالحب. ولذا
عندما تنعدم الاسلحة التي تقاومه، تهوى الروح من
أجل الحب في
Jason Pettus
Mar 11, 2008 Jason Pettus rated it it was amazing
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)

The CCLaP 100: In which I read a hundred so-called "classics" and then write reports on whether or not I think they deserve the label
Book #7: The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco

The story in a nutshell:
In one of the more fascinating stories of how a novelist was first drawn to his profession, scholar
Huda Yahya
إن كنت ستقرأ إسم الوردة فاترك خيالك وراءك
فأنت بكل تأكيد لست بحاجة إليه
فهنا ستجد دقائق الأشياء تتجلى
وكل تفصيلة صغيرة تتوهج أمامك
لست بحاجة لتخيل شكل الغرفة أو حجم المتاهة

أنت بحاجة لعقلك واعٍ ولكل ما تحمل من حنكة لكي تحاول أن تفهم عند تتمة القراءة
ما مدى رمزية المتاهة تلك وما هي التأويلات التي يمكنني أن أستقيها من ذلك كله؟


هذه رواية امتزج فيها كل شيء بحكمة بليغة
فلقد اجتمعت حالات عدة شديدة الاختلاف وتبتعد عن بعضها في الزمان والمضمون وكونت بفضل صياغته الماهرة عالماً واحداً متسقاً

إن ما
Nov 26, 2011 s.penkevich rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YOU!
Recommended to s.penkevich by: Ypsi John
This is one of those rare near-perfect books that crosses through many genres and could be universally acclaimed. There are dozens of great reviews on here already, but this book struck me as so profound that I felt I needed to briefly put down my own thoughts. I could not bring myself to put this down and it was always a battle to not skip work and continue reading in the parking lot after lunch break. Eco crafts a novel that could be labeled as historical fiction, mystery, theology and philoso ...more
Apr 20, 2008 Tim rated it it was amazing
If I had to spend a year on a desert island and was only allowed to take one book, this would be it.

At the time of its publication, one reviewer described `The Name of the Rose' as "a book about everything". At first glance, it may seem to be a book largely about obscure Fourteenth Century religious controversies, heresies and sects, with a murder mystery mixed in. But this is a book that rewards repeat readings (I've just finished it for the seventh time), and the heart of the novel is in its
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
Amira Mahmoud
الكتب لم توضع كي نؤمن بما تقوله ولكن كي نتحرّى فيها، لا يجب أن نتساءل أمام كتاب ماذا يقول ولكن ماذا يريد أن يقول.

كي تعرف ما يقول كتاب يجب أن تقرأ كتبًا أخرى.

هناك نوعان من الأعمال المرهقة؛ الأول أمقته بشدة وأشعر أثناء قراءته بملل لا ينتهي وتشتت يدفعني لاحتمالهما واجب إنهاء الكتاب. يعتصرني حتى النهاية، وقد أكون صبورة بالقدر الكافي لإنهائه وقد لا أفعل.
والآخر رغم أنه مرهق لكنه ممتع (أو ربما هو ممتع لأنه مرهق، لا أدري)، يعتصر عقلي، يُربكني، وبشكل ما لا أستطيع تحديده ولا صياغته في أفكار ملموسة فور ا
Nandakishore Varma
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,
Dec 17, 2013 Lawyer rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: For those who appreciate complex historical fiction
Recommended to Lawyer by: Goodreads group "Literary Explorations"
"The Name of the Rose" is not a book to be picked up lightly with the expectation that you, the reader, are about to embark on a traditional work of historical fiction. Umberto Eco expects much from the reader of this book. Almost immediately the unsuspecting reader will find himself dropped into the midst of the High Middle Ages, a society completely foreign for the majority of modern readers.

In historical context, the story occurs during the time the Papacy had moved from its traditional locat
Mar 26, 2016 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 ...more
Ahmed Oraby
Apr 24, 2015 Ahmed Oraby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
حسنًا، وأخيرًا، وبعد أكثر من شهر، استطعت أن أنتهي من قراءة هذه الرواية العملاقة، هي ولا شك من الروايات التي لا غنى أبدًا عن قراءتها، ومن ضمن الكتب التي يجب على أي كان أي يقرأها قبل أن يموت
رواية عبقرية حقيقة، بل هي شديدة العبقرية، منذ صفحاتها الأولى يجذبك إ
Lynne King
Feb 20, 2016 Lynne King rated it it was amazing
20 February 2016 - Umberto Eco died yesterday. Sad. 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
4,5/5 αστερακια
Πρόκειται για ένα αριστούργημα, που ο συγγραφέας του παίζει στα δάχτυλα και ενσωματώνει στην ιστορία του την φιλοσοφία, την χριστιανική γραμματεία, την ιστορία, την επιστήμη και ότι άλλο κατεβάσει ο νους. Πρόκειται για ιστορικό μυστηρίου, στο οποίο ο συγγραφέας (μέσω των ηρώων του) συνομιλεί για θέσεις τις εποχής και μας παρουσιάζει τις δικές του.
Πολύ ατμοσφαιρικό, έξυπνο και καλοστημένο, χωρίς ιδιαίτερα γρήγορη πλοκή. Είναι όντως αργό και αυτό που συστήνω στον αναγνώστη είναι να
6.0 stars. On my list of "All Time Favorite" novels. This incredible book is the newest entry onto my list of favorite novels of all time. Reading this book was a one of a kind literary experience that I highly recommend everyone experience. The basic plot of the novel is an excellent murder mystery set in an Italian monastery during the 14th century and featuring an excellent "Sherlock Holmes" type character named William of Baskerville. As good as the basic plot is, the real essence of the sto ...more
sweet jane
Mar 04, 2016 sweet jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Στηριζόμενο πάνω σε μία καλοδουλεμένη ιστορία μυστηρίου και δομημένο με αρκετά πραγματικά ιστορικά στοιχεία και πρόσωπα, το Όνομα του Ρόδο αποτελεί ταυτόχρονα ιστορικό και φιλοσοφικό ανάγνωσμα. Μαζί με το λογοτεχνικό πλαίσιο του έργου, ο Έκο εκθέτει και ένα μεγάλο μέρος της ακαδημαϊκής του εργασίας σε σχέση με τον Σχολαστικισμό, το φιλοσοφικό ρεύμα που αποσκοπούσε στη συμφιλίωση της αρχαίας κλασσικής φιλοσοφίας με την μεσαιωνική θεολογία (ναι, τότε που η Ιερά Εξέταση εκτός από βιβλία έκαιγε και ...more
Mar 25, 2016 Ahmed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

يقول شيكسبير (إن الوردة تعطي نفس العطر بأي اسم شئت أن تعطيها ) فرغم أى طريقة تناول لهذا العمل العظيم إلا أن متعته ستصل لك كاملة .

كانت الوردة اسمًا , ونحن لا نملك إلا الأسماء .

بجملة خالدة خُتمت رواية خالدة (أعتقد من حقي أن أطلق عليها هذا الحكم) وهو حكم الخلود , ليس مجرد خلود مادي فى عالم مادي بل أكثر من ذلك , هو خلود المنفعه والحكمة , ولكن لنتريث قليلًا ونتحدث بشئ من التفصيل ونحاول أن نتمتع فى حديثنا بهذا التفصيل:

للحق فقد تأخرت كثيرًا فى قراءة هذا العمل فحق عليّ أن أعتذر , أعتذر لنفسي قبل أى شئ
Dec 07, 2008 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, fiction, mystery
This book is both astonishingly difficult and extremely rewarding. I had six years of Latin in middle and high school and have taken a course on medieval philosophy and I still found this one both challenging and satisfying. Anyone willing to put the work in is going to adore this one.
WARNING, however: this is not a trashy medieval-conspiracy novel. This is not a thriller. It is an excellent book and a perfect mystery, but it is still set in the 14th century and all of the characters are still m
Kevin Neilson
Apr 27, 2010 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 ...more
Jan 17, 2016 Silvana rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
What a mesmerizing (yet sometimes confusing) book. Five hundred pages, not including the introduction and post-script.

It is basically consisted of two main plots. First was the mysterious murders of monks in an Italian Franciscan abbey on the 14th century, in which a former Inquisitor named William of Baskerville and his novice turned detectives to solve the murders. Second was the so-called historic meeting between Franciscan leaders (favored by the Roman Emperor) and their archenemy, represent
Mar 01, 2016 Josh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, high-five, 2016
When I found out about Eco's passing about 2 weeks ago, it left a sour taste in my mouth because after owning this book for such a long time, I had finally opened and started to read it. For some reason, I felt a bit of remorse for waiting this long to enjoy this well known book - like I was supposed to have given my all, my mind, my time - but alas, we are all born to die - the coincidence makes it more of a disconsolate matter.

Eco's masterpiece and Weaver's immaculate translation of this book
Mar 09, 2013 طَيْف rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"اسم الوردة"

حين يكون القاتل كتابا

فشهوة المعرفة أودت بحياة أصحابها...في زمن حرّمت فيه الحقيقة...وطمست غشاوة على أعين الباحثين عنها

المكان: ديرٌ بندكيتي يثير الرهبة في النفس، يقبع في منعزل في الشمال الإيطالي، ورغم عزلته التامة يبدو متأثرا بالخلافات الفكريّة وحسابات المصالح خارجه بين التيارات المسيحية المختلفة، ومكتبة ضخمة بدهاليز وأحاجي غامضة، يفتخر أهل الدير بما تحويه من كتب يحرم على الكثيرين ما في بطونها من معرفة خوفا من تأثير الحقيقة في تغيير الواقع

الزمان: القرن الرابع عشر، في ظل أجواء الخلافات

The Name of the Rose: A convoluted and thorny plant of beauty

The Name of the Rose ranks among some of the most complex books read by myself. However where works like Paradise Lost or Titus Groan contain their complexity with the power of beautiful flowing prose this novel works at maintaining complexity through its sheer psychological and philosophical depth. Added to which the reader can observe that this sophisticated work of fiction is so tightly wound as to form a textual labyrinth like th
A lot has already been said about this for me to rehash the basics or try to address the themes (and my pathetic attempts to sound SMRT would be embarrassing), so I'll simply recount the feels I had.

* All that theological debating? More fascinating than I'd ever thought possible.

* Medieval church history! OMG, you medieval guys, God's representative on Earth was a corrupt motherfucker. But I guess the Holy Hot Pincers of Chastisement kept you all nodding your heads and staying in line (more or l
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 and desires awfully similar in some ways to a country house
This is one of my 're-read often' books. The story of Adso and his mentor Brother William as they encounter the nefarious secrets of the abbey they have journeyed to somewhere in the heart of Italy is fantastic. Brother William is the unflappable, Sherlock-like investigator first asked by the Abbot to look into some mysterious deaths and then told to stop when he gets too near the truth. Driven by his hunger for knowledge, William attempts to see beyond the rumours of apocalypse and the presence ...more
Riku Sayuj


The vulnerability of ancient writings to accident, or to malpractice, is both understood and rarely acknowledged. Not only is history contingent, but what comes down to us as history too is pure chance.

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Dec 22, 2009 Salma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
رواية تدور أحداثها في أجواء كنسية عام 1327 عن التحقيق في سلسلة جرائم تقع في الدير.

لا أنكر أني فقدت الكثير من الخيوط بسبب كثرة الأسماء التي أزاغت ناظريّ... و شعرت بكثير من الملل في بعض المواطن...
لكن ذلك كله لم يمنع من أن تشدني بقوة لدرجة أن المنام المجنون لأدسو جعلني أهذي بالليل... و أنهيتها في بضعة أيام فقط...

الطريقة التي يعلمنا بها إيكو قراءة الدلالات و قوة الاحتمالات رائعة على طول الرواية...
بأية حال خيبة الأمل التي انتابت غوليالمو في نهاية الرواية بسبب عدم فهمه للعلاقة بين الدلالات و دور الص
أبو يوسف
يا حسافة على الوقت الذي ضاع في قراءة هذه الرواية
من عيوبها أنها
طويلة جدا
اسماء وشخصيات كثيرة
تفاصيل دقيقة وكثيرة بشكل مبالغ فيه
ومن أعظم عيوبها بالنسبة لي تشبيهها برواية عزازييل والزعم بأن عزازييل تعتبر للمبتدئين مقارنة بهذه الرواية
ما أقول الا رحم الله" كفار العرب-على وصف المؤلف" على ابدعاتهم الغابرة والحاضرة
مثلا في رواية عزازييل كان المفصل في الاختلاف على التوحيد والثالوثية أما في هذه الرواية عن فقر المسيح عليه السلام!

وأخيرا وليس آخرا
الترجمة الرديئة للرواية اللي ذل أهلنا فيها المترجم
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Umberto Eco was an Italian writer of fiction, essays, academic texts, and children's books, and certainly one of the finest authors of the twentieth century. A professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna, Eco’s brilliant fiction is known for its playful use of language and symbols, its astonishing array of allusions and references, and clever use of puzzles and narrative inventions. His pe ...more
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