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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 glist...more
Paperback, 536 pages
Published September 28th 1994 by Harvest Books (first published 1980)
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“Let us proclaim the mystery of faith.” (Roman Catholic Liturgy, Eucharistic Prayers)

“The Name of the Rose” is a philosophical mystery set in an Italian monastery in 1327. The abbey contains the greatest library in Christendom, but its treasured books are locked up within its labyrinth of a library. Why do the monks hide the same books that they preserve?

Why are monks turning up dead? Each gruesome death imitates some punishment predicted in the Book of Revelation. Murder? Manslaughter? Death...more
Jason Pettus
(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...more
Walter Ullon
Eco's writing is so infectious, lively, and likeable that I thought it appropriate to pen my review in his style.

1 In which I, as reader, feel used.
Yes, I'm almost certain Eco wrote this thing for the sole purpose of informing us of how knowledgeable he is of the finer points of monastic orders, book trivia, and medieval philosophy.
Knowing most would not put up with this crap for 500 pages, he wisely chose to interrupt his many digressions on poverty, heretics, whether or not Jesus laughed, Ari...more
Nov 26, 2011 s.penkevich rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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...more
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...more
"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...more
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
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...more
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
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
Dec 06, 2007 Silvana rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more

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 the...more
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...more
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
Karla (Mossy Love Grotto)
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...more
"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
أيوب الحازمي
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...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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Kevin Neilson
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
The question becomes-how to review a book that has been read and reviewed by so many, a book that is so well known. Short and sweet I think!

The basic story is both simple and complex (well there goes my above-stated aim). Brother William of Baskerville has been sent to an Italian abbey of some renown on what is an important and urgent mission, to investigate the possibility of heresy present in that Franciscan setting. William formerly served in the "forces" of the Inquisition but chose to leave...more
اسم الوردة هي متاهة ايكو الخالية من الورود ، تسجل اعتراضك منذ البداية على استرسال الكاتب وكلماته المتدفقة بكرم حاتمي، لدرجة انك لن تجد موضوع هامشي، كل المواضيع التي ذكرت أخذت نصيبها الوافي من الشرح والتفصيل، ومع ذلك تكمل القراءة لجرعات من الفضول والمتعة يتركها لنا ايكو بين الصفحات.

رحلة ادسو وغوليالمو إلى الدير تكشف خبايا الدير، الدير الذي يكون ليله مناقض لمايجري من طهر في نهاره، صراعات ومطامع لها واجهة الدين وهو منها براء.

تتحدث الرواية عن قصص الصراعات الدينية بين الطوائف المسيحية المختلفة، عن ا...more
I have never been so undecided as to what to rate a book. The oscillation from three to four stars and back again was dizzying, and made worse by the fact that I felt that a 3.5 would be a cop out concerning this particular novel.

The writing was a mix of excellent logical processes and long trains of theological meanderings. I'd find the words blurring before my eyes when the author kept up his lists for too long, or when one of the characters was especially verbose on religious concerns. At le...more
This book is so self-aware, I feel like it's reading over my shoulder right now. I recall, about half-way through, lamenting the fact that my edition contained no footnotes for translating the frequent Latin, Italian, and Greek texts thrown into this narrative. And now, after reaching Eco's last line (in Latin!) I hear him laughing at me. Don't you get it, reader?! Roger Bacon chides the scholar who doesn't make languages his first priority, and as I can only piece together a few Latin words and...more
K.D. Absolutely
I spent 1 full week reading this book. Not only because it has almost 500 dense pages but also because I suffered a terrible backache while reading this. So I had to turn and change my sitting or lying position every few minutes while reading.

The story revolves around William of Baskervilles and inquisitor and Adso a novice monk. They were ask to investigate the killing that happened in a rich Italian abbey during the medieval period (1327). It is a mix of whodunnit (like the recent novel I read...more
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...more
Sean DeLauder
Because Umberto Eco demonstrates a remarkable knowledge of 14th-century (and earlier) ecclesiastical history, one might suspect him to be a student of the subject, or rather, the dean of a college of religious history. Or, and this seems more likely, an 800-year old biographer who finally got around to putting his early experiences down in writing 30 or so years ago.

Unfortunately, in truth, he was a medieval history professor before being convinced to write historical, monk-centered murder stori...more
Quân Khuê
Năm 1980, tiểu thuyết Tên của đóa hồng ra mắt ở châu Âu và ngay lập tức bán được hàng triệu bản. Tuy nhiên độc giả, mặc dù ngưỡng mộ và đắm say cùng cuốn sách, vẫn ngơ ngác không thể nào hiểu mối liên hệ giữa nhan đề và câu chuyện. Ba năm sau, Umberto Eco đã trả lời phần nào câu hỏi đó trong một tiểu luận, được trích dịch và in thành phụ lục của ấn bản tiếng Việt vừa được Nhã Nam và NXB Văn Học phát hành tháng 4-2013.

Những ai kỳ vọng đọc xong tiểu luận này sẽ hiểu được rõ ràng ý nghĩa của tên sá...more
Viji Sarath (Bookish endeavors)
An intellectual journey,at once thrilling and informative,with someone well-versed in matters of philosophy and religion and also,literature. The book was wonderful,unique,a marvel. Just like they said in New York Times Book Review,
"Umberto Eco has written a novel-his first-and it has become a literary event."

Lust for knowledge..

Of all the things that attracted me in this book,the best was the passion for knowledge. It goes beyond passion,making people sell their soul and commit murders,it becom...more
I have put off reviewing this book as there is nothing I can say that hasn't been said before or better than I am capable of saying. This book blew me away so whoever first brought Eco to my attention, thank you and thank you again. I have never before read anything quite like it. The book has knocked another chink in the wall of my aversion to historical fiction. Actually, more than a chink, and more than a few bricks. This book makes me want to devour more historical fiction and especially any...more
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Umberto Eco is 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 per...more
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