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The Name of the Rose

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It is the year 1327. Franciscans in an Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, but Brother William of Baskerville’s investigation is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths. Translated by William Weaver. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

Paperback, 552 pages
Published September 28th 1994 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published 1980)
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Mark Koster Absolutely! It's a murder mystery in the 1100's with monks, what's not to like? :) The book is slow paced, but incredibly well written. Make sure your…moreAbsolutely! It's a murder mystery in the 1100's with monks, what's not to like? :) The book is slow paced, but incredibly well written. Make sure your version has an explanation of all Latin terms in the back. First time I read the book, I never noticed the section until I finished the book :)(less)
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Steve Sckenda
“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
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
بــدريــه  الـبـرازي

- 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
(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
Mohammed Arabey
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 بالرغم 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 ع
Nov 26, 2011 s.penkevich rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
"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
Ahmed Oraby
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
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
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
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
Dec 06, 2007 Silvana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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

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
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

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
"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
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
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
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
Ayob Hazmi
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
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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K.D. Absolutely
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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
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
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
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
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
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