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message 1: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Neilson Excellent review. However, the movie poster for this would read:
"Infectious, lively, and likeable...Do yourself a grabs your attention...a conclusion so stellar!" -Argento

message 2: by Walter (last edited Aug 07, 2012 04:01AM) (new)

Walter Ullon Haha, that's how it works doesn't it? Yes, sarcasm does have its drawbacks...

message 3: by Dermo (new)

Dermo you got it in one. I personally liked those things about it, even though it ended up taking me two months to read...

message 4: by Carol (new)

Carol Great review, I agree 100%

message 5: by Mariam (new)

Mariam Couldn't have put it better.

The only difference between our experiences is that I spent most of my time pausing to try and pick out an overwhelming positive that people had led me to believe this book possessed.

message 6: by Carlos (new)

Carlos de Arquer "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, Aristotle, architecture, etc, with an amateurish mystery plot."

Brilliant! Like written by Eco himself.

message 7: by Dessin (new)

Dessin Caro ameringlese
Eco vuole imitare lo stile di una cronaca medievale, tutte le caratteristiche hai rilevato. Accontentati dei tuoi vari Patterson, Grisham e Follett, letteratura veloce e di consumo.

message 8: by Naomi (new)

Naomi Some people (me included) enjoy this sort of writing—it's more than a story, it's an educational experience and a fascinating immersion in the mindset of the period.

message 9: by Carlos (new)

Carlos de Arquer I have to say I finally enjoyed it. I was just expecting something different, but once you know what you're reading, it gets better.

Besides, the worst part is at the beginning, with an horrible thousands-of-pages description. Later than that, there's not such a bad experience anymore.

message 10: by Pepper (new)

Pepper Your review is spot on! I couldn't even finish it. I was so bored & became so irritated with it hat I actually threw the book out the window.

message 11: by [deleted user] (new)

I totally agree. On my fourth attempt to read this book, I have again given up; this time at page 224. I feel like there's a good story in here, if only (as with Lord of the Rings) it could have been sensibly edited! I read for pleasure, and that was too much like hard work. I'll buy the DVD and send this book to the charity shop, (which, incidentally, is where I picked it up. For a pound. With 50% off).

message 12: by Walter (new)

Walter Ullon Simon wrote: "I'll buy the DVD and send this book to the charity shop..."

You're supposed to do nice things for charity! ;)

message 13: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan I haven't read the book yet, and, given my taste in eloquence and verbosity, I might, actually, like it when I do read it. Either way, I loved this review!

message 14: by Walter (new)

Walter Ullon Thanks Jonathan!

message 15: by Terri (new)

Terri Perfect. My thoughts exactly. Over intellectualising with a rather poor murder mystery hiding underneath.

message 16: by Dante (new)

Dante "In which I, as reader, feel used" On the contrary; I have used this book many times to understand and explain concepts about literature semiotics and hypertext, among other subjects.

This is a book rich in content, it has academic value too, not just a plot. The book was made with this purpose.

message 17: by Walter (new)

Walter Ullon Dante wrote: ""In which I, as reader, feel used" On the contrary; I have used this book many times to understand and explain concepts about literature semiotics and hypertext, among other subjects.

This is a bo..."

It's great that you bring this up, since it's the main reason I picked it up in the 1st place. However, it just didn't do it for me. When it comes to semiotics, I'd much rather go through a more traditional text.

message 18: by Savio (new)

Savio Perfect review, exactly what I thought too.. pedantic trivia ...

message 19: by Kirk (new)

Kirk Funny review, with which I agree on some points although I liked the book (read twice).

What other book would entice me to look up the meanings of 'hypotyposis', 'jacinth', etc.?

message 20: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl Van Allen omg - perfect. could have been good, but zzzzzzzzzzz I gave up after 200 pages

message 21: by Lydia (new)

Lydia Ingram This review cracked me up. No matter what my opinion of the book ends up being (I'm about 1/3 of the way through it), I still give this review two thumbs up. :-)

message 22: by Walter (new)

Walter Ullon Glad you have a healthy sense of humor. Thanks! :)

message 23: by Teresa (new)

Teresa More or less sums up my own experience with this book. As a reader I do feel a bit used. Eco is supremely knowledgable in monastic life, architecture and theological as well as philosophical disputations BUT for my taste they are just a bit too dominant and pushes the thin plot line right out of the way. I feel disappointed even though the writing is good, technically. A book to struggle through without any particular rewards at the end :/

message 24: by David (new)

David Totally agree with this review!

message 25: by Ginny (new)

Ginny What a spot on review. This book has long been on my "to read" list, so I was excited when somebody in my group suggested it. What a waste of time. Not only did I hate the book, I resented the writer for wasting my time.

message 26: by Marzio (new)

Marzio 500 pages, and you missed the point.

message 27: by Lydia (new)

Lydia Ingram 5000 hay straws, and someone misses a needle. Whose fault is it, really?

message 28: by Marzio (new)

Marzio Well, 50000 copies and still selling. Mustn't be the book.

message 29: by Terri (last edited May 09, 2014 04:39AM) (new)

Terri Marzio wrote: "Well, 50000 copies and still selling. Mustn't be the book."

Over a 120 million copies of Twilight sold. What a literary masterpiece it must be!

In other news...its definitely the book.

message 30: by Marzio (new)

Marzio Good point.

message 31: by Terri (new)

Terri *bows* :)

message 32: by Walter (last edited May 09, 2014 01:23PM) (new)

Walter Ullon

message 33: by Srujana (new)

Srujana Gottumukkala Am not sure what rating to give the book , but your review is 5 star !!!

message 34: by [deleted user] (new)

Walter , W A L T E R , Mores the pity for you...let's agree to vehemently disagree . I suffer with terrible insomnia when my husband is not home... So taking half a 5mg Ambien , I sometimes want to go on with writing --Grammar Nazi has a hey day with me at those times .

message 35: by Our Daisy (new)

Our Daisy My feelings exactly, Walter!

message 36: by Almokhtar (new)

Almokhtar Bukhamsin I love your review, though, I say to the reader who's looking for crime/mystery: stop right there. You'd make better use of your free/reading time with other books of the genre.
This book is more about your #1 point: In which you feel used as a reader :). If you think of yourself that, and if you view monastic orders, philosophy and history as crap, then sure, the horse story should be the most entertaining part of the book.

message 37: by Vik (new)

Vik I only decided to read this because it's my best friend's favourite book of all time; I'm about half way through and I don't think I'll be taking reading suggestions from her in the future...

message 38: by Anupama (new)

Anupama excellent comment !!

message 39: by Anupama (new)

Anupama i meant excelent review. i had lots of expectations of this book and im mighty disappointed. i wish Eco gave more thrust to the murder mystery and brpught in semiotics that an average reader could understand ! give me Dan Brown anytime !!

message 40: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Hayman Agreed

message 41: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Hayman Agreed

message 42: by Hannah (new)

Hannah Ziegler My thoughts exactly. Although I loved it anyhow!

message 43: by Susan (new)

Susan He really draws a lot from Borges, who was able to do more with a short story than Eco can in 500 pages.

message 44: by Tom (new)

Tom Im reading this right now and really enjoying it. I like the philosophical digressions and interesting information about the setting. In fact I would have "put up with" the book without the mystery, I'm enjoying the atmosphere and thought-provoking dialogue. It doesnt feel to me that Eco is showing off, but creating the setting to draw a reader in. The novel is famous for being slow paced, philosophical and over-detailed, so I knew what I was getting.

message 45: by Bigsna (new)

Bigsna yikes. I picked up the book seeing the overwhelming rating on GR and was hoping to dive into something amazing. except, even the introduction has me faltering. now im confused, whether to go by this review or to go by the collective rating. because honestly, i dont feel like going down a path i will abandon

message 46: by Linda (new)

Linda I started to wonder about my intellectual capacity, because I found this highly rated book so tedious. And then I read your spot on review. And then I looked at all the other highly intellectual books that you enjoy. And I feel vindicated. Thank you.

message 47: by Kyle (new)

Kyle Barton Hilarious. I just started reading (p35 maybe) but think I will continue to enjoy both his writing and his diversions. Of course I just finished reading the entire Divine Comedy, after which a person couldn't possibly be more prepared to read The Name of the Rose.

message 48: by John (new)

John It's only enjoyable if you like the historical and philosophical elements, the plot is peripheral. If you wanted a mystery plot alone, then you're bound to be disappointed as that was never Eco's intention when he wrote the book.

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