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The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
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Jan 22, 08

bookshelves: fiction, whodunit
Read in January, 2008

Forget The DaVinci Code, Umberto Eco did it first. This murder mystery set within the arcane world of monks living in 1327 is densely layered with Christian history, medieval trivia, and a whole lot of gore. It is fascinating to read something set nearly 700 years ago, and yet written with a modern writer's cognizance. Our hero, William of Baskerville (Sherlock's hound perhaps?), relies on deductive reasoning to reveal the equally cunning mastermind behind all the murders at the abbey. Our narrator, Adso, struggles to find his way as he walks the line between his faith, which is all he has known during his short life as a novice monk, and his reason, which is cultivated by his new mentor. Admittedly, some of the author's digressions into papal politics take stamina, but Eco never abandons the pulse of weird events taking place at the abbey. (There is a very useful list of characters on Wikipedia that I wish I'd found when reading page 1 instead of page 500. So many to keep track of!)
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Openthepurple One of my favorites too.


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