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Novel by Umberto Eco, published in Italian as Il nome della rosa in 1980. Although the work stands on its own as a murder mystery, it is more accurately seen as a questioning of "truth" from theological, philosophical, scholarly, and historical perspectives. The story centers on William of Baskerville, a 50-year-old monk who is sent to investigate a death at a Benedictine ...more
Paperback, 502 pages
Published October 26th 1984 by Picador (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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Walter
Apr 11, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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, Ar
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Mohammed Arabey
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
إكتب 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 بقراءاتي المعتادة السهلة لأني فعلا لا اعرف كيف أكتب مراجعة عنها

أســم الــوردة 1980 VS عــزازيـ
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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؟

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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
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s.penkevich
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jason Pettus
Mar 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. 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
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Matthew
Go ahead, throw your tomatoes at me!

I know that in general this book is loved. Many count it amongst their favorites. I found it very dull and very boring. I had an extremely hard time staying interested in the story, which is weird for me and mystery/suspense stories. Never have I fought so hard to finish a book (in general, I do not DNF).

So, if you couldn't stand it either, let me know that I am not alone.

For those that loved it and are ready to launch rotten produce at me:

Lawyer
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tim
Apr 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Whitaker
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
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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,
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Adriana
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
Kevin Neilson
Apr 27, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ahmed Oraby
Jan 14, 2015 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.
croce
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
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Ahmed
Nov 10, 2014 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
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Tristan
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indispensable
Truth illusory

Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose can rightly be called the literary equivalent of a shrewd smuggling operation. Surreptitiously sailing under the banner of what seems at first glance to be a traditional – and thus holding the promise of mass appeal - detective story, the recently deceased Italian semiotician clearly is reaching for a far more rich tapestry of genres – some tropes of which maintained, others slightly subverted - and themes. In fact, he himself admitted as such, on
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Lizzy
What more can I say about The Name of the Rose, besides adding that I loved it?
“Until then I had thought each book spoke of the things, human or divine, that lie outside books. Now I realized that not infrequently books speak of books: it is as if they spoke among themselves. In the light of this reflection, the library seemed all the more disturbing to me. It was then the place of a long, centuries-old murmuring, an imperceptible dialogue between one parchment and another, a living thing, a r
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Lynne King
Dec 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jan-Maat
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, somewhat isolated from everyday life, and desires awfully
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Stephen
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
Sawsan
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
عمل أدبي يجمع بين الجريمة والفلسفة والتاريخ الديني
صراعات الطوائف الدينية والرغبة في احتكار الحقيقة وسلطة المعرفة
الحوارات وإشارات النص والنقاشات الفلسفية مثيرة للتأمل والاهتمام
أسلوب ايكو ممتع ومشوق وسلس رغم كثرة التفاصيل في بعض الأجزاء
الرواية فيها الكثير من عالم اليوم
Νόρα
Πίεζα πάντα τον εαυτό μου να τελειώνω τα βιβλία που διάβαζα έστω κι αν έκανα μήνες! Αυτό το βιβλίο όμως με έφερε στα όριά μου.
Ξεκίνησα να το διαβάζω μετά από προτροπή φίλων και γνωστών,δεν ήμουν έτοιμη για το τί να περιμένω, κι έκαψα ορισμένα εγκεφαλικά κύτταρα. Ίσως το πιο κουραστικό βιβλίο που γνωρίζω. Δεν ξέρω αν φταίει ότι το ξεκίνησα σε μικρή ηλικία και...έπαθα εμπλοκή.Τρεις φορές επιχείρησα να το διαβάσω αλλά στις 100 σελίδες μπούκωνα και το παράταγα. Απλά πιστεύω ότι για κάποια βιβλία πρέ
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Nikoleta
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
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sweet jane
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Foad
مى خوايد راجع به فرقه هاى فرانسيسكن و بنديكتين و فراتيچلى بخونيد؟ توى اين كتاب هست.
مى خوايد راجع به دادگاه هاى تفتيش عقايد بخونيد؟ توى اين كتاب هست.
مى خوايد راجع به گسترش دانشگاه ها و آغاز رنسانس بخونيد؟ توى اين كتاب هست.
مى خوايد راجع به نوميناليسم ويليام اوكام بخونيد؟ توى اين كتاب هست.
مى خوايد راجع به كتاب گمشده ى ارسطو بخونيد؟ توى اين كتاب هست.
حتى اگه بخوايد راجع به شرلوك هولمز و خورخه لوييس بورخس و لودويگ ويتگنشتاين هم بخونيد، دست خالى از اين كتاب بر نمى گرديد.

و البته جز اين چه انتظارى ميشه د
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Laura
Dec 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Carmo
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italia, vi-o-fime, bib-p
" Escrevi um romance porque me apeteceu. Acho que é uma razão suficiente para alguém se pôr a contar uma história. Comecei a escrever em 1978, levado por uma ideia seminal. Apetecia-me envenenar um monge."
Umberto Eco

É o típico livro cebola; uma primeira camada com uma história, dentro de outra história, com ramificações na história real e com figuras reais que interagem com personagens fictícias em situações tanto reais como imaginárias. Um trabalho metódico de um autor conhecido pela sua erudiç
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Josh
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 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
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Jorge
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un texto vasto y poderoso, aunque a veces pudiera parecer un tanto ampuloso dada la erudición que despliega, durante toda la narración, su autor Umberto Eco (1932-2016), en la cual incluye numerosas frases y párrafos en latín, datos sobre la historia del cristianismo, información sobre botánica, grandes conocimientos sobre libros antiguos, hondas interpretaciones de las escrituras, así como algunas consideraciones filosóficas.

Dado que el autor además de escritor, filósofo y profesor fue un espe
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Jonathan

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
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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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