The Name of the Rose

The Name of the Rose

Book - 1983
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"A brilliantly conceived adventure into another time" ( San Francisco Chronicle ) by critically acclaimed author Umberto Eco.


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 to the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, and the empirical insights of Roger Bacon to find the killer. He collects evidence, deciphers secret symbols and coded manuscripts, and digs into the eerie labyrinth of the abbey ("where the most interesting things happen at night") armed with a wry sense of humor and a ferocious curiosity.

Publisher: San Diego, CA : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich , 1983.
ISBN: 9780156001311
Branch Call Number: +F ECO
Characteristics: 502 pages


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Lani_T Oct 22, 2014

Lethal feuds between emperors and popes, the Inquisition, the Albigesian Crusade, the world as a labyrinth... and a manuscript, of course...
This complex yet entertaining part historical, part whodunit book is very different than any other mystery novel. Eco is a professor of semiotics, a medievalist and a person of vast erudition--all three things very evident in this book.
His master detective is a wise and tolerant Franciscan scholar, Brother William of Baskerville. William's young apprentice, Adson of Melk, plays the role of narrator and sidekick. The mystery revolves around the last remaining copy of Aristotle’s Second book of poetics, his writings about comedy, now lost.

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