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The Name of the Rose

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Fantastic book, but sloppy nook transfer of map images

This is an excellent book, but I feel it useful to provide editing feedback in this early stage of eBooks. The maps of the abbey and the library are poorly transferred to the eBook format. In both cases, only the upper left corner of each of these maps are visible on ...
This is an excellent book, but I feel it useful to provide editing feedback in this early stage of eBooks. The maps of the abbey and the library are poorly transferred to the eBook format. In both cases, only the upper left corner of each of these maps are visible on the BN nook. This does not seriously detract from this fantastic novel, but I was disappointed by the seeming lack of effort to format these images appropriately for the nook.

posted by DrJimC on January 3, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Try to make it past 1st 100 pages!

This book is definitely hard to get into. Even Eco comments in his notes in the back that his friends and editor suggested lightening up the first 100 pages or so. I found myself lost in the different monk factions and their political agendas which, while interesting,...
This book is definitely hard to get into. Even Eco comments in his notes in the back that his friends and editor suggested lightening up the first 100 pages or so. I found myself lost in the different monk factions and their political agendas which, while interesting, were a bit 'thick' to get through. Yes, some of this was critical to understanding the characters' motivations, but it could have been done in such a way as to be less 'plodding'. Once I made it past that, it was an enjoyable read. So,if you undertake this book, don't be discouraged by the beginning!

posted by Anonymous on February 6, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2006

    Try to make it past 1st 100 pages!

    This book is definitely hard to get into. Even Eco comments in his notes in the back that his friends and editor suggested lightening up the first 100 pages or so. I found myself lost in the different monk factions and their political agendas which, while interesting, were a bit 'thick' to get through. Yes, some of this was critical to understanding the characters' motivations, but it could have been done in such a way as to be less 'plodding'. Once I made it past that, it was an enjoyable read. So,if you undertake this book, don't be discouraged by the beginning!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2004

    a Challenging Read

    This book was tough for me to get through, but I kept at it because I was certain it had good qualities. And it did! There were parts that were very wordy and rather dull, but the good parts were great. In retrospect, I'm very glad I stuck with it... the historical aspects were very thought provoking, and it was a darn good mystery. Would recommend it to an adventurous, serious reader, but not for a lightweight.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2009

    Lots Of Filler

    When it comes right down to it, I was disappointed with this book. There is a murder mystery in there, and that part of the book is decent overall. It features mysterious circumstances and involves well developed characters. It kept me guessing as to who the murderer was. However, there is so much else in this book that one can easily forget there's a murder mystery taking place. I'd say the book is half and half: half a murder mystery, half other story. Many reviewers seemed to really like that. However, I found it distracting. I wanted a murdery mystery. What I found in this book was a murder mystery buried in another story.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2005

    Good book; took too long to get there

    I would only recommend this book for true bibliophiles. However, even for us, I would say that this book could have been much better if it were about a hundred pages lighter. Thematically it is brilliant. One HUGE drawback, though: way too much Italian.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2004

    Good But Tedious

    This is a good book. It gets a little long winded if you are not facinated by the Middle Ages. Lots of Latin, names, very detailed descriptions of the time. All in all a very good book with a good story. Personally I was expecting the 'Anti-Christ' to be a running a real evil operation not a low-fi production that is not carrying much weight. I guess that is just me watching too much Hollywood. But shouldn't the AntiChrist be the ruin of millions and millions of people, not just a few hundered. But then again I guess most people were illiterate so in effect it was ruining millions. Man it would be tough to be a woman in those times. Whew, those are some mean spirited monks.

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