The Name of the Rose

The Name of the Rose


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The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. His delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths that take place in seven days and night of apocalyptic terror. The body of one monk is found in a cask of pigs' blood, another is floating in a bathhouse, still another is crushed at the foot of a cliff.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780156001311
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/28/1994
Series: Harvest in Translation Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 552
Product dimensions: 5.49(w) x 8.05(h) x 1.33(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Umberto Eco is a professor of semiotics at the Universityof Bologna. His other books include Foucault's Pendulum, The Island of the Day Before, and three collections of popular essays, Travels in Hyperreality, Misreadings, and How to Travel with a Salmon and Other Essays. He lives in Milan.


Bologna, Italy

Date of Birth:

January 5, 1932

Date of Death:

February 19, 2016

Place of Birth:

Alessandria, Italy


Ph.D., University of Turin, 1954

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The Name of the Rose 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 123 reviews.
DrJimC More than 1 year ago
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.
william_deeds More than 1 year ago
If I were asked which book had greatly impacted my intellectuality, I would say it was "The Name of the Rose" by Umberto Eco. Even though the book was very challenging and complex, the literary elements used (in the novel) made it a very well written book. It entertained me for five complete days in which I was successfully forced to isolate myself from the world, only to live this medieval experience at its best. After reading those exhausting first 100 pages (that were the most challenging from the entire book) in which the abbey was being described with excessive detail, I really got hooked up even more. The plot advanced extremely fast after these first 100 pages, and before I even knew it, I was finishing the novel with tremendous pride. After reading "The Name of the Rose" everything was worth it; all my time, my effort, etc. invested gave their respective "healthy fruits". Many appropriate elements in the book, not seen in any other book, successfully made me feel as if I were part of the most intriguing era: the medieval era. The Latin phrases disseminated throughout the text, the magnificent descriptions of the abbey, the historical context in which this book took place in, but especially, the ideas expressed in the book, were the elements that made this book superior from the others to such a level that a movie was made to fulfill the vast excellence of this work (although the movie is not as good as the book). The author also used an opportune book structure throughout the text that was historically used by the medieval intellectuals (the scholars). When they wrote books, the medieval scholars used summaries at the beginning of each chapter, and this made me feel (even more) as if I were part of the medieval era. All the ideas, superstitions, beliefs, etc, exposed in the book really made me think seriously. It is extremely interesting how the author combined religion and philosophy in the book. For instance, the blind scholar Jorge of Burgos feverously made a very profound point about religion that came in hand with the philosophy of life (or existentialism). Jorge played a huge roll in the novel using, as a justification for his actions, the seriousness of life (not laughing at anything since it is a great offense to God). This was the main point (with many more) were philosophy and religion of the medieval era fought against each other, and this combination really left me pondering a lot. Besides this, the book carried out the idea of history throughout its plot, which I really liked. This historical consistency seen throughout the novel gave me a very high-quality history lesson about a specific part of the medieval era. This is a very well written book that should be read only when you feel intellectually and physically strong enough (since this book is not that simple and requires quite a lot of time). I sincerely recommend, and it's a must read book. Waste no more time, and READ IT NOW!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had no idea when I picked up this random book hiding on a shelf in a bookstore that I would not be able to put it down for 2 weeks. It blows Tolken's books out of the water. I didn't think I could find a better mystery than A Tale of Two Cities, but did I ever.
Anthrogrl More than 1 year ago
Umberto Eco's novel takes place in the Middle Ages- the investigator is Brother William of Baskerville (a nod to another famous sleuth) who, assisted by his apprentice Adso, uncovers a series of murders during a thelogical summit at a wealthy monastery. Mystery and history-buffs will enjoy this novel, although the plot can be difficult to follow due to Eco's tendency to digress into complicated theological arguments and vague historical references. 'The Name of the Rose' is a hefty read that can be dull in some parts, but overall it is an enjoyable story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Despite the fact that reading an Umberto Eco book can make a reader feel gravely undereducated, The Name of the Rose's core story is truly a masterpiece. A patient, attentive reader will be rewarded with a compelling, suspensful, layered mystery combined with keen insight into the disturbing religious zeal of Europe in the Middle Ages. The only drawback I found was the occasional long-winded digressions into things that didn't seem to contribute much, if anything to the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I strongly recommend this italian novel written by Umberto Eco! It is set in North of Italy in the middle ages and the main characters are 2 franciscan monks, who investigate some murders which happen in a monastery. The book is a historical novel and it has been considered an authentic masterpiece. What pushed me to read the book is the fact that the film based on this book has always been my favourite. So I decided to read it and, surprisingly enough, I found it even more memorable than the film. It really immerses you in the atmosphere of the time, and the plot, so full of suspanse, makes the book unputdownable. What struck me has been the possibility to find in the book a mixture of different elements, such as the romanticism of a love story, the suspense of a detective book and, above all, a deep reflection and criticism on the society of the time, considered by the writter as the childhood of our modern Europe. In this novel you will flind everything you could look for in a book. I can assure that reading it will be an unforgettable experience.
douahe More than 1 year ago
Eco's "The Name of the Rose" epitomizes everything that historical fiction should be. Fictional events set in true cultural history. Eco's mastery of medieval history and philosophy is indicated in every aspect of the story. His depictions of medieval monastic society are fantastic. His grasp of the philosophical struggles going on between the different Mendicant orders, the Mendicant orders and the greater Catholic Church, and different factions inside the Church. The murder mystery he tells is intricately tied to the philosophical and cultural struggles of the time. The slowly shifting paradigms are exquisitely integrated into the plot. Unless you have a good grasp of Latin, French and German I highly recommend purchasing the companion book for The Name of the Rose. It provides translations for all of the passages not already translated into English.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To say that Umberto Eco is a literary phenomenon would not be going too far. 'The Name of the Rose' is a wonderfully written novel that intertwines mystery and philosophy in the captivating late Middle Ages. It is a book that can be enjoyed by both the thinker and the sleuth, although I think that one who is both will get even more out of it. I read 'Angels and Demons' as well as 'The Da Vinci Code,' and 'The Name of the Rose' is still the uncontested heavyweight champ. Also, the movie does little to reveal Signore Eco's literary skill, so stick with the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is definitely a difficult read (I had to have a dictionary close by) but it was also a wonderful, suspenseful, absolutely engrossing book. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Quite simply the finest historical novel ever written. Eco raised the bar both in historical fiction and whodunnits. One of the most literary works of modern times, an absolute must.
carlosmock More than 1 year ago
In the year 1327, Brother William of Baskerville is assigned an investigation of a possible heresy in a wealthy Italian Abbey, Abbaye de la Source, somewhere between Pompeii and Passy. The Novel is narrated by a young Benedictine novice and William's assistant, Adso of Melk. The story occurs in seven days of 1327, and the chapters are related to the daily monastic life of a Benedictine convent's canonical hours: Matins, Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, Nones, Vespers, and Compline. The book is 503 pages long, so it comes to around 72 pages/day. The religious bacground is ruled by the protagonists Pope John XXII (1249 - December 4, 1334), born Jacques Duèze (or d'Euse), who was pope from 1316 to 1334. He was the second Pope of the Avignon Papacy. (1309-1377), elected by a conclave in Lyon assembled by Philip V of France. Like his predecessor, Clement V, he centralized power and income in the Papacy, living a princely life in Avignon and spending a lot of money for his court and his wars. The Pope opposed Louis IV of Bavaria as emperor, and Louis, in turn invaded Italy, and set up an antipope, Nicholas V. Pope John XXII had set a a constitution concerning the taxae sacrae poenitentiariae in which the pope exploited the sins of the religious in order to squeeze out more money by creating the indulgence. However the Franciscans had a vow of poverty and opposed this doctrine, thus the Pope wanted to declare them heretics because the Franciscan belief was not good for his business. So William of Baskerville arrives to the Abbaye de la Source to see if a mediation is possible between the two factions, since there is a suspicion that some of the members of the abbey are against the indulgences. His mission is overshadowed by a series of bizarre deaths and accusations of homosexuality between certain monks-so Brother William, aided by Adso, turn detectives. Their mission now is to find the killer before the two factions: the Italians who believe in the vow of poverty, and the French who want to continue the practice of indulgence arrive for a meeting to consider a compromise. William's tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon-all sharpened to a glistened edge by wry humor and a ferocious curiosity. William 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. His foes are secrecy, religious rules and a secret desire to guard the library-for only the librarian can control the knowledge that leaves the convent. It is no accident that the book starts out as a mystery and continues to deceive the reader until the climactic end-until the reader realizes that this is a mystery in which very little is discovered and the good detective is defeated. It is no accident, either, that the book should have been edited-it contains long didactic passages that even the book editors requested be edited out. The author's explanation for boring you too death with them is that if somebody wanted to enter the abbey and live there for seven days-he had to accept the abbey's slow pace. Therefore there are several hundred pages that are purposely left as a penance or an initiation. Unfortunately for us, the readers, the penance is almost all the way to the end-until we discover that the historical premise and the crimes had nothing to do with the book. But rather it was a theologic
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the spanish version of this book back in 1987 while in school, i loved it, if you watch the movie with sean connery you will understand it better. The book gives you more details and scenarios which makes the book a little tedious but i totally recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Name of the Rose is a masterful blending of fiction, history, and a whole lot of murders. It seemed to run similar to an Agatha Christie novel with the historical aspects of the book shining through to add to the feeling that the book expresses. The book is a historical fiction and a murder mystery too which makes for a fast paced plot that keeps you riveted till the shocking conclusion. A must for anyone who loves mysteries, historical fiction or just a good book to read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A friend of mine recommended this book, but ruined the ending before I read it. I was still intrigued by the concept behind the book, so I decided to buy it. I wasn't disappointed either. I can't say I understood all of the historical references, but aside from that the intricate plot development was amazing. I never would have suspected the ending. A wonderful labyrinth of surprises.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Umberto Eco knows how to creat great atmospheres, how to thrill the reader, and most of all, how to write. The most amazing is how easily he pulls a fiction story out of History. Simply amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Big concepts taught in an interesting plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although this book had a great story line, it was soooo difficult to get through. I had to make myself stay with it. There are too many long wordy paragraphs that lost me.
wsj1238 More than 1 year ago
A very enjoyable book, and have told all my friends about this great book.
anne_jindra More than 1 year ago
Incredible book and movie (with Sean Connery) by Umberto Eco, an incredible Italian philosopher who studied semiotics. Name of the Rose explores medieval Italy during the Inquisition, as a monk serves his order by exploring a series of murders that no one wants solved... Brace yourself for some hardcore philosophia- I pulled this from one of my old discussions at so it's the worlds best way to get the most out of the book (adventure meets understanding :) I’m not terribly far in, but a good chunk of philosophy is covered in the first few chapters. So far some cool things I’ve found (most points were found in the paper Murder and Mayhem in a Medieval Abbey: The Philosophy of the Name of the Rose -David G. Baxter): First off the preface is a fake. Eco wrote it to situate the novel in a historical context. The fact that it is also fictional was, I felt, an excellent lead in to a book about understanding signs and significance. The very fact that it is fictional is alluded to when the author states “In short, I am full of doubts. I really don’t know why I have decided to pluck up my courage and present, as if it were authentic, the manuscript of Adso of Melk,” and again on the first page, “now repeating verbatim all I saw and heard without venturing to seek a design, as if to leave to those who will come after… signs of signs, so that the prayer of deciphering may exercised on them.” Also of note in the last quote is a reference to the idea found frequently in Apologetics that all true knowledge is a priori, not deriven from facts and deductive logic. The theory of interpreting signs in order to acquire knowledge of things (concrete in the world) was systematized by William of Occam, who is mentioned several times in conjunction with Plato’s ideals. Plato held the opinion that all of the things of the world had an ideal form from which they derove their existence. It’s also interesting to note that Occam was decried for heresy over an interpretation of Apostilic poverty- it conflicted with the notions held by Pope John XXII as it dictated that the church and its servants should live in poverty (the only property belonging to them would belong only in the sense of being used by them). This is the subject of the conference which is called at the Abbey which is the setting of our novel. The protagonist lends himself to a comparison with Sherlock Holmes, not the least because he is from Baskerville. This, in turn, moves to a study of deductive logic, which William freely admits he does not practice (nor does Holmes, truly). Deductive logic is unveiling a truth by following definitions back to their source. For instance given the statements, “All men are mortal,” and “Socrates is a man,” we may understand that Socrates is a mortal. In contrast, William (of Baskerville) uses Abductive logic. The process of using signs to build a hypothesis which is then forwarded for the purpose of eliciting more signs. There are four steps to Abductive Reasoning, which can be illustrated in following the dialogue of the first chapter with regards to the Abbot’s horse, Brunellus.... Tatianna Anne Jindra On YouTube BadFantasyRx
Samplin More than 1 year ago
Not for the Casual Reader Getting through this book took a lot of effort and stamina. Yup it was heady stuff, full of all sorts of history and a pretty good story to boot. That said, I have not seen that much Latin since Vatican II. I was amazed that I was actually able to read some of it and it's been 60 years since I opened a Latin textbook. The story is encased in a lot of information about a period of time that is not a familiar subject for most. A series of deaths in a monastery turn out not to be natural and a priest of another orders is engaged to figure out the mystery.
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And be a black hole today. Do not judge a book by the movie if you saw the movie first. Best sellers become out of print except on nook so new on nook may be out of date and not a golden oldie reissued either