Book: The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
#81 on the Telegraph’s 100 novels everyone should read.
What is the story about?
The book is a journey to unravel the mystery behind the killings in an Italian monastery. Brother William and his understudy, Adso (the narrator of the story), take on this exciting task. It is a murder mystery along with numerous philosophical and theological banter.
It’s very hard and confusing for me to rate this book because I have two oppsite feelings about it. So I will divide it into two sections: the murder mystery part and the theology part.
Let’s start with the good. The murder mystery part I really enjoyed. I loved the reasoning behind Brother Williams deductions and how Eco planned it out. I also really liked the ending and how he wrapped it all together.
That being said, wow was this a tough book to plough through. I almost DNF and had to push myself through the first 100-200 pages (I enjoyed the 2nd half of the book much better).
Now i can’t really rate this part of the book or have an opinion about it really because i had no idea what he was talking about. I was reading words that i know, but had no idea what it was saying.
I am not a Christian, or a historian, or European. I have no idea who or what are the Fraticellis or Minirites or Benedicts. I have no prior knowledge or background to fall back on when reading these discussions so it was just words to me, without meaning.
And at the beginning of the novel, not much was happening regarding the murders and there was A LOT of discussions.
Which to me was like: wow this is so boring and slow and have no idea what is going on for 20-30 pages then yaay finally some action is happening .. then back to omg should i stick to this book really do i have to then yay something else happened.
But, even though they had looong discussions that i couldn’t really follow, I ended up liking both Brother William and Adso at the end.
And I liked what I took away from this book. Other than the history lesson, i liked that ‘laughter’ was the reason behind all the killings. It just shows you how important and powerful laughter really is.
I will leave you with a couple of quotes about laughter, and hope your days are filled with the joy and healing of it.