The Name of the Rose was Umberto Eco’s first main book and was a global best seller in the early 1980s. I had planned for a long time to read it and finally had the opportunity to do so.
After more than 400 pages, I can tell that it is indeed a really great book. The atmosphere is really well rendered and one does feel like being in a monastery in the early 12th century.
The long – too long – theological discussions on whether Jesus Christ laughed or had any possession reinforce that.
The plot and characters are equally brilliant. The ending with the explanations of the various mysteries are just fantastic. I read the last 150 pages in one long session without even noticing how time flew.
Regarding the title, you understand it at the very last line, by default.
Simply put, this is a must read. You may skip the latin locussions if you want, you won’t miss much. I very much would have wanted translations as the version I read didnt have any and as my two years of studyng the language proved inefficient to decypher everything.