The Name of the Rose

The Name of the Rose

Fiction, General Fiction
Paperback Published on: 05/02/2004
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The Name of the Rose
The Name of the Rose is an unforgettable feast of a book.
Set in 14th century Italy, The Name of the Rose is a work of historical fiction that is seasoned with mystery, philosophy and theology. This is an unf... READ MORE
Libby Chapman


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 detective. He collects evidence, deciphers secret symbols and coded manuscripts, and digs into the eerie labyrinth of the abbey where extraordinary things are happening under the over of night.

A spectacular popular and critical success, The Name of the Rose is not only a narrative of a murder investigation but an astonishing chronicle of the Middle Ages.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780099466031
  • Number of pages: 592
  • Weight: 404g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 31 mm

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The Name of the Rose
Great...but hard!
After skimming over the slightly dull (but perhaps necessary) prologue and reading a few pages the book had my interest. It takes a while to get into it I ... READ MORE
The Name of the Rose
sophisticated pastime
the author shows his culture but it is not thrilling
The Name of the Rose
Mysterious Deaths and Philosophical Discussions
This book isn't for the faint of heart, whereas Sherlock Holmes stories come very quickly to the chief mystery and remain focused, The Name of the Rose goe... READ MORE
Gareth Madeley
The Name of the Rose
Medieval who done it
I found this book hard work at times. Some of the passages are unnecessarily long and the frequent Latin texts are not translated. The plot is sensible but... READ MORE
David Detraux
The Name of the Rose
A Feast for Semioticians... but perhaps not everyone else
Intensely atmospheric, with a fascinating story. Written by a great master of semiotics - I found his obsession with signifiers and their signification bec... READ MORE
Chained Bear