The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, William Weaver

The Name of the Rose

Umberto Eco, William Weaver

fiction Historical Mystery
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The year is 1327. Benedictines 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. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon—all sharpened to a glistening edge by wry humor and a ferocious curiosity. He 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.”

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mysterious 86%
challenging 60%
reflective 53%
dark 46%
adventurous 30%
informative 30%
tense 26%
emotional 6%
sad 6%
funny 3%
inspiring 3%


slow 75%
medium 24%

Strong character development?

No: 45% | Yes: 40% | It's complicated: 15%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 55% | No: 22% | Yes: 22%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 80% | It's complicated: 9% | Yes: 9%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 47% | No: 29% | It's complicated: 17% | N/A: 5%

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