The Name of the Rose
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It is the year 1327. Franciscans in an Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, but Brother William of Baskerville’s investigation is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths. Translated by William Weaver. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
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I read this book for the first time in 1993 during graduate school. I was intrigued by the premise in which a seasoned Benedictine monk and novice are sent to another abbey to investigate a death. Was it murder? An accident? The work of something evil and not of this world?
This book remains one of my top 10 favorites of all time. I remember being so determined to understand every word, every nuance that I kept an Italian to English dictionary by my side as a bit of the dialogue is in Italian. I am a very quick reader @ 90 pages per hour (standard paperbacks) but as I recall, this novel took a bit longer, but the payoff was completely worth the extra time.