Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco

To be completely honest, I have to re-read the book to understand it well. I felt there were a lot of things I didn't understand because though I've read a few novels about churches and Christianity, I don't have enough background to catch up with the author's brilliancy.
I know I'd enjoy it if I could understand the mystery from the beginning. It's just a scary tale about crimes and books! I loved the way he made this book about books, and how passion can be misleading is genius.
I'd give a short description of the book, but other websites do it better since I'd focus on things I was interested in. At times the book made me feel I can change the world, but at other times it makes you feel like whatever you do has no effect. It makes you think, about right, wrong and how to judge between those.

Here are a few quotes I liked:
"Books are not made to be believed but to be subjected to inquiry. When we consider a book, we mustn't ask ourselves what it says but what it means"
Page 307

"After so many years even the fire of passion dies, and with it what was believed the light of the truth. Who is able to say now whether Hector or Achilles was right, Agmamemnon or Priam, when they fought over the beauty of a woman who is now dust and ashes?"
Page 384

"The good of a book lies in its being read"
Page 388

Have to thank Victoria who recommended this book!!


Unknown said...

What's next on your reading list, habibti? ;) I'm reading Henry Miller's "Tropic of Cancer"!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good book, I should give it a try some day .... U should read The World According to Garp its really great.