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Genres :Fiction , Mystery , Spanish Language Fiction
Published By : Everyman's Library
Published On : Sep 26, 2006
ISBN : 0307264890 (ISBN13: 9780307264893)
Format :Hardcover
Language :English
No. of pages : 560
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    “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...”
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    “Then why do you want to know?"
    "Because learning does not consist only of knowing what we must or we can do, but also of knowing what we could do and perhaps should not do.”
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    “What is love? There is nothing in the world, neither man nor Devil nor any thing, that I hold as suspect as love, for it penetrates the soul more than any other thing. Nothing exists that so fills and binds the heart as love does. Therefore, unless you have those weapons that subdue it, the soul plunges through love into an immense abyss.”
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    “Until then I had thought each book spoke of the things, human or divine, that lie outside books. Now I realized that not infrequently books speak of books: it is as if they spoke among themselves. In the light of this reflection, the library seemed all the more disturbing to me. It was then the place of a long, centuries-old murmuring, an imperceptible dialogue between one parchment and another, a living thing, a receptacle of powers not to be ruled by a human mind, a treasure of secrets emanated by many minds, surviving the death of those who had produced them or had been their conveyors.”
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    “Love is wiser than wisdom.”
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  • ...his characters are stiff and two-dimensional; they talk too much, if eloquently; and Eco may ultimately be less a novelist than a preacher. Still: a rich, fascinating failure--with clever, tapestry-like appeal for a limited, historically-minded audience.

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  • Innocent people are being burned as witches and heretics. And the corpses of monks keep turning up when least expected. It would certainly be impossible to accuse Eco of having written a dry academic novel.

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  • ...if you want to understand the real key to its success, you need look no further than the structure of the story and the name of the protagonist, William of Baskerville...it seems implausible that he did not realize all along that he was simply transplanting Sherlock Holmes to a medieval monastery.

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  • Overall the thriller is gripping and the book is a non stop read. It is interesting to note how Christianity was engulfed in a mire of contradictory theories each struggling against the other before it became the religion it is today.

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  • I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. I’m not sure it’s a book for every reader, although I do think it’s the most accessible of the three novels by Eco that I’ve read...

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