In the Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco
I finally finished a book! This quarantine thing has really made it hard for me to read. I can't even blame my children for it. I just have no focus. This seems to be a pretty common problem according to some of the posts in the various book groups I'm in on Facebook.
All of that aside, I think this book was always going to take me a little bit of time to finish. There's just so much to unpack. If you don't know anything about the history of the Catholic church and the papacy, I would avoid this book. I have a reference book that deals with every Pope up to the most recent one. Even that was barely enough to keep me above water. There were more than a few trips to Google to get clarification.
Even without the history, there were the sheer number of people mentioned. Trying to keep track required a spreadsheet. And you had to try to pick out the various characters among all of Eco's detail. So much detail. If you take away all of the descriptions of the monastery, this book is probably only 200 pages. If you take away everything that doesn't deal directly with the mystery that is suppose to be the focus of this group, this book is maybe 50 pages.
Like I said, it's a lot to unpack. If I were to attempt this book at another point in time, I would probably invest in the readers' guide. Maybe I need to track down a copy of the movie. I hear it's pretty good as far a movies based on books go.
Dates Read 2/12/2020 - 3/20/2020
Book 13 from the Idiot's Guide to Ultimate Reading - Historical Fiction List