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One of the best books of the 20th century,
This review is from: The Name Of The Rose (Paperback)
What else can be said about this book that hasn't been said already? It is an amazingly well-written book aimed, in my opinion, at mature educated readers that wish to immerse themselves in a mind-blowing literary feast that will change their lives forever. Very little can be said against it, except perhaps that Eco didn't make it longer.
It can be an extremely interesting read for anyone interested in Medieval history (the author is an expert in that field), for those keen on reading suspense novels, for anyone fond of enigmas, for bibliophiles, for people interested in Church matters, and so on. The novel contains a superb mixture of many different issues, and a wealth of information about them that educated readers might use as an excuse for further reading.
I think "The Name of the Rose" is definitely one of the greatest books of the 20th century and it still hasn't been beaten by any other novel by Umberto Eco. I doubt he will ever be able to do so, anyway. But, in any case, the book is so full of details and interesting passages that there is no need for him to beat it. One can just go back to it, read a few paragraphs and enjoy this masterpiece of contemporary literature.