An unusual crime fiction novel.


nameofroseI have been quiet on the book front lately.  I mentioned this book when I wrote about my reading challenges for this year. Well I did finish it but it took me a while to get into the book as I was rather put off by the frequent use of latin within the text even though the latin is often paraphrased.

From the bookjacket:

Imagine a medieval castle run by the Benedictines, with cellarists, herbalists, gardeners, young novices.  One after the other half a dozen monks are found murdered in the most bizarre of ways.  A learned Franciscan who is sent to solve the mystery finds himself involved int the frightening events. , , , a sleuths’s pursuit of the truth behind the mystery also involves the pursuit of meaning – in words, symbols, ides, every conceivable sign the visible universe contains.

It certainly was an intriguing read and I was keen to see the movie once I finished the book.

The movie had Sean Connery and Christian Slater as the stars and I enjoyed the movie but not as much as the book as the movie deviated from the book in certain parts.  I am a staunch believer that the book is almost always better than the movie and in this case it was certainly true.

You can find some detailed reviews of this book here.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Jennifer says:

    I have started this book at least a dozen times …… and can never get going on it. Maybe now I’ll give it a try!

  2. Well done for keeping at it. I’ve given up on at least four books this year that I found too much of a toil, which I always feel is a great pity. I haven’t read this one but I agree with you about books v films. As good as films can be they never seem to include everything that’s in the book.

    1. suth2 says:

      It is disappointing when you have to give up on a book. Perhaps this was why this one was on the ‘to be read’ shelf. I had tried it previously and found it wanting. Glad I persevered with it. I have given up on some books too. One I distinctly remember is Red Queen. I tried that one at least twice before eventually giving the book away.

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