The Name Of The Rose
With a love of all things medieval, and a strong desire for a true mystery, I borrowed from my local library Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose. Eco's scenery descriptions and almost blueprint perfect images of a medieval abbey allowed me to escape 2005 and visit 1327. I could smell the musty old walls and feel the dampness on my skin. The basic plot is nothing new to mystery fans. Big event with VIP crowd, murder with a sinister end in mind and a suave detective with a flair for the dramatic. As the Catholic Church is gathering at the Benedictine Abbey to discuss ridding the church of the evils of wealth strange happenings begin to take place. From drowning to burning and some other ABC's of murder one by one the priests and visitors begin to disappear. Could it be the work of the devil himself? Can the answers come from none other than the Grand Inquisition? Enter Brother William of Baskerville and his not so brave, but whole-heartedly trusting assistant Adso. With true Sherlock Holmesian forensics William and Adso search out the truth and defend the unjustly accused. Not only is William a master detective, he is what I like to call a rebel! Brother William must stand against the power of the Inquisition and solve the murders that have an odd way of protecting the secrets of the 14th century Abbey Library. My abstract started with my library and ends with Eco's library. That's coming full circle just as Umberto Eco has done in The Name of the Rose.