The Name of the Rose takes place in the year 1327, Brother William of Baskerville is assigned an investigation of a possible heresy in a wealthy Italian Abbey, Abbaye de la Source, which is located between Pompeii and Passy. The Novel is told by William's assistant, Adso of Melk. The story occurs in about seven days in 1327, and the chapters are related to the daily monastic life of a Benedictine convent's canonical hours: Matins, Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, Nones, Vespers, and Compline.
Brother William of Baskerville arrives to the abbey to see if a truce is possible between the two factions, since there is a suspicion that some of the members of the abbey are against the indulgences. The two factions that believe two different and distinct things: the Italians who believe in the vow of poverty, and the French who want to continue the practice of indulgence. The foundation to our mystery and the history behind what is really going on the background.
Although Brother William is on his mission, he is then plagued with mysterious and bizarre deaths accusations of homosexuality between certain monks. Brother William, aided by Adso, turn into detectives. So along with figuring out their current mission, now they must find a killer before the two factions can no longer bare it or settle for a compromise. Even worse are these bizarre events and deaths that keep occurring almost seemingly trying to turn off Brother William from what he came to investigate and solve. But like all stories, every part is connected.
The book starts off as a mystery with intrigue, but it's no accident. The book is meant to deceive the reader all the way until it's end. So if you love a good mystery, this is a book for you! The book is also filled with great memorable characters such as William and Adso, but also memorable lines in dialogue, some of which I have bookmarked. Some of it witty, humors, and at times dialogue that makes you wonder and bask in intrigue. Eco has a brilliant way of making the reader feel completely in the setting and the version of the book I had, even had a map of the abbey so you can make the journey with William. The only weakness I found was that at times Eco described too much making the book too long at 500 pages, but this too was done on purpose. Eco wants the reader to experience the slow pace of convent life. That brings me back to why I loved the book, it was a book to learn from because its about what we most value in life.
Mystery lovers this is the book for you, although long in length, the book is still an amazing read. If you want to read the book, then you will also have to check out the movie that came out in the late 80's, but stared Sean Connery and Christian Slater as the two beloved characters, William and Adso. Watching the movie even brought the book alive for me. If I were to rate the book, I would give it 4 1/2 stars.