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هذا كتاب مزعج!
I never could understand how someone could cry from laughing until I read this book. The chapter on French Easter traditions had me rolling; tears streaming down my cheeks. I even cried from laughing the next day as I tried to explain it to a friend. Best Sedaris book, by far!
An often dense read, this intellectual book does not shy away from ecumenical, theological, historical, or philosophical digressions. However, the murder mystery propels the plot forward, as does the real-time narration (Adso narrates the book in seven days, marking chapters according to the daily monastic schedule). The chapter descriptions lend an academic feel to the novel and the decision to break chapters by time of day rather than action not only pulls the reader into the world of the abbey, but also makes the reader's progress easy to note. Eco is quite frankly a genius and I sometimes wished I read the book along with one of the companion guides - at the very least to translate the Latin, Greek, and sometimes even German quotations, but also to explain the historical background. With the caveat that this is not a book to be taken lightly, however, I was absolutely enthralled by it. The Sean Connery movie adaptation, which I watched a celebration for finishing the book, is one of those adaptations that make unexpected changes to the plot line that you were not entirely sure was necessary, but at the same time could understand Hollywood's motivations. Absolutely read the book first.