Many months have passed since my last post. We have welcomed another year. Also, I have (officially) finished my thesis (though I would like to continue on with it, if only I could figure out replica exchange or know a bit more about computational chemistry). As it is, I’m re-reading Umberto Eco’s novel, The Name of the Rose. Apparently, its his most famous work yet and the first one I’ve acquired. I’m trying to collect his books, you see. So far, I’ve only got this, and Focault’s Pendulum. Both of them had been gathering dust in my bookshelves due to different reasons. The Name of the Rose (from here on, it’s Rose for short) is a rather challenging read, especially for someone who knows next to nothing in Latin and Medieval History & Theology. Various references to the many personalities and movements of the 12th century and older kept cropping up that I can’t make sense of it. Frankly, it requires extensive note-taking and background research to understand the work and that is why I cannot seem to finish The Rose as I have done with the other novels (especially with my schoolwork and all). It’s really not that reader friendly. Pendulum, on the other hand, is more reader-friendly (in terms of content) than The Rose for me, or perhaps because I know a little about the Crusades and the Knights Templar (since it’s rather famous). However, my copy is a little too old and
musty that I cannot stop sneezing while reading it. In the end, my eyes are watery and so I have to give up.
Now that I am waiting for graduation, I decided to tackle Rose once more. This time, I have the available time (
and effort) to spend in hunting down the allusions, contemplating on the story’s background and setting, look up vocabulary words and translate phrases in Latin and who-knows-what-language that are abound in the book. all-in-all, I believe that succeeding posts about The Rose would be akin to booknotes.