Nulla Rosa Est | The Name of the Rose

Dear Atty. Ace,

It took me a long time but—I can finally say—I have finished reading the book!

Been almost a month now since my last letter and, well, my sentiments hardly changed: I still wish I knew how to read Latin! And I believe you of all people know how instrumental even the basic knowledge of that language is key to understanding not just the poems and passages per se but the hidden clues in them.

What escapes me though is not something that’s inside the book but outside of it. One time you asked me who the killer was and why I thought it was him. I believe I did not imagine nor dream of that conversation. Albeit it’s useless now to mention that since we no longer have communication, I’d just like to have you know about it.

For the record, I reveled in the richness of its details. Possibly even too rich with details. No matter.

Every time Adso described carved figures, it’s like I could touch them with my own hands and see them for myself. And the histories they recited there made me wonder if all of them—or even just some—were actually true.

Truthfully, I hardly have an ounce of Apocryphal knowledge. That’s why some of the names and stories and allusions escape me. And those are moments when I do not like what I am reading since I have no idea what they are referring to.

Rants aside, I love the book. I have waded in their arguments, been swept away by their visions, and drowned in the stories within the story.

Maybe I’ll find myself quoting “the only earthly love of my life” or “the beauty of the skin” someday. Please tell me you remember those passages from the book.

For now, my reward for finishing this book, is to—finally—watch the movie. See! I could do it.

Respectfully and thankfully,

Mati Serraño

The Name of the Rose By Umberto Eco; Read: July 2013
The Name of the Rose
By Umberto Eco
Read: July 2013

4 Comments Add yours

  1. 1writeplace says:

    I read the book and saw the movie in a Humanities class. Loved the book and remember it so much better than the movie. This will be one that I read again someday.


    1. Mati Serrano says:

      Indeed it is a beautiful story and mystery.
      Wonderful piece.


  2. Adam says:

    I loved this book too! I came for the monk murders, but stayed for the papal theology!


    1. Mati Serrano says:

      The guy who gave me this book thought I had already read it and asked me who the killer was in that book. Never knew about the discourses and passages, some of which I find beautiful.


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