Friday Reads

First Line Friday 56 – The Name of the Rose

It’s been longer than I like since I’ve joined in on the Friday 56, so here’s a clip from one of the books I’m reading now! I want to try to get back to doing these more often, but no promises…

“First Line Fridays” is hosted over at Hoarding Books and is all about the first line of current read. A good companion meme is the Friday 56, hosted by Freda’s Voice where you turn to page 56 (or 56%) in what you’re reading a find a sentence that jumps out at you.


The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

First line*:

“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

Page 56 50:

“For what I saw at the abbey then… caused me to think that often inquisitors create heretics. And not only in the sense that they imagine heretics where those do not exist, but also that inquisitors repress the heretical putrefaction so vehemently that many are driven to share in it, in their hatred for the judges. Truly a circle conceived by the Devil. God preserve us.”

I picked this book for the First Line Friday 56 because I liked that particular quote and it happened to be on page 50… which I felt was close enough to page 56 to still use this MEME as a quote-delivery-system.  🙂

Happy reading!

* Kit Whitfield argues that The Name of the Rose has three “first lines”. While I agree with this assessment, I used the sentence that I considered to be the start of the book itself. Also, if you decide to read this book, you need to be aware that the Christian religion features heavily, and I think that starting the book by quoting the Bible is one of the best ways to show that.

10 thoughts on “First Line Friday 56 – The Name of the Rose

  1. Better you than me Nicole! I remember seeing the movie with Christian Slater as a kid way after it was made. hahaha it was pretty traumatizing! I’ll certainly read your review though. I’m really intrigued about why you wanted to give this a go. ❤️

    1. Oh, I hadn’t realized it was a movie! I wanted to read it because when I read the blurb it sounded like a better-written book in the style of the Da Vinci Code, I guess. I love religious mystery books even though I’m not all that religious. But it was on my “eventual” TBR until I saw that my grandma owned a copy. We got talking about it, and I’ve now borrowed her copy to read. So now I really want to finish it so we can discuss it. 🙂

  2. This is on my list to tackle… someday. I do sometimes struggle with religious heavy books which is why I think I’ve put it off for so long.

    1. It was on my “someday” list also until I saw it on my grandma’s bookshelf one day. We got talking about it, and that bumped it up my timeline!

      I also struggle with religious-heavy books, but I love the blending of mystery and religion, so I’m hoping I can get through this one without too much trouble.

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