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January Dinner - The Name of the Rose (Umberto Eco)
Umberto Eco's debut novel was an international sensation upon publication. Its complex and interwoven narrative as it sets out its murder mystery against the backdrop of medieval Italy has led to the book being declared a postmodern classic. Hopefully, it will make for some interesting discussions in our first Meetup of 2018. Reviews: The Name of the Rose succeeds in being amusing and ambitious at the same time. It can be regarded as a philosophical novel masked as a detective story, or as a detective story masked as a historical novel, or even better as a blend of all three. The venture sounds improbable, but Eco carries it out. - New York Review of Books The narrative impulse that commands the story is irresistible. That is no mean feat for a book in which many pages describe ecclesiastical councils or theological debates, and many others analyze in detail the positions of European powers regarding the reform of the Franciscan Order. There are also frequent quotations in classic and medieval Latin. Yet Mr. Eco's delight in his narrative does not fail to touch the reader, who may or may not choose to be intrigued with the levels of interpretation crisscrossing in front of him as in a semiotic labyrinth. - New York Times About the Author: Umberto Eco (1932–2016) was the author of numerous essay collections and seven novels, including The Name of the Rose, The Prague Cemetery, and Inventing the Enemy. He received Italy's highest literary award, the Premio Strega, was named a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur by the French government, and was an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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Read a good book. Meet new and interesting people who've read it too. Feed your brain...and your stomach.

For a list of our past reads, please see the calendar or the photo album ( Our focus is on finding worthwhile literature and still covering a variety of eras, countries and fiction (and once in a while, non-fiction) genres. We try to find books that are a manageable length (200-350 pages) and that make us think.

(Our members are well-educated, but note that the majority of us do not have English/literature degrees. We are just smart people who like a good book and meeting new friends.)

We sit in smaller groups at the restaurants - usually 4-8 people per table, so that everyone can participate in a friendly, pressure-free environment and get to know the others at their table.

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