It is with great excitement that I finally embark on reading a book by a contemporary Italian author. (Prior to today, the most recent I’ve read, excepting non-fiction, was 13th century. So not very contemporary.) The Name of the Rose has been on my long-neglected I libri italiani project list, so when a readalong opportunity came up I decided to go for it. With the holiday weekend, I’m not sure how much I’ll actually get read, but I’ll post updates here and on Twitter. Watch how slowly I read!
Saturday Lunchbreak Update:
I’m not very far in just yet (page 35 of 560), but I’ve met William of Baskerville and I want to SQUEE–it’s Sherlock Holmes! And I must be a bigger fan of Holmes than I realized, as I recognized him in the very first description of Baskerville, even before we see him in action. I’m now officially hooked.
Saturday After Dinner Update:
So the afternoon went: read–unplanned nap–spend too much time “researching”–read–dinner. I’m at page 83, so still on Day One but at the very least I WILL finish Day One tonight. The “research” started because I couldn’t picture the portal mentioned in the Sext section of Day One and one thing led to another. However, I now know that entrance to the Abbaye St-Pierre de Moissac is essentially what Eco is describing. For lots of detailed pictures see here. If I can refrain from any more “research,” I might make it further than Day One tonight…
Last Saturday Update:
Partway into Day Two and really hooked now, but also at a good spot to end for tonight. I’m sure I won’t finish this weekend, but it seems more likely that I will finish this soon (perhaps this week?) than I had expected before starting. Turns out, all I need is a good mystery to make a chunky book seem shorter!
Busy day, so I didn’t have much time…and I was more easily distracted to day when I did finally sit down to read! I’m almost finished with Day Two and still enjoying it. Hopefully, I can finish up yet this week. Thanks, Caro for hosting the readalong!