books which book are you? a friday quiz…. written by Jana February 24, 2006 Umberto Eco: The Name of the Rose. You are a mystery novel dealing with theology,especially with catholic vs liberal issues. You search wisdom and knowledge endlessly,feeling that learning is essential in life. Which literature classic are you? brought to you by Quizilla Share this:ShareEmailPinterestFacebookTwitterRedditPrint 7 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Jana previous post for me and thee next post for the children More Posts Like This One the meeting She knew…so she became a woman exploring the edges… obsessive-compulsive Things can happen… pray for me… clothes. clothes. clothes… beyond the rainbow There’s no word for it… one small step… 7 comments Brooke February 24, 2006 - 10:08 pm Jana, I am also The Name of the Rose. Hmm. I’ve never read it, have you? Reply jana February 24, 2006 - 10:17 pm John has read it. He _really_ liked it. We have 2 copies in our library (one mass paperback, one trade paperback). You’re welcome to check one of them out :) Reply Dora February 24, 2006 - 11:29 pm I’m Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. However, except for the bejeweled elephants, I’d want to skip most of the battle scenes. I’ll have to check out Rose. Reply Gray February 25, 2006 - 5:32 pm It is the must fun and accessible of his novels. I like it a lot. The darkness (literal and figurative) and language play are engrossing. I’m making this question too hard, so I don’t think I can really answer it. Yet I am really enjoying several of the books that I am reading. I usually read several at once. As a commuter rail user I have the time to read them quickly. Right now I am reading Snow by Orhan Pamuk, a fine Turkish writer. I am re-reading the autobiography of the great Spanish neurophysiologist, Santiago Ramón y Cajal. I have always admired him as a scientist and as a human being. Part of me is jealous because I would like to have been like him in several respects. I am reading Eumenides out loud with my daughter and her friends. It’s my favorite play of the Oresteia. It has got great themes- Old retributive justice versus modern nuanced justice through understanding, the power power and rights of women versus men, and other juicy topics. Finally, I recently finished Bold Spirit: Helga Estby’s Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America by Linda Lawrence Hunt. The subject: Debt-ridden immigrant Helga Estby and her teen aged daughter walked from Oregon to New York in 1896 on a bet. This is a nonfiction account, but is much more than simply a historical anecdote. I don’t like the sometimes artless and sometimes pedantic writing so much but the author is perceptive and interesting anyway. The book is fascinating from many standpoints, particularly the roles of women of the day. As someone who has backpacked thousands of miles, but only hundreds at a time, I am impressed by their trip in ways unappreciated by the author. Caweat lector- Helga’s life is sad. I found it particularly interesting after having read Devil in the White City last year, set in 1893. Special note for Jana: They walked along railroad beds, and there is a map. -Gray(Yes, I have a blogger ID now) Reply iliana February 26, 2006 - 2:58 am Hi Jana – Thank you for visiting my blog and taking the quiz. Yeah another Name of the Rose :) It really is a good novel so I hope you enjoy it. The movie version was quite good as well actually. Reply jana March 1, 2006 - 12:05 am gray: Your book suggestions are so provocative! I’ve added _Bold Spirit_ to my amazon wishlist now. Can’t wait to read it :) I read _Devil in the White City_ last year. I read it on one sitting because it was so compellling. And I love, love, love the 1890s and the World’s Fair era. So cool! Reply Gray March 2, 2006 - 4:06 am Thanks for the comment. I have finished Ramon y Cajal’s biography and am almost done with Snow. I highly recommend Snow. If you do read Bold Spirit, I would be interested in your impressions. I found it in the library at my daughter’s school. Despite the limits of the book I have thought about Helga and her daughter a great deal. Filene’s flagship store in Boston is an interesting and well-known building. It was designed for Filene’s by Daniel Burnham, the architect in Devil in the White City. The store is sadly going out of business and I have been there several times over the last two weeks purchasing deeply discounted business clothing. I never fail to think of Burnham and the book when I go there. Reply Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.