“Interesting subject matter, but far too intellectual for me!”robram wrote this review Tuesday, July 10, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Ongelofelijk spannend boek.”mad-maddy wrote this review Monday, July 9, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An absolute gem of a mystery with lots of real, legit references to all kinds of historical and philosophical themes and places. If you've read this, you'll really see how juvenile and pedestrian most other writing of this genre are (for example, the simple-minded "Da Vinci Code")”ChestertonsGhost wrote this review Monday, March 5, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Dan Brown should have read this book if he wanted to know how to do it right. Umberto Eco wrote this, the ultimate conspiracy theory, a long time before Dan Brown's weak Da Vinci Code.”moira wrote this review Tuesday, February 13, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is very satisfying to read. It is somewhat dense - you can bypass much of the detail and still understand the story, but you will get much more out of the book with either a background in European history and mysticism or by having wikipedia and google open while you read.”katzilla wrote this review Thursday, January 18, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A slightly more highbrow, and less silly version of the da vinci code. It's also broadly about the holy grail, but more importantly, about people's need to believe in things.
I think this was the first book eco wrote based in modern times, but still it mostly harks back to the middle ages and renaissance”
“One of my all time favorites for a very good reason. Take religion, philosophy, conspiracy theories both new and ancient includin the templars, the rosicrucians, and the masons, tied up in a rollicking and intense plot and driven by some genuine human emotions. This book is everything Dan Brown and his cohorts would kill to have written. Masterfully translated from the Italian, if you like your intrigue to treat with like you have an intellect, this is not to be missed. ”xgollum wrote this review Thursday, November 2, 2006. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I like it less than The name of the rose, because it gets too complicated without any need. However, its basic idea is really interesting.”panarjedde wrote this review Friday, October 20, 2006. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A tale of esoteric conspiracies awash in historic mystery. The book centers on a modern plot involving the Templar Knights and the characters of a small publishing company in Italy who get entwined in an evil web when taking on a new author to their company.
The book is large, but I found it to be a page turner. The amount of research that must have gone into writing this book and keeping it historically accurate is mind boggling.”