Monday, November 28, 2011

Ten of the best libraries in literature

At the Guardian, John Mullan named ten of the most memorable libraries in literature.

One entry on the list:
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

Someone is bumping off monks in an Italian monastery in the 14th century, and the library, in which all its precious manuscripts are stored, is the centre of the mystery. "For these men devoted to writing, the library was at once the celestial Jerusalem and an underground world on the border between terra incognita and Hades."
Read about another title on the list.

The Name of the Rose is one of Andy McSmith's top 10 books of the 1980s, Ian Rankin's five favorite literary crime novels, and Vanora Bennett's five favorite historical novels.

--Marshal Zeringue