Sunday, March 12, 2006

In which the Meridian, courtesy of Quizilla, learns which literary work he is

The name of the rose
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?
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I'm pleased, actually: I very much like Eco's novel, and the description fits me, most of the time.

(Hat-tip: Watermark)

Soon to come: some reflections on this year's edition of March Madness, and some early comments on a novel I'm reading/still trying to make some sense of.


Raminagrobis said...

Same here, though I'm not quite so convinced that the description fits me...

I found myself trying to work out which books the answers were leading towards: I caught a bit of Huysmans, A rebours (or perhaps Baudelaire if poetry's included), definitely some Dostoevsky, C & P, and (lets say) Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale, for the gender issues; then there's something Romantic - maybe Chateaubriand or Wordsworth (if poetry). Any other guesses? No cheating!

Ariel said...

I may have to break a long-standing rule and actually take a 'self-diagnostic' survey. ("What type of candy are you?" "Which appliance are you?" etc. never caught my fancy. But this.)

Rose is an excellent book, aside from the fact, which bothered me slightly, that the protag never really solves anything!

I betray my bias toward Adam Dalgliesh there.

Ariel said...

I guess I should add, in light of your brief foray into trash talk, that I was hoping for a KU-UT game recap. ;)

The March Madness post will be anticipated, though. I agree with your preliminary assessment of Texas. Loaded but inconsistent.

fearful_syzygy said...

I was the Picture of Dorian Gray, apparently. Hmmm.

jmb said...

To my surprise I am also "The Name of the Rose." I never read it, but I have seen the movie. I wish I was something by Oscar Wilde instead. least I'm not something by Dan Brown.

Anonymous said...

Dear John B.,

I mostly just wanted to say hello, but when I read this post I thought that it would amuse you to know that I tried to read you once (f_s suggested you, actually) but decided I was too stupid about fifty pages in.

I may try again next week, as I have just finished the stack of books that had been sitting around since December waiting to be read. Oh, how I love stacks of books.

Anyway, hope everything is going well.



Andrew Simone said...

Looks like you and I have the same personality John.

John B. said...

It's not cheating if it's actually foreknowledge, is it? SB (she of Watermark) says she is Orlando by Virginia Woolf. And Ariel is The Lord of the Rings. And see Fearful's Dorian Gray above.

I doubt poetry will pop up, whcih is too bad.

raminagrobis said...

Ah, OK, so my Huysmans=Wilde, Atwood=Woolf - but that still doesn't account for my existential despair/confrontation with problem of evil (Dostoevsky), nor for my Romantic solitude/dream of innocence (Chateaubriand). And where the hell does Lord of the Rings fit in with all this (I've never read it)?

Aunty Marianne said...

I'm Name of the Rose too; that's interesting.