Phew! Just finished reading Inferno, Dan Brown’s latest thriller at one stretch of 3 days. Why I love to read Dan Brown novel? Ok so here are the points.
· You read a Dan Brown novel to be carried along on a plot that runs on the same pace of one of those lavish foreign high-speed trains.
· With the original locations and real historical facts sometimes you feel like that you are watching the events as a disguised viewer.
· You read a Dan Brown book to know historical facts and famous pieces of art positioned in new perspective, and if you love history you learn a lot from his writings.
· The range of historical aspects he reveals in his books is extremely detailed, sometimes little boring though.
· You have to read the book on one hand, and Google search with the other. Dan Brown has not only written a great story, but also has taken us on a tour of Florence, Venice and Istanbul.
Inferno throws Robert Langdon (Dan Brown's globe-trotting symbologist) into the fire for an Italian adventure inspired by Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy.
Prof. Langdon , known for his tweed jacket, Mickey Mouse watch, is back for a matter of life, death and Dante.
Its villain, a mad scientist Zobrist who commits suicide in beginning, is obsessed with Dante, and that is why the book is called Inferno.
Zobrist thinks that the world has become so overpopulated that it is only a step away from descending into Dante’s vision of Hell. He therefore decides to do something about it, and leaves a series of clues and video, on Sandro Botticelli’s famous The Map of hell or on the back of Dante’s famous death-mask in the Chamber of the 500 in Florence, for example. There are also clues in Florence’s Baptistery, and in the Cathedral of St Mark in Venice.
If you are not aware of Dante, Brown has covered important aspects of the Italian poet and his works.
He narrates a well-paced thriller, keeping in mind of exotic film locations for the movie that is bound to follow.
So after “The DA Vinci Code” and “Angels and Demons” now I am waiting for the movie “Inferno”.
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