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Inferno (Robert Langdon) Paperback – May 6, 2014
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“A diverting thriller.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Brown isn’t just a novelist; he’s a crossover pop culture sensation. . . . Inferno isthe kind of satisfying escapist read that summers were made for.” —The Boston Globe
“Harrowing fun threaded with coded messages, art history, science, and imminent doom.” —Daily News (New York)
“[Brown is] the planet’s most dastardly thriller writer. . . . Inferno moves with . . . velocity, excitement, and fun.” —The Independent (UK)
“An adventure ride through a literary text. . . . [A] sweeping spectacle.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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About the Author
Dan Brown is the author of The Da Vinci Code, one of the most widely read novels of all time, as well as the international bestsellers Inferno, The Lost Symbol, Angels & Demons, Deception Point, and Digital Fortress. He lives in New England with his wife.
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Inferno follows Langdon as he tries to stop a man who intends to try and alleviate humanities overpopulation problem of Earth with a biological solution. This book has a very strong ‘Dante’ focus, especially his work ‘The Divine Comedy’.
Dan Brown creates an enthralling, riveting and captivating story from here, using art, history and symbolism to take the reader on an incredible ride as Langdon yet again tries to thwart the villain using his powers of symbolic deduction to try and save humanity. His use of Dante and ‘Inferno’ as integral parts of the story, both in the past, and their impact through history, is interesting, informative, and incredibly clever.
There are some other rather fascinating characters apart from Langdon, Brooks, Dr Sinskey and of course Zobrist himself.
But of course, the true star of these books is the art. Because when you actually break down these stories, there is not a lot to them, they all follow a very similar, and simple premise, good guy chasing bad guy, with a mystery to solve. It is the mystery that is the truly interesting part of these books, the way the art is so intricately weaved throughout, and so beautifully described.
Dan Brown has again delivered a fascinating ride, and if you have any interest in Dante, or his work, then this is certainly worth the read. I must suggest that you read an illustrated copy of this book to get a full appreciation of it.
Also did not, for better or worse, grow up inundated with too many Medieval notions of Hell so I found the opening scene, with a kind of negative-shadow guy creeping around, very similar to the sadistic villain of Brown’s ‘Lost Symbol’, which I really liked immensely but didn’t want to go even further down that road(yes I read those out of order):
The rest of ‘Inferno’ is not quite like that; it has a cheerier baseline. But[Spoiler Alerts:] you are definitely going to read about major Art that was inspired by Dante’s Inferno.
Whip-smart female protagonist, Siena Miller, unbelievably energetic, drags a six-foot+ Professor Langdon(sedated on a dangerous amount of benzos), through the back alley-ways and special museums of Florence, Italy.
I liked everyone’s character transformations. It felt very psychodynamic the way all the characters affected each other:
The neutral fixer suddenly decides it’s time to care, for example.
Mistaken identities and a bittersweet betrayal half-way through the book but what a surprise ending! And kind of wholesome.
It takes guts to publish anything with quite the same message(ZPG on steroids), so thanks to Dan Brown for openly debating the big ethical issues of our times!
I wouldn’t want to miss this one. I feel that some other Dan Brown books are even more profound, artfully woven and feel more real,
but I was definitely on for this ride.