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Inferno (Robert Langdon) Paperback – May 6, 2014
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Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in an Italian hospital, disoriented and with no recollection of the past thirty-six hours, including the origin of the macabre object hidden in his belongings. With a relentless female assassin trailing them through Florence, he and his resourceful doctor, Sienna Brooks, are forced to flee. Embarking on a harrowing journey, they must unravel a series of codes, which are the work of a brilliant scientist whose obsession with the end of the world is matched only by his passion for one of the most influential masterpieces ever written, Dante Alighieri's The Inferno.
Dan Brown has raised the bar yet again, combining classical Italian art, history, and literature with cutting-edge science in this sumptuously entertaining thriller.
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“A book-length scavenger hunt. . . . Jam-packed with tricks.” —The New York Times
“Fast, clever, well-informed. . . . Dan Brown is the master of the intellectual cliffhanger.” —The Wall Street Journal
“One hell of a good read. . . . As close as a book can come to a summertime cinematic blockbuster.” —USA Today
“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
“A fast and furious race.” —The Plain Dealer
"A master of the breathless, puzzle-driven thriller.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch
“What Brown does in a way that appeals to millions of people around the world is tell stories that remind us there’s more to the world than meets the eye.” —The Huffington Post
About the Author
- Publisher : Anchor; Movie Tie-In edition (May 6, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 624 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1400079152
- ISBN-13 : 978-1400079155
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.2 x 1.6 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #22,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I read the Da Vinci Code when it first came out and knew very little about Bibical theories, especially those surrounding Mary Magdalene. So without spoilers, let me say that I was really surprised and interested about the twists that were in that book.
Both in that book and in this one, there are discussions about European art and history. I know a little more about that having been an art history minor in college, but Dan Brown really has fun (and so did this reader) in exploring the intricacies and possible hidden meanings and details of many old writings, and in showing us the secret portals to ancient churches and mosques not seen on your average tour. In this case, what is explored in detail is Dante's Inferno, although other works and historical sites are detailed as well.
The story itself is about professor of religious iconography Robert Langdon - Dan's Brown's recurring hero - who tries to stop a madman from unleashing a possible plague on humanity. And to do so requires figuring out the secrets hidden away in Dante's epic poem.
Yes, yes, I know. There are many far-fetched things and you may not want to look all that closely at plot details but instead have fun and know that you will learn things along the way.
I loved learning things such as the following:
"By the time city officials realized it was the rats that were causing the disease, it was too late, but Venice still enforced a decree by which all incoming vessels had to anchor offshore for a full forty days before they would be permitted to unload. to this day, the number forty - quaranta in Italian - served as a grim reminder of the rings of the word quarantine."
I have tried reading Angels and Demons and found I didn't get too far, but this book was the first one since the Da Vinci Code that kept ahold of me till the end.
Lots of fun, and you even learn some interesting stuff along the way.
One more thing: Are books written by a popular author now featuring paid ad placement? Because Brown's repeated mention of brands such as Brioni, BMW, Plume Paris, Armani, and, of course, Harris Tweed (all apropos of nothing in the story), begs the question of whether Brown derives residuals from such brand-name dropping, or perhaps hopes that he'll get free stuff from these companies? Either way, the frequency is annoying, unnecessary, and distracting, and, again, serves no literary purpose I could discern.
It was also interesting to note that in Ron Howard's film treatment of Inferno, MUCH was changed in the storytelling - likely in the name of coherence and tighter scripting, which the novel would have certainly benefitted from, as well. (If you simply must read this book, get the illustrated version - at least it has some interesting visuals!)
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I have to agree with some other reviewers, at over 600 pages long this book could so easily have been 400 pages if Dan Brown was to simply stick to the story instead of going off on a history lesson every other page, which, whilst interesting, starts to become annoying and distracting after 350 pages, leading you away from what is actually happening in the story he's trying to tell. I found myself skipping through paragraphs in an attempt to get back on track with the actual story.
There's something about Robert Langdon that is just so familiar. Picking up this book is like putting on old slippers, cosying down with a blanket and going on a armchair action adventure. I am here for these binge able missions that consume my reality.
Im pretty fascinated by Dante and his Devine Comedy anyway so I knew going in that this book was going to be interesting for me but its much more than that. Dan Brown is epic in educating his readers and I learnt so much about the Devine Comedy and also about the man himself. As per the theme in the previous books in the series so much of this plot is centered around symbolism and history. I feel like I learn something when I read these books.
With the plot being focused on plagues, an over populated world and PCR tests I felt like I was reading this at the right time. I appreciated the content and discussions much more having lived through 2020.
Dan Brown is also fabulous at setting the scene, I could visualise every piece of architecture he described. In a way I feel like I've been on holiday!
An excellent read that totally engrossed me. Am looking forward to the last book in the series.