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Origin: A Novel Hardcover – October 3, 2017
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"Fans of The Da Vinci Code rejoice! Professor Robert Langdon is again solving the mysteries of the universe."
"A brisk new book that pits creationism against science, and is liable to stir up as much controversy as The Da Vinci Code did. In Origin, the brash futurist Edmond Kirsch comes up with a theory so bold, so daring that, as he modestly thinks to himself in Brown’s beloved italics, “It will not shake your foundations. It will shatter them.” Kirsch is of course addressing The World, because that’s the scale on which Brown writes. Brown and serious ideas: they do fit together, never more than they have in Origin."
–-Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"Origin asks the questions Where do we come from? Where are we going? They are questions about humanity--but they could just as easily be questions about Robert Langdon. The Mickey Mouse watch-wearing, claustrophobic, always-near-trouble symbology professor is back in Dan Brown’s latest book. And just like he was in his original exploits (Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code), Dr. Langdon is once again wrapped up in a global-scale event that could have massive ramifications on the world’s religions. As he does in all his novels, Brown[‘s] extensive research on art, architecture, and history informs every page."
"Entertaining . . . Loyal fans of his globetrotting symbologist Robert Langdon will no doubt be thrilled with the fifth book in the series."
"Dan Brown is once again taking on the big questions: God and science and the future of the world. Origin is a familiar blend of travelogue, history, conspiracies and whodunit, with asides on everything from the poetry of William Blake to the rise and fall of fascism in Spain."
"The bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code is back with a new book that looks to the future. Origin features many of Brown’s signature themes. An evil, Catholic-adjacent cult, in this case the Palmarian Church, is behind some murders. Gems from art history are the key to solving the mystery. [And] if the reader is in it for the thrill and the twist, the faithful will be glad to hear that there’s a Da Vinci Code-esque background to Robert Langdon’s mission."
--The New Republic
About the Author
DAN BROWN is the author of numerous #1 international bestsellers, including The Da Vinci Code, Inferno, The Lost Symbol, Angels & Demons, Deception Point, and Digital Fortress.
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Moving from a secret, mountain-top meeting at Montserrat just outside Barcelona to a huge public affair at the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, we are teased with the idea that a revelation will be made which shakes all known religions to their core. Then things blow up and Langdon is on the run with the remarkable Ambra by his side. Yet even in the midst of all that we are bombarded with clues and insights about modern art that I would not have imagined could be so fascinating. And I’m still shaking my head over the very strange Uber car ride. How does he come up with these things?
Every time I thought I’d figured out who the "bad guy" was, it shifted and looked like it was someone else. Finally I just stopped trying and went along for the ride. And it is a joyride! If I had any complaint, it would be that Dan has developed a habit of sometimes opening new scenes while giving us no idea where we are (until later). It interferes with the otherwise enjoyable story, but it’s not a big problem. The most exciting thing that happens is when Langdon . . . well, OK, I won’t tell you the rest. Read the book and see for yourself!
About the plot, Winston is a marvelous invention. I found myself wishing he survives this book.
About the agenda of disproving creationism, which is the book’s bigger theme, I found the growing evidence compelling even in a fictional world. But, though I began reading science by Asimov more than 50 years ago and have progressed with the times, I’ve always found those making this point a bit tiresome. Okay, in the book we solve where we came from and where we’re going (after a fashion), but there’s a bigger unsolved question. Who or what is the prime mover at the beginning of everything? On this both sides agree: something came from nothing. Scientists call it it the Big Bang, and creationists call it God. Ho Hum.