Inferno - Robert Langdon, Bk 4 Author:Dan Brown In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces ... Dante’s Inferno. — Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a lands... more »cape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust ... before the world is irrevocably altered.« less
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I hated this book. I read the majority of it in annoyed rage. I was surprised, because although all his other books have also been verrrry simple, I felt like they were practically public service announcements for the unenlightened indoctrinated zombie hoards. This one, however, seems to be the polar opposite. It explains to us disposable dullards the concerns of the very wealthy and privileged, that we are using up all their resources and why we need to die en masse.
His story *truly* reflects the views of the most 'upper crust' in our society. What surprises me is that Dan Brown wrote it. I feel as if, now that he's become worth millions, he has joined that utterly inhuman, inhumane, 1%.
Review first published on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com/2013/07/inferno.html
Inferno is the fourth book in Dan Brown's series featuring Robert Langdon. Angels and Demons, The Da Vinci Code, and The Lost Symbol came before. Robert Langdon is a Harvard University professor specializing in historic and religious symbols. Each of the four books stands alone and centers around a set of such symbols and a current world situation.
Inferno takes on the issue of overpopulation and the symbols in Dante's Divine Comedy. Written in the 1300s, the Divine Comedy is an iconic literary piece with an allegorical look at the afterlife. It is divided into three parts - Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise. It has been translated into numerous languages and depicted in many many art pieces. Scholars today continue to study the symbols and allegory in the poem.
Like the other Dan Brown books, the action in Inferno starts on the first page and continues through the end. At the start, Robert Langdon finds himself in a situation with no memory of how he got there. He finds himself caught up in an adventure without an understanding of what or who he is dealing with. The book proceeds with and adventurous chase through different parts of the world. Without a spoiler, I will say that the resolution of this book does not come the way I expected. The author makes a pretty strong statement with the ending of this book.
The critics are harsh in judging Dan Brown's literary style or his writing ability. All I know is his books are fun to read. I know what to expect - adventure, chases, a mystery, some beautiful iconic places. This book delivers on all those points.
I slogged my way through the first 3/4 of this book, wondering if I should continue. It was easy to put down. But then, everything started happening. The storyline became very active, & there were more twists & turns than you can imagine. All in all, an entertaining book.
Having enjoyed Dan Brown's earlier books, I was horrified at the ending of this one-the moral 'rescue' he is espousing in this book is disturbing. I won't give away the ending, but the his 'solution' and pushing of the global population 'crisis' narrative were unbelievable to me. Dan Brown should stop playing God-or telling the reader how we should be fooled by the lack of ethics in his science/technology as God ending. Per Brown's solution, the next great scientist, world leader, etc. would likely not be born at all.
I have read all of the other books in this series. I read with great joy, interest and speed. This one does not meet the standards. It is too long, it is not interesting and it just has no story to keep you motivated. I made it 250 pages, it never got any better. I gave up. It took me two weeks of having it sit on the coffee table staring at me to finally say I am wasting too much time trying to make this book better. I give up.
This is absolutely my favorite Dan Brown novel. Maybe its because I love the setting so much. Florence and Venice are such wonderful cities. All the facts about global overpopulation freaked me out a little bit. Now I will like to reread Dante's Divine Comedy.
Once again we find Robert Langdon in a race against the clock to stop a catastrophic event. This time however, Langdon has retrograde amnesia and does not remember why he is in Florence and what happened in the past two days.
Pretty standard Dan Brown fare, but good. The story was interesting, although, I do feel like most of the Robert Langdon series are all pretty formulaic. Otherwise, a nice easy read for fans of the series.