Thursday, July 25, 2013

A Flimsy Book Review on INFERNO by Dan Brown

First of all, did you know the word Inferno is the Italian word for Hell?  Secondly, did you know Inferno is the first poem of Dante's DIVINE COMEDY, which is all about Hell?

If you have read Dan Brown's other books about the adventures of Harvard Professor Robert Langdon, you know there is a formula  that Dan Brown has been successful  with:   An urgent chase that means more than life or death, failure will mean the end of civilization as we know it..... and it all has to be resolved within 24 or 48 hours.   This will keep you on the edge of your seat as you read.  Secondly,  in the formula is that the backdrop is something historical, if not biblical, that weaves into the story nicely.
Other than reading a nice action packed fiction novel the reader as a bonus gets a very insider's  tour of the churches, statues, crypts, and shrines of people that  changed the world.  Unfortunately, for me, it was very interesting reading at the moment, but since my retention ability is low, I didn't hold on to a darn  bit of important true historical facts I was pumped with while reading the book.

I don't want to give away too much information on the plot, but I suppose it is based on a real fact:  What to do about the population explosion that will surely happen it not so distant future.  They have figured out that in just a few generations there will not be enough food to feed the people. 

There are a lot of references to Dante's descriptions of hell in the Divine Comedy. and the art that tried to duplicate the mood.

I think anybody will enjoy the book, and it would be nice if you retained this expert history given to you behind the scenes of the various churches and statues, and things in Florence and Venice.


Anonymous Ilse said...


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Anonymous Amit Agarwal said...

This book is the MASTERPIECE! but somewhat I can predict upcoming events from this book as I read all Dan Brown's novels, but still it is worth buying for. Some moments are breathtaking, some are just wrote as not necessary. The main concept behind this novel is great. As the overpopulation is the World's most terrible problem, we can take a glance on this by thinking the other side of this problem.

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