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Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol": The Ultimate Unauthorized and Independent Reading Guide [Paperback]

Alex Carmine
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26 Oct 2009
Dan Brown's 'The Lost Symbol' was the most anticipated novel of 2009, and was the literary event of the year. Alex Carmine examines all the themes in depth, and provides a chapter-by-chapter analysis of 'The Lost Symbol'. From Alex's assessment of the novel, it is very much apparent that Dan Brown has not only been adhering to his own formula, but that he has also been following Joseph Campbell's concept of the hero's journey. We know that Dan Brown likes to play with the names of his characters, so Alex explores these in great detail. In this way, Alex reveals the name of the real American family upon whom the Solomons are based. Alex also shows that, following its development within 'The Da Vinci Code', Dan Brown's still very much in tune with his 'sacred feminine' side, with his stunning representation of womb envy. Dan Brown's fascinating depiction of masculinity within this novel is studied too. In addition to this, Alex explores the literary devices that Dan Brown employs, and the magical sleights of hand that he uses to make the reader look the wrong way. Indeed, one of the main arguments in this book is that Dan Brown has hidden much of the true meaning of 'The Lost Symbol' behind various veils of allegory, much as the Masons do with regards to their secrets, and like the Symbologist Robert Langdon, Alex reveals these meanings to you. However, Dan Brown is an author who also likes to reward his readers, so Alex examines the clues about the novel that he disseminated prior to publication via Facebook and Twitter. Furthermore, Alex considers the various Masonic practices depicted within the novel, and bring to the fore the conspiracy theories that surround this mysterious fraternity. Alex Carmine's very close reading of the novel literally leaves no stone uncovered, and will transform your own interpretation of the text.

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  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Punked Books (26 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953317226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953317226
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 15 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 797,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok 3 Mar 2013
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Failed my expectation of supplementing the story...it more like reading to someone's personal note on something. I didn't even get to Finnish reading the whole thing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 7 Oct 2013
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Great value book, very interesting and must read with the book "the lost symbol" it give a very concise insight to the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars dan brown lost symbol 30 Jun 2011
By chris
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Excellent read following on from all his previuos books this is a must for fans of a mystery and all fans of dan brown
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All the books I have purchased off Amamzon are really good read and I will continue to purchase books in the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Carmine's guide to The Lost Symbol 19 May 2012
By Linda Sheean - Published on Amazon.com
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I have just started reading Carmine in reference to the Lost Symbol, and I have a feeling that it is going to be a long, long read to get thru both books simultaneously. However since Brown has many unexplained references I feel it will be worth it. Carmine's book is very detailed and interesting, worth the work it produces. I feel like I have just signed up for college again!
Linda Sheean
4.0 out of 5 stars Believable 14 Jun 2014
By James J Autry - Published on Amazon.com
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VERY INTERESTING READ WITHOUT BEING FAR OUT Unbelievable. Hope he will be able to following with a similar novel in 2015.
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific 11 Sep 2013
By Gloria Messemer - Published on Amazon.com
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It was exciting. Kept me turning pages and had a hard time putting it down. I have read it twice and it inspired me to learn more about the masons and the co-masons.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Symbol was excellent. 1 July 2013
By Barbara Duke - Published on Amazon.com
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I love the way he incorporates the fiction with real happenings and the historical value of his text. He is truly an amazing writer. I loved the Lost Symbol. Every time I thought I had it figured out, the plot changed. It was great and a real page turner. This time I read it was my second time. That is how good it is. I love intricate plots.
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost Symbol 10 Feb 2013
By ajaquet - Published on Amazon.com
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It is pretty heavy reading. I loved Dan Brown's other books. Not sure where this one is going to take me. I like to read some of it in between other lighter books.
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