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Easy and entertaining read, you will enjoy it...
on 30 November 2013
As no big fan of Dan Brown, nevertheless I read all his books. I heard about his new book to be released soon and because "Divine Comedy" whose one part is Inferno is one of my favorite literary masterpieces all back from high school. So I was very curious about new Brown's book and read it quickly after its release.
We are all aware that critics but even his fans admit his prose style is simple and easy to read, and after big hype and greater success of each following title all feel there is nothing special about his books and their plots. But for sure they entertain people providing good mix of mystery, action and history which lot of people find appealing.
"Inferno" has all the elements of a vintage Dan Brown novel. There is an unexpected event happening in the prologue and the rest of the book explains what the cause of it was. Main familiar character, Professor Robert Langdon wakes up in an unknown place without being aware how he got there. As always there is beautiful, strong heroine Sienna who helps him. The law enforcement authorities and some strange people chase him across cities and countries. The action moves across all-known European locations like Florence, Venice, and Istanbul. There are lot of references in art, architecture, sculpture and history. Some of the information is used for solving challenges that Langdon and Sienna stumble upon. And of course as always in Brown's book there is a surprise ending.
Starting with good points, the action is fast paced, book is well researched, there is a lot of information on symbolism and history behind art and architecture, and the book gives a lot of information about Dante's "The Divine Comedy". Readers who never picked Dante's book would learn a lot about it from Brown's book. Probably the best thing at all would be the book ending although in one moment near book end something like that crossed my mind. It tied up nicely all the loose ends and although strange for Brown it was perfect.
Minus points goes to the storytelling which in `Inferno' is not as sleek as in `The Da Vinci Code'. There is a lot of information in the book about art and architecture, which has no relevance to the story. It seems like author wants us to impress with his research. At some point the story meanders on and on and in these moments probably some of readers with lack of patience (or time) would be on verge to put it down.
Putting all together, although I'm little bit subjective because of Dante theme I would recommend the book for everyone, for casual reading especially in these days of summer when somehow suits to read a book which in any time we can put off and/or resume reading. It is an easy and entertaining read, enjoy it.