Publish Date : 5/14/13
Author: Dan Brown
Rating : ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Summary from Goodreads:
Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in an Italian hospital, disoriented and with no recollection of the past thirty-six hours, including the origin of the macabre object hidden in his belongings. With a relentless female assassin trailing them through Florence, he and his resourceful doctor, Sienna Brooks, are forced to flee. Embarking on a harrowing journey, they must unravel a series of codes, which are the work of a brilliant scientist whose obsession with the end of the world is matched only by his passion for one of the most influential masterpieces ever written, Dante Alighieri’s The Inferno.
Dan Brown has raised the bar yet again, combining classical Italian art, history, and literature with cutting-edge science in this sumptuously entertaining thriller.
I first read Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons about 10 years ago. I’ll be honest I don’t have the best memory and rarely remember movies or books very long. Family members sometimes call me Dory because I have an awful memory. I should probably reread it as it was my favorite book ever at the time. Although not being able to remember much detail I do remember many things that I learned from the novel. Inferno is no different. Brown as before has done some astonishing research to be able to not only use landmarks and historical aspects as settings and interesting tidbits of information but has a magical way of making remarkable connections between historical artifacts. As I was reading I was so disappointed because I was on a cruise and had no internet access. There was so much I wanted to research that he brought up. As an English major, I am very familiar with Dante’s Divine Comedy but even so the artwork that the epic inspired centuries afterwards is astonishing. I have to say, if I had had internet access, it probably would have taken me even longer to finish the book to research. Without internet access, I was however able to focus on the book itself and because of that, I continue to be in awe of Brown’s writing. It takes a truly special person to be able to harbor all this knowledge into making such great connections in a thriller. His books hold so much detail that I am flabbergasted on how his mind can make the details connect and be so relevant to one another. If you haven’t read a Brown book, specifically one following Robert Langdon, do so. You won’t only have an entertaining read but will learn a hell of a lot. I call these interesting facts Jeopardy knowledge lol.
Although the book can be hard to follow because of all the information and connections, Brown does a good job of making it easy to recognize details’ significance. This isn’t a book that relies heavily on character development, but if you want to understand Langdon and his personality and career that makes him so knowledgeable, you may want to read some of Brown’s previous works such as The DaVinci Code, or Angels and Demons before reading into this or The Lost Symbol BUT you don’t have to read them to understand the book or follow it. The book does stand alone without the others.
This was great just as the others. It had twists and turns that I did not see coming the entire time and it really had me thinking. The characters were all very developed and even when we figure out what’s going on, there are still more character developments that are surprising. I reccommend the book for sure. It’s an insightful read with both mystery and history!