Inferno by Dan Brown- Ratings: 4/5
Darkest place in hell reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in the time of moral crises- Dante Alighieri
Without doubt this is one of the finest historical fictions I have read. Inferno by Dan brown is a finest journey through roads of Florence to Istanbul “The museum of wisdom”. I must say I have been fan of Robert Langdon after “Angle v/s Demon” & “The Da Vinci Code” but this novel added another name of legacy of Robert Langdon and Dan Brown.
Dan has done an appreciable job in this book, by erecting the story around from minute details of Dante’s Inferno to Trans-human philosophy. He goes around all the way and chose his plot very carefully. The most important part of Dan Novel which I like most is that when I am reading it, I know this place exists. When he purposes a theory or fictional story I can assume it has chance to turn into reality.
The most specific part of this novel is that Dan tried to create a hero which ways are wrong for right cause. His way of moving the story is enormous.
The Da Vinci Code, which has become one of the best selling novels of all time as well as the subject of intellectual debate among readers and scholars. Brown’s novels are published in 52 languages around the world with 200 million copies in print.
In 2005, Brown was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine, whose editors credited him with “keeping the publishing industry afloat; renewed interest in Leonardo da Vinci and early Christian history; spiking tourism to Paris and Rome; a growing membership in secret societies; the ire of Cardinals in Rome; eight books denying the claims of the novel and seven guides to read along with it; a flood of historical thrillers; and a major motion picture franchise.”
Robert wake up in a hospital with sienna brook (a doctor and child prodigy). An assassin tried to kill him in hospital and they both run away from that hospital to her room. Robert than discover a tube with Dante map of hell and tried to decipher the map. This give he led to a museum where someone stole the Dante death mask. He also tried to solve the puzzle and this get him into another puzzle which belongs to Venice. Than story move to Istanbul, a dark truth comes that his leads moving to him towards an apocalyptic plague which is going to expose very soon. His race against time is very beautifully laid by Dan brown.
With 600 pages this can be long novel to read. But it is worthy novel to read. Moreover, work of Dan brown and imagination of his character intelligence is brilliant in this. I can see few loop holes in this books. Like over description of Turkey spice bazar, Venice water route and Dante mask. But somehow I cannot stop me praising him for adding trans-human concept and WHO figures in old Dante’s divine comedy. Dan Brown vision is path breaker in this novel from previous one. Few can be conflicting with me by thinking that it has almost same plot as his others book have. But here very few people will realized that hero of this novel is not Robert Langdon but the biologist who created the plague. It’s seems sometime that the vision of villain is more perfect than all character in story.
Moreover, Dan tried to maintain the suspense till the end. Even before reading last two pages you can expect the turn in situation. Novel has written in great details in term of describing artifacts, locations and others documents.
Few chapters of this book will throw you a deep world of an organization who create realities for people and you really forced to think that “Are you living in real world with real incident?” or certainly may be you will feel that things around you are propaganda or realities. Dan brown writings are expert in creating things so magical around you that, you could be believed into this.
I have personally asked one of christen friend that, Is really Jesus married to merry after reading the Da Vinci code” and he laugh at my face. I know it’s stupid, but what the harm into falling a debate which non-lethal. Similar, Robert is one of fictional character with whom I would like to work (in fictional world to solve some mysteries).
Things which I like Most
- Flaw less explanation and description of location, artifacts and information.
- Brilliantly woven story around Florence, Venice and Istanbul.
- Perfect way to putting character into the plot and lots of suspense.
Things which I want do not like
- You can find lengthy and bored description, specially people like me who has live their life in box has really hard to imagine the places. Thanks Google Image 🙂
- Sometime Dan falls into his own vision of book, the story moves and take trun so dramatically that its lose out hook on reader. I felt that when I found that all hospital action was a seen.