“Inferno” is Brown’s latest Langdon installment masterfully fused with art, historical references, codes and symbols. In the very first week of its release, the book topped the UK’s book charts and became a bestselling novel in USA. In this riveting new thriller, Brown packs the pages with picturesque attractions of Florence, Venice, and Constantinople, and he has used these landmarks deftly in his novel. Moreover, the most admiring thing is that Brown has never forced his tale comes to a crashing halt in his scrupulous research of the rich history and numerous historical sites of these cities. Inferno’s codes are largely inspired by Dante Alighieri’s 14th century epic poem “The Divine Comedy”, which details his ride through hell.
The story revolves around the Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon who is hospitalized in Florence, the city in “Inferno”, with mild amnesia, incapable to recall how and why he got there. Luckily, Dr. Sienna Brooks- a former child prodigy and Zobrist’s former lover helps Langdon to figure out the highly contagious airborne virus created by Zobrist- the main antagonist of the novel, who has hidden the virus in an unknown location. However Sienna’s former relationship with Zobrist somewhere makes her loyalty toward Langdon doubtful until she read Zobrist’s last letter. She determines not to let his new technology fall into the wrong hands. Langdon runs away with the lady and reaches his flat where he discovers that his Harris Tweed Jacket contains a small projector that displays threatening message of Dante’s vision of Hell. Well, the future of the world is at stake and only Langdon’s knowledge of hidden passageways and ancient secrets can ward off a disaster contrived by a crazy man.
Like other Robert Langdon novels, Brown’s Inferno amidst the clotted prose is a collection of odds and ends from top Western culture. Unfortunately, the novel reads more like a movie treatment with some glittering factoid about a past that may appeal to those who are unknown with it. There are plenty of dusty books and musty passageways in the novel to make people believe the reality of ancient global conspiracies.
The best part of it is Dante’s treatment in the novel that helps to bind the reader who is unfamiliar with the Commedia. Moreover, the whirlwind tour to the famous and beautiful sights of Florence will definitely captivate the readers. As with Brown’s other works, it’s more easy and enjoyable to read “Inferno” when he presents effective dialogue, facts, and back story in digestible chunks that don’t take readers out of the story.
If you like Dan Brown already, you will certainly love “Inferno” although it’s a little exaggerated.
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