Tuesday, 25 June 2013

INFERNO by Dan Brown


If you are a die hard fan of Dan Brown then you will find his latest book "Inferno" a thrilling ride. I for one had to remind myself, to finish reading the book and put up the review for those unsuspecting people, who will pay through their noses to buy it.

Though it is on the New York times best seller list, the book failed to impress me. The book starts off well where Robert Langdon, the famed professor of 'Symbology' from Harvard, wakes up in a hospital suffering from amnesia and has a metal cylinder in his possession, which contains clues to solving the mystery. Robert Langdon fist appeared in the Da Vinci code. He teams up with a young doctor Sienna Miller in a journey, which moves from Florence to Venice and then Istanbul.

Image Courtesy: Dan Brown official website
As with his other novels, the plot remains the same, where it is a race against time, to save the world from imminent doom. Langdon using his knowledge of symbols finds clues, which are based solely on Dante's famous poem "The divine comedy". The plot has a lot of twists and turns and takes us through palaces and churches, which is quite similar to Dan Brown's other books. 

In the process of making the book interesting the prose gets too pedantic, lengthy and hampers the plot.The urgency of finding the one thing, that can save the world, is lost when Brown wavers and goes into an in-depth description of the places in the course of Langdon's journey. The plot seems to lose its grip in many places and I had to coax myself to feel the thrill that Brown had tried to create in the book. I felt that Robert Langdon in this novel did not seem as sharp as in other books and he also misses vital clues. 

There are many important questions that the book raises, which are very relevant today. With the population of the world spiralling out of control, will nature rectify this imbalance? What is the answer to controlling the population, so that we don't exhaust all the world's resources, which can lead to our extinction.

I had really liked the book Da Vinci Code, since it exploded in the literary world with a fresh plot and characters, but that feeling of being a fan slowly evaporated after reading "Digital fortress". After reading his other books, I felt Dan Brown's writing has become repetitive and predictable. 

The saving grace of this book are the interesting facts about all the historic places that are described in the book, which makes you want to see those places. My desire to explore Italy was ignited only after reading the Da vinci code. Even then, fans of Dan Brown will love the book and will devour it with fervour and might even curse my review. 

I love a book that makes it unputdownable and reading it should not feel like a chore. The characters have to come alive in my mind and the plot should be strong enough to make it engrossing. It does not have to move fast but it should hold my interest.

My recommendation:

Only buy the book if you are a die hard fan of Dan Brown. Rest of you can save your hard earned Rs. 750 by borrowing it from a library or another fan.

I would give the book 3 out of 5 points just for the sheer effort Dan Brown has put in research work.

7 comments:

Shilpa Garg said...

I enjoyed reading Da Vinci Code but if you say that Inferno is predictable and you had to push yourself to finish reading it... I will let it pass.

rachnap said...

Thank you for writing this review. I was wondering if I need to order it, the sucker that I am for thrillers. I loved Da Vinci code, even Angels and Demons. But yes, the guy does go overboard with his lengthy explanations and prose.

Lazy Pineapple said...

Inferno is not predictable..it is more repetitive in terms of the plot and the style of writing. I feel that you should borrow it from someone rather than buying it.

Lazy Pineapple said...

I am also a sucker for thrillers but this one is too lengthy and boring in between..and way too expensive.

Roshni Aamom said...

Yes, I too loved the da Vinci code and have been disappointed with his other books. Thanks for the review, Vinita!

Makk said...

Well, for me this is was possibly only way I could come across so many information. Dante, his other disciples. In fact I am thank full he wrote is the way he did.



He goes in length of explaining these historical things and definitely if somebody is not interested in that, will definitely get bored.


Certainly unpredictable book.

Makk said...

Some grammatical error. I dint realize. Pardon me. :)

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