Book Review: Inferno by Dan Brown

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I enjoyed reading The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons,  and The Lost Symbol so when Dan Brown’s most recent novel, Inferno, came out I knew I had to read it. As soon as I got my hands on a copy, I found a moment to sit down on my sofa and open the book. From the first sentence in the prologue, Brown’s story drew me in. I had questions after reading the prologue and, curiosity roused, I turned the pages eager to know more. I read that Langdon wakes up in a hospital with amnesia with no recall of how he arrived there. He comes to the realisation that he is in Florence – and does not know why. Suddenly he is being shot at and escapes with the help of Sienna Brooks, a woman who appears to be a medical intern.

The story of Inferno centres around the character we met in Brown’s first novel, Robert Langdon. Reading this story was like meeting with an old friend – his story was known to me as well as the type of person he is. Before starting the novel, I figuratively rubbed my hands in anticipation of his latest adventure. I had suspected that it would be woven with history and symbols – after all he is a professor of symbology at Harvard university – and I was correct.

Woven throughout the story are references to Dante and his epic poem, The Inferno. As in Brown’s other books, we are introduced to a little history. These snippets of history, however, do not bore the reader. Instead, they are essential to the understanding of the story and the solution that the protagonist of the story uncovers.

The reader is taken through the streets of Florence and introduced to the historical beauty of Venice. We learn of Dante Alighieri and the many ways in which his work has been represented through Art over the years. We are teased with the solutions to the problem of overpopulation on our planet. And we are given an experience of the imagination that does not disappoint.

I recommend reading this novel filled with mystery and suspense. I enjoyed reading it and made sure that I was able to turn some of the pages everyday.

Have you read any of Dan Brown’s books?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

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22 thoughts on “Book Review: Inferno by Dan Brown

  1. How funny, I was in a charity shop yesterday browsing in the book section and I saw several of his books there. I really enjoyed the Da Vinci Code. Now I’m kicking myself for not buying any of his books. Not sure this one was there, but I’ve heard good things about his other books. I do love a good mystery filled with history.

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  2. I’ve been wondering about this book. I read The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, and although I did like the stories, I got frustrated with Brown’s short chapters, each of them ending on a cliffhanger. It seemed too contrived to me. On the other hand, that sort of thing makes it easier to read if life is busy and all you have time for is a quick chapter. I did enjoy the plots and the history (although some of that was a little shaky in spots). I skipped The Lost Symbol, but might give this one a go. 🙂

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    1. He has written in the same style and moves from one scene (and set of characters) to another in the different chapters. This did not frustrate me, however, as he was describing actions that take place simultaneously.

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  3. This is the only one I have yet to read. I did feel that his best was Da Vinci Code, and that to some extent he tended to produce variations of it thereafter. It will be interesting to see if I feel the same way about this one.

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  4. I have read this book and I loved it!!! 😀
    I have always enjoyed Robert Langdon’s adventures. The best part, I think, is when he talk or think about trivial things, which I find very interesting and informative.

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  5. A friend shared with me the e-book version and right away I dig in thinking about how much I was enlightened reading Davinci Code. I am enjoying it so far and I am mesmerize with the story which prompt me to know more about Dante on a whole. Thanks for this review. Please allow me to reblog this review. upon completion I will write my thoughts. do visit my blog and share if you believe I have done it justice.

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  6. Reblogged this on BookAddictGurl and commented:
    I recently started reading Inferno by Dan Brown and having a very hard time putting it down. It stays true to the fast paced kind of scavenger hunt rhythm with which Brown is good at, forcing readers to think along with Professor Longdan to find the answer and uncover some sinister plot. Below Colline did a review of the book and I thought I would share her thoughts here. My full review will be posted as soon as I’ve completed the novel.

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