Dan Brown has been a favourite. I have read all his books and according to me, Digital Fortress and Angels & Demons are his best works so far. His latest release Inferno was one of the most anticipated books of 2013 and I was so looking forward to it. The book is based on Inferno, Dante Alighieri’s description of journey through hell in his well known work “The Divine Comedy”. Everyone who is studying or is associated with English literature in any which ways knows about Dante and The Divine Comedy.
The book came in and whenever I started reading it, I used to fell asleep. It happened thrice. I just couldn’t go beyond 20 pages. No, it was not boring but getting a hang of Dan Brown’s books take 50-80 pages of undisrupted
reading which is what I did over the weekend and managed to finished the book. Once the plot starts rolling, you just cannot put the book down.
The book features the famous Robert Langdon and this time he discovers that he is in Florence, Italy and has been shot by a women with spiked hair, Vayentha. Someone is trying to kill him. Another attack happens at the hospital where he was lying unconscious after being shot and that’s when he and Dr. Sienna Brooks team up and run away to save Langdon’s life during which they come across a code which could cost millions of lives across the globe. And that is when the balls starts rolling for Langdon and his skills to crack symbols, deciphering texts and all that he is famous for.
The story is gripping but it takes its own sweet time to build up. The only problem that I faced while reading this book is, remembering so many Italian names and keeping a track of everything that is happening. A lot of history and literature has been discussed in the book which puts you off at times but if you try and be patient then in the end everything will take you by surprise. Overall, the Inferno by Dan Brown didn’t match up to the levels of my favourite works by him but it definitely deserves a place in your reading list.
Book Source : Publisher
Publisher : Bantam Press
Genre : Fiction
ISBN : 978-059-307-249-3