June 17, 2013

“The human mind has a primitive ego defense mechanism that negates all realities that produce too much stress for the brain to handle. It’s called Denial.”
It's been what, 10 years since the infamous Dan Brown's book entitled The Da Vinci Code released in the mass and was a huge success that Ron Howard made a movie based on it starring Tom Hanks as the resourceful Harvard's symbology professor, Robert Langdon. I honestly just read the book back then in 2010 because there was no way I could read it in the year it was released, because I was just 8 back then and I could read no english. So, you can say that I was pretty excited to hear that Robert Langdon is back, now having his adventure in Florence, Italy (with some side trips along way), in Dan Brown's newest work, Inferno. Let's share some thoughts!

Robert Langon woke up in a hospital, recalling nothing from the past 48 hours, then found out that he had lost his Mickey Mouse watch and was being a targetted shot of a spiked-hair biker chick (what the hell is the girl with a dragon tattoo doing in Brown's book?). He was saved by a blond pony-tailed attractive doctor named Sienna Brooks whose IQ is a ridiculous 208 and happenned to have a miserable past. Sienna then found a mysterious biohazard tube in Langdon Harris Tweed's jacket which worked as some kind of projector, viewing a creepy map of hell by Sandro Botticelli's "La Mappa Dell'Inferno". Langdon soon found out out that he was being targetted by a lot of people and decided to be in a run with the gorgeous doctor, collecting piece by piece of his lost memories, trying to find out what the hell happened and what was he doing in Florence. Only then he found out that his presence there in Florence had some sort of connection with a mad scientist named Betrand Zobrist whose strange obsession with Dante Alighieri's infamous poem of Inferno was inevitable and that before his dead, he was planning to do whatever it takes to prevent global population from rising and destroying everything, even to result a doomsday. He then continued his search within famous tourist attractions and architectures with the help of Dr. Brooks, to find out what Zobrist real intention was.

"Seek and ya'll shall find." I'm glad to finally get a grip on this book. I always love Dan Brown's work (especially the notorious The Da Vinci Code) and I'm glad that he continues to present his style in this newest book, Inferno. Brown's books have always been a page-turner; the short chapters that end in some kind of cliffhanger that inevitably forces me to turn to the next pages again and again and again until the clock hits 3 A.M. Though I can't seem to believe that every facts Brown presented in this book are indeed a fact (simple Wikipedia search proves a lot though), but I enjoy every little details he offered in this book. Brown's vivid description of art, history and architecture were the best part; it's like getting a semester full of history lesson from the one and only professor Langdon. The plot is engaging with steady-paced adventure, though sometimes it pauses due to Langdon's long lectures (boy, does he know a lot). The one step at a time revelation of clues and facts, with a little play of time, identity, cryptic symbols, post-future issue and medical condition are the key to Brown's exquisite writing, which I enjoyed so damn much. I can say that reading this book makes me like I was in a private tour to Italy's infamous objects, with a little adventure alongside the man of the moment. And I do love how Brown dare to bring the Transhumanism and Plague issues into this story, which obviously enriches and expands it far beyond. Good job.

"The truth can be glimpsed only through the eyes of dead," which is true, because Langdon's exquisite knowledge is dreadful and Sienna's 208 IQ doesn't seem to add up with his, which makes her like a domfounded sidekick with no common sense whatsoever. I hate Sienna, really. She's like "All right, whatever you think Robert, I'm just a translator here." And the thing is, why does Brown have to make the twists and turns in this book so downright cheesy even I winced?! And how inevitable it is to not trust people you barely know, evenmore to take side with him/her? Speaking of exceptional intelligent huh? And boy, does Brown really have to put the rounded calligraph which made me stupidly turn my hardcover book into 360 degrees over and over again to then found out that the complete words were presented on the next page?! While on the other hand, doesn't even bother to include Botticelli's map of hell? What were you thinking Brown??!

Bottom line, I enjoyed reading this book, like a lot. I know that I'm a little bit late to review it because I was just reading it for like 2 days ago (though I've bought this book for like a month ago or so, blame my DVD marathon routine). It's a serious page-turner and adventurously thrilling. And this book does make me look smarter by just reading it. Recommended.
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