Published by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group on May 14th 2013
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fiction, General, Suspense, Thrillers
In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.
Dan Brown, Dan Brown.
I liken the Robert Langdon books to classical music that is put into old cartoons. An example, Lizst’s Hungarian Rhapsody #2 in the Bugs Bunny short ‘Rhapsody Rabbit‘.
Anyway, my point is that the Robert Langdon novels brings art, history, culture, and architecture to increasingly xenophobic (and often uncultured) Americans. What the Robert Langdon novels do are to take these categories and water them down.. allowing appreciation, on some level, for those who might not otherwise be exposed to it.
So the dilemma is that of the purist – is it better to have the masses exposed to bastardizations of these things rather than no exposure at all? I tend to think that the bastardization is better than nothing.
The novel is unremarkable, but readable. Good for an airplane or beach read.
I had a nice discussion about it on Amazon here. What are your thoughts?