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'A swirl of big ideas and non-stop action' New York Times
Florence: Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon awakes in a hospital bed with no recollection of where he is or how he got there. Nor can he explain the origin of the macabre object that is found hidden in his belongings.
A threat to his life will propel him and a young doctor, Sienna Brooks, into a breakneck chase across the city. Only Langdon's knowledge of the hidden passageways and ancient secrets that lie behind its historic facade can save them from the clutches of their unknown pursuers.
With only a few lines from Dante's Inferno to guide them, they must decipher a sequence of codes buried deep within some of the Renaissance's most celebrated artworks to find the answers to a puzzle which may, or may not, help them save the world from a terrifying threat . . .
The threat of world overpopulation is the latest assignment for Brown's art historian and accidental sleuth Robert Langdon. Awakening in a Florence hospital with no memory of the preceding 36 hours, Langdon and an attractive attending physician with an oversized intellect are immediately pursued by an ominous underground organization and the Italian police. Detailed tours of Florence, Venice, and Istanbul mean to establish setting, but instead bog down the story and border on showoffmanship. Relying on a deceased villain's trail of clues threaded through the text of Dante's The Divine Comedy, the duo attempt to unravel the events leading up to Langdon's amnesia and thwart a global genocide scheme. Suspension of disbelief is required as miraculous coincidences pile upon pure luck. Near the three-quarters point everything established gets upended and Brown, hoping to draw us in deeper, nearly drives us out. Though the prose is fast-paced and sharp, the burdensome dialogue only serves plot and back story, and is interspersed with unfortunate attempts at folksy humor. It's hard not to appreciate a present day mega-selling thriller that attempts a refresher course in Italian literature and European history. But the real mystery is in the book's denouement and how Brown can possibly bring his hero back for more.
Bon bouquin qui se dévore
Encore un très bon bouquin de Dan Brown qui satisfait l'esprit de celui ou celle qui aime les mystères. Une course effrénée qui ne s'arrête pas avant les tout derniers chapitres de l'ouvrage. Un thème récurrent cependant, l'auteur n'a donc rien inventé :) (cf la série UK Utopia, par exemple)
Pas mal du tout
Facile à lire en anglais, "page Turner"...
Un régal pour ceux qui aiment le style et souhaitent perfectionner leur vocabulaire. Manque une étoile, car il manque un livre papier à ma bibliothèque, mais c'est plus confortable de lire en anglais sur le iPad et profiter du dictionnaire intégré, plutôt que de couper la lecture avec un dico papier...
Good read. Not as good as his previous Robert Langdon story but very enjoyable all the same.