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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.
Inspiring for more
It has been a long time since the last book I read, but Inferno has inspired me to read much more. I like the way the story is told from all the different perspectives, yet they don't slow down the timeline. The amount of detail is a nice balance between scene description, character emotion and history; allowing me to experience the story like I'm right there. Especially nice if you have been at the described locations and recall the areas from memory ;)
He does it again
Disturbing, entertaining, exciting,scary and superb.
Ik had gehoopt dat het vernieuwend was maar uiteindelijk was het via dezelde formule als z'n vorige boeken geschreven. Eind was zwak. Zeker het filosofische gedeelte over transhumanisme. Punt van overpopulatie is niet nieuw. Credo: Één aarde is genoeg voor iedereen!