Dan Brown’s “The Lost Symbol”

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Since the “Da Vinci Code”, it’s been a long wait for Dan Brown’s latest. But, at last I have read it, and consumed it with zeal. It’s entitled “The Lost Symbol”.

Robert Langdon (Harvard symbologist) is back. This time he is thrown into another  heart-pounding “save the the world” scenario. This is, of course expected by we readers, not Mr Langdon).

Involving Freemasons, Noetic science, ancient codes(of course!), and many little known and interesting facts about Washington D.C. and its grand history;

this neatly written romp gives us what we expect (including plot twists) from Mr Brown.

It is no literary tour de force, but it is a fun tale that kept me engrossed partly due to its “fact-based” scientific, historical and architecture references, but also for its protagonist, the professor himself, the rather boring Robert Langdon.

Besides being a fit, tall, bookish man in his forties, we know Robert is a strong swimmer, unattached, and a long time sufferer of claustrophobia. But that’s about it. Really he is quite dull. But this, I think, is a key to Mr Brown’s terrific storytelling.

Such a pedestrian academic main character allows him to be boring, unadventurous and prone to lecturing. Thus giving Mr Brown a voice for important facts, historical details and otherwise “out of place” dialogue and narrative.

This does give the reader “an ordinary man in an extraordinary situation” stereotype, but he can be so ordinary we even relish his regular mistranslation or miscalculation of an important clue, giving way for the ever extreme villains to exploit and gain ground.

I loved “Angels and demons”, liked “The Da Vinci Code” and I also liked “The Lost Symbol”. Give it a go!

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