Review: Inferno- Dan Brown

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July 7, 2013 by thejalebichronicles

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Overpopulation always was and still is an uneasy topic. To put it simply, the world is fragile and too  small to accommodate so many people. Now throw in a rebel with a brilliant mind and a narcissistic personality. Add art, mysterious hidden messages and of course, the element X. Finish it off with a dash of conspiracy theories and we have Dan Brown’s latest thriller.

This 480 page novel is Brown’s sixth novel and fourth in his infamous Robert Langdon series. With Inferno, Brown brings our favourite Harvard Symbolism professor to Florence, Italy. The location is ideal for the book. Drawing from Brown’s usual style of writing, it is the perfect location for a thriller based on hidden messages in art as it was the birthplace of the Renaissance, and houses many renowned masterpieces

Moving on to the finer points of the novel, Inferno is a well written thriller, though not as controversial or filled with conspiracies-as his previous books. Futuristic, yes, but not extremely so. In fear of spoilers, I won’t reveal much of the plot except for the fact that it is themed on a Dante obsessed eugenic expert who has bold and revolutionary ideas. Apart from that, the plot is one which all Brown fans are familiar (and comfortable) with.

Dan-Brown-001[1]The downfalls of the book are in its subtle quirks which differ from reader to reader. Although the plot is a typical, it doesn’t quite hold up. It’s really tough to buy into the fact that a single person, no matter how intelligent, can outrun government agencies, privately hired mercenaries and in this case, even UN personnel. Brown’s writing style has always and will continue to be criticized. The unnecessary exuberance and constant skipping of pronouns in favour of names begins to become irritating and comes off as an attempt to merely make the book thicker. . A conspiracy centred book should contain surplus details, but in this case, we have copious amounts of writing yet very little attention to detail.  This leaves us with a very big unanswered question- “Is this (over descriptive writing really necessary?”

To sum it up, if you loved Dan Brown’s previous work, you’ll definitely love this one, but it won’t be your favourite. Imagine an art chase like Angels and Demons, a conspiracy like The Da Vinci Code, a real time problem like The Digital Fortress and a dull ending like The Lost Symbol and you have Inferno in a sentence

–          Siddharth Gupta


Click on the images to buy Inferno at Rs. 382.



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