Goodreads Synopsis: In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci Code,Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.
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.
Inferno broke me out of my slow-paced disinterested reading rut with its fast-paced plot and thankfully short chapters, making it easy to complete within a week despite loads of college work. Having said this, I did however, have a few issues with it.
First off, the descriptive parts of the novel pertaining to architecture and art did come off as a pompous and overly drawn out to fill pages. The description of Botticelli’s Map of Hell, the Vasari Corridor etc. was tedious in the midst of the plot, serving as roadblocks on a highway.
This was also the first time Dan Brown tried to infuse biologoical and genetic concepts (like that of exponential population growth) into his writing, blending them with pieces of art and literature alike. This unnatural and far-fetched collaboration of science and art did not merge well into a cohesive story line, similar to a preschooler attempting to fit a square block into a triangular hole. They simply do not fit…not in this way at least. I’m not so sure Dante would be impressed with the inculcation of his famous Inferno into this Dan Brown novel.
Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a quick read and something fast-paced, Inferno would serve that purpose.