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Inferno by Dan Brown - Review

Monday, July 18, 2022

I had to read this for book club, which I wasn't exactly thrilled about. I read all of Dan Brown's books over a decade ago and I have to admit I was very suckered in with all the theology, hidden clues, all of that stuff. My parents read them too, and then just my mum after my dad died in 2008. I bought Inferno when it came out but didn't read it, which is why I owned the hardback copy. I have moved on from this kind of literature, and I don't think Brown is a very good writer, so I would probably have never read this was it not for someone choosing it for book club. 

It took me over a week to read because I just found it so long and overwritten. But I got through it! Eventually! 

Robert Langdon wakes up in a hospital in Florence, with absolutely no memory of why he's there or what's happened to him. Before he can really collect himself and talk to the two doctors attending him, a spiky haired woman breaks into the ward and starts shooting, killing one of the doctors. The other one, Selena, helps Langdon escape and they go to her flat. Langdon wants to phone the US Consulate, which he does, and he also checks his Harvard email to see if there's any clue as to why he's in Florence. The government arrive quickly, in a black van with armed soldiers, which obviously alarms Langdon and Selena so they again escape, escaping the spiky haired woman too. It turns out that Langdon has a thing in his posession which depicts a painting of Dante's Inferno, but with several changes made. They go to a museum to follow clues, and then end up sprinting across Italy trying to work out what's happened. Of course.

Also there is of course a nefarious organisation covering up their part in what's going on, and a man following Langdon and Selena. These books are all so formulaic and at this point I am just over it. I didn't even think the clues were particularly good this time around! I will probably watch the film though, just to see if that's any better. 

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