Friday, July 13, 2012
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
Good writing, but not as good a story as The DaVinci Code. Once again, Robert Langdon is summoned to solve a mystery filled with ancient symbolism. This time, we don't start with a dead body, rather with a body part, and Robert is again assisted by a female related to the victim - not his granddaughter or daughter, but this time, his sister. Set in Washington DC, combining once again symbolism from the Bible along with that of other ancient cultures and in this story, focusing on that of the Freemasons, we again have an insane antagonist and only Robert Langdon, assisted by his female accomplice, can unravel the symbolic mystery.
Like Angels and Demons, this story includes some science and some pseudo-science, blending fact and fiction, new-ageism, Christianity, Freemasonry and a large dose of the author's immagination.
The fact that Peter Solomon, a symbolic name in and of itself, really did know what the mysterious pyramid lead to, however, kind of nullified the whole hiding and searching for meaning since it was apparantly already known to him. Why all the life-risking drama if the answer was so simple? Perhaps the author was trying to make some sort of theological/metaphysical statement, but in doing so, I think he lost the excitement and intrigue that is present in his more imaginative book, The DaVinci Code.