LATEST NEWS >>> The movie adaptation of the book is being filmed now, and will set for release in October 2016. I’m really looking forward to it. The backdrop will surely be very stunning. After all, we are talking about Florence, Venice and Istanbul, three of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It simply cannot go wrong.
It has been a while since I last read such a thick book from start to end. In this time of electronic stuffs and easy reading, 500 pages of story is really a challenge, but I’ve made it, and I can proudly say that it was worth my time. It was even more interesting for me as I finished the book shortly before my Euro Trip, which made the whole experience even more interesting, especially when I stood in front of those landmarks featured in the book and imagining Mr. Robert Langdon running down the path and passing by me, in his quest to find the truth. So, if you are running out of good reading materials, go ahead and try this one, and tell me what you think of it 🙂 Hopefully you will also share my feelings.
The main story unfolded in Florence, one of the most beautiful cities in Italy and Europe. This city, with its rich heritage of architecture and art, and its thousands of years of history, is an open air museum, and a must-see destination for any European tour. At every corner, you can find something worth taking photos, and there are more than a dozen of grand buildings that can take your breath away. With that picturesque background, and the talent of Dan Brown in building a thrilling story with so many knots and twists, it’s excusable to get hooked on and find it difficult to put the book down.
This is my third journey with Mr. Langdon, and I must say that I have been liking home more and more. I have not touched The Last Symbol yet, but after this good drive with him, I think I will do that soon. Haha, I have become his fan, perhaps. He is smart, intelligent, a walking dictionary, and he seems to know everything when it comes to arts and history. He is cool, and intellectual, yet still active and athletic. He is my modern day Sherlock Holmes, and I must say that Tom Hanks really plays him well. He’s very close to the Langdon in my imagination, and I can’t wait for the movie to come out.
Similar to the first 2 stories, Langdon was once again thrown into the thick of action without his consent, fated to save the world without even knowing what was waiting for him. From a deeply spiritual killer willing to die for his faith to a paranoid monk who wanted to save the world in an extremely radical way to a mad scientist who had strong belief that the world was on the path to doomsday unless something drastic happened, Dan Brown let the stories unfold in a very natural way, letting us ride on the back of Langdon and experience the adventure from his own point of view. That special way of story telling makes the experience more engaging, as readers have the chance to immerse in the story and understand what went on in the mind of the character. It’s more personal, it’s just like you are there, you are part of the plot, you are a witness of the change of history. I guess that makes him a best selling novelist, a really good storyteller.
I will not say anything about the plot, since I don’t want to spoil your fun. However, you may want to keep your phone or tablet close by while reading this book, so that you can quickly google the details mentioned inside. Trust me, they are amazing. The buildings, the art pieces, the location, the paintings. They are all masterpieces. And if you don’t know who Dante is, he is a very famous Italian poet who was born around 900 years ago in Florence itself. His most famous work is Divine Comedy, a giant composition of poems depicting the journey from life to hell to heaven. He is the inspiration for this book, and his Divine Comedy forms the backbone of the whole story. You don’t need to read that whole poem (it’s super long anyway), since the most important verses have been cited in the book.
Last but not least, if you have chance to visit Europe, be sure you go to Florence, and go to Ponte Vecchio, Piazza Vecchio and Duomo. They are beautiful in photos, and much much better in real life. You will be shocked at the level of details and mastery of the artworks, and the grandeur of the architecture. After all, the Duomo is the third biggest basilica in the world, and the biggest at the time of its construction. The dome is colossal, and the outer facade of the basilica, with the statues and decorations are out of this world. They will surely capture your heart, and make you fall in love so deeply that you want to come back again and again.
Some more photos of the beauty of Florence.
Statue of David, Piazza della Signoria