When the latest Dan Brown’s book “Inferno” was released, I was really looking forward to read it. I truly enjoy reading his books, even though I realise that all his storylines are made up and have nothing to do with reality and real stuff, as well. And I also realise that probably his books won’t be so appreciated in the future as, for example Hemingway’s books are appreciated. I do understand all those things.
And yet I still enjoy reading brown’s books and I’m ashamed of that. I assume that it won’t be surprise if I say that my acquaintance with Dan brown began with “The Da Vinci code”. Back then “The Da vinci code” was like a bomb that exploded into a millions pieces around the whole world. Everybody were talking about it, discussing it, loving and hating this book and its author as well. I, like many others, got hooked up on Brown’s books :).
“Inferno” is another book about widely known professor Robert Langdon and his, well, let’s say adventures. This time a reader is offered to explore another mystery related to Dante Alighieri’s “The Divine Comedy”, in particular with “Inferno” part, crazy medical genius secret services and WHO.
Basically, this time Dan Brown as a foundation took a work of literature, not a work of art, like he did in “The Da Vinci code”, or architecture, like in “Angels or Demons”. This decission was kind of daring, because those who haven’t read “the Divine Comedy” might not understant “Inferno”, or they may loose interest. Meanwhile you can easily look up for a painting or a building on the Interest, to see how it looks like. Of course, you can equally easily read about a certain book, but it’s not the same like to read that book. So here an author is asking his readers to be more educated in literature. I think it’s kind of cool, because a writer is introducing his readers something valuable.
Another thing that I’ve noticed about “Inferno” was that this book is way darker, catastrophic, apocalyptic than the previous ones. I think it’s because of the key elements of the story that in my opinio are:
The first two I think are related, but the third with them isn’t in any way ( well, except when we’re talking about the history of medicine, o medical literature. But if we consider history, literature and medicine as three different subjects, then I don’t think they are similar. But I’ve got carried away. Let’s get back to “Inferno”.
Again and as usual I won’t tell all the storyline in details, that you can find in Wikipedia. But I just want to say, even though that all the stories are basically made up, but when you read them, you unwillingly start to believe them. And either this is the power of talented writer (some people would strongly disagree with it) that can persuade you that sky isn’t blue, it’s green, or there is, maybe very small, chance that those things are true.
For example, in “Inferno” is discussed an issue of a virus, who can reduce the human population. I think this could eaisly be true, that somewhere in laboratories scientist are creating virus, so they could spread, people would get sick, and then they would have to buy medicine. As it is said: “There’s nothing personal, just business”.
Or another issue: world’s overpopulation. Of course it would be horrible, tragic and bad to reduce human population by spreading some sort of a virus, but let’s face it there are to many people in the world, and the number is growing rappidly. And soon ( maybe not next year, but soon enough) the humanity might face the lack of clean water of food. Sometimes I think that all those disasters like flood, earthquakes, cunamis with a reason. Maybe mother nature is trying to keep the balance between all kinds of resourses for us. Maybe it’s how she tries to safe us from ourselves.
So what if this is all true?
But what if…
Think about it.