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Review: The Lost Symbol

April 13, 2011

Thriller is a genre where it’s hard to do good on. All the logics need to be in place and plausible and it needs to be surprising and understandable at the same time. Hence, there are only a few writers who have been successful at writing in this genre one of whom is Dan Brown with his piece: The Lost Symbol.

Right before the story actually starts, Dan Brown treats us with a mysterious ceremony, a style in which Brown has used often is his work.After that, the story starts with the familiar professor Langdon, our Harvard professor whom we are familiar with through “The Da Vinci’s code” as well as “Angels and Demons”. He is just arriving at Boston to deliver a lecture, doing his friend: Peter Solomon a favor.

Langdon soon realizes however that he has been called to Boston to take part in a much larger plot (as always.) He then dispatches onto a long journey(640 pages although the entire journey is only about 4-5 hours in the book: 8p.m. until after midnight) to save his friend and uncover the mystery hidden within Washington D.C.

The story itself was thrilling with numerous twists that surprise the readers, keeping their interest and urging them to go on. Each new page is a new adventure, seeming to draw the readers into new events, new symbols and new meanings. One method Brown used to keep up this thriller was in use of switching perspectives. From the perspective of Langdon, the protagonist to Mal’akh, the antagonist, Brown jumped through nearly all the characters in the book without getting lost as each character holds a piece of information that others do not have.

The adventure soon creates many mind-blowing revelations (as stated in the first page of the book: All rituals, science and facts presented in the books are true), that craves readers into finding out about those subjects even after they have finished their book. My personal favorite was when Katherine Solomon “weighted” a soul. This party of symbols, meanings, puzzles, truth and illusion all help to create a tense, fast yet complex atmosphere filled with tension and realizations.

Through his book, I believe Brown has highlighted the importance of knowledge in accordance with the saying: “The more we know, the less we know” and convey the importance of knowledge in a very thrilling manner

A must read book on my list.

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