Harvard symbology professor Robert Langdon wakes up in a hospital in Florence, Italy, with a wound to his head and no recollection of how he got there. However, there’s no time to rest because dangerous people will stop at nothing to kill him. With the help of the doctor treating him – a mysterious woman with a past – Langdon tries to outrun his captors in order to find answers. A puzzling object sewn into his jacket offers clues related to Dante, an Italian poet famous for writing The Divine Comedy. It soon becomes clear that if Langdon can’t crack the codes left behind by a diabolical genius, then the world will be headed for the gruesome hell that Dante envisioned. But Langdon will quickly learn that things are not quite as they seem…
One word: WOW.
I’ll be honest with you; I don’t have a clue about art history, but reading this book is mind-boggling. I came to realise that there’s so much about art that I overlook. When we go into a museum, we look but we don’t see. I don’t remember the last time I googled about Mona Lisa. This book is amazing. Not just with the fascinating descriptions of Italy, Dan Brown’s plot-within-a-plot-within-a-plot signature style hooks me like an addiction. You think you know what’s about to happen but when you read on, you get stunned because Brown just pulled the rug you stood on.
I think it’s amazing how Brown finds a way to bridge past, present and future to draw attention to modern social issues like overpopulation and its effects on the environment. He has stressed that “Inferno” doesn’t advocate one side over the other; he simply wants to get us thinking. Naturally, he succeeds in creating a dilemma so riveting, you’ll feel conflicted when you start seeing the “bad guy’s” point. Definitely kept me up at night.