What a gripping novel it was!!
Littered with factual details and technical themes, this is arguably Dan Brown’s best written novel to date. The subject matter was once again different from the other Robert Langdon books but still as good. I still think Da Vinci Code set a really high bar for Dan Brown. He might have to look into how to raise the bar further than that in future books (although I don’t see how that will work judging with his latest 2014 release Inferno). But the less said about Inferno, the better (and I don’t mean that in the wrong way). The controversy surrounding these books is the main selling point for their readers and Inferno fails to deliver in that area. Its predecessor The Lost Symbol didn’t disappoint though. I remember first reading this book back in 2012 and I was stuck in imagination and wonderland for a few weeks. It is the kinda book that awoke the Socrates in me. I started asking myself complex philosophical questions about religion, politics, conspiracy theories, science, art, etc. Anyway I don’t wanna give any
Since Prof. Langdon is the best character to quote, I’ll stick to only his quotes:
Great minds are always feared by lesser minds.
Sometimes a legend that endures for centuries… endures for a reason.
The strange ideas we derive today will one day be our celebrated truths.
Sometimes a change of perspective is all it takes to see the light.
Throughout history, every period of enlightenment has been accompanied by darkness, pushing in opposition. Such are laws of nature and balance.
The act of tattooing one’s skin was a tranformative declaration of power, an announcment to the world: I am in control of my own flesh.
Nothing is hidden that will not be made known; nothing is secret that will not come to light.
Google’ is not a synonym for ‘research’.
To live in the world without becoming aware of the meaning of the world is like wandering about in a great library without touching the books.
The only difference between you and God is that you have forgotten you are divine.
Open your minds, my friends. We all fear what we do not understand.
The power of human thought grows exponentially with the number of minds that share that thought.
Wide acceptance of an idea is not proof of its validity.
Knowledge grows exponentially. The more we know, the greater our ability to learn, and the faster we expand our knowledge base.
Imagine how different a world might be if more leaders took time to ponder the finality of death before racing off to war.
Knowledge is a tool, and like all tools, its impact is in the hands of the user.
The more man learned, the more he realized he did not know.
Darkness feeds on apathy.
Don’t tell anyone, but on the pagan day of the sun god Ra, I kneel at the foot of an ancient instrument of torture and consume ritualistic symbols of blood and flesh. …And if any of you care to join me, come to the Harvard chapel on Sunday, kneel beneath the crucifix, and take Holy Communion.
Even brilliant scientists Google themselves.
He thought about science, about faith, about man. he thought about how every culture, in every country, in every time, had always shared one thing. We all had the Creator. We used different names, different faces, and different prayers, but God was the universal constant for man. God was the symbol we all shared…the symbol of all the mysteries of life that we could not understand. The ancients had praised God as a symbol of our limitless human potential, but that ancient symbol had been lost over time. Until now.