The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown
March 17, 2010 § 17 Comments
I borrowed this book from a friend of mine. He bought it on the first day it hit the shelves last year. I’ve been waiting to see when this book would finally be taken off the ‘What’s Hot’ shelf at the library (which means I have to pay $5 to borrow the book for fortnight) and finally put on the normal shelves. But it hasn’t happened yet. I’m not so sure why.
Anyway, in The Lost Symbol, Robert Langdon is yet again unknowingly roped into a mysterious case that involves symbolism, the Freemasons, and the authorities. This time, though, science plays a huge part in how the story unfolds, with ancient mysticism coming into the fray as well.
Now, I have to say that I have read all of Dan Brown’s books so far. And I really did enjoy reading Angels and Demons. It started to drag a little in his second book of the Langdon series (I’m calling it a series anyway), The Da Vinci Code. I was kind of disappointed that this book didn’t stop the trend.
There were some new ideas, and some of the science bits included in the book did sound rather interesting. But on the whole, the book didn’t work for me. At around page 241, I was starting to wonder why the book didn’t seem to want to end. There were multiple times in the storyline when I felt like the story should close in the next 50 pages or so, but it just went on and on until it finally ended on page 509.
Maybe Brown was trying to put too much into a single volume. I can’t say the plot was slow moving, because it was anything but. The story was fastpaced, the kind that keeps you turning the pages. Which is also the reason why I managed to finish the book regardless of how unsatisfied I felt with it. Maybe I was hoping for a good twist. But somehow, despite the many things happening all at once in the plot, I was pretty much able to predict what the outcome might be.
I skimmed a lot of the pages, just willing the book to end. I’m not one to praise myself for having a good concentration, because I don’t. A lot of the time, I get distracted very easily by one thing or another. But with this book, distractions came every other chapter. Not a very good sign.
All that said and done, if Brown wrote another book about Robert Langdon and his wild theories about mysticism and religion, I think I’d still read it. Funny that I should feel this way, but that’s just how it is.
* Did anyone else read this? What did you think? Anything I missed that might have made the book good for me?