Updated: Jun 27
Birth: June 22, 1964, Exeter, New Hampshire, USA
Daniel Gerhard Brown (Dan Brown), son of a mathematics professor father who won the Presidential Award of America and a mother of professional religious music teacher, grew up in two paradox philosophies such as science and religion.
After graduating from Amherst college and Phillips Exeter Academy, he taught English in these institutions for a while and then he devoted his time to writing novels. Decryption and his curiosity for secret government agencies often led him to write thriller novels on these topics. His wife, an art historian and painter, also helps in his research.
I know there has been a lot of criticism of the Dan Brown books but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The thing to remember is that it is a story. So many people seem to get confused between fact and fiction. I know that Robert Langdon is portrayed as a totally unrealistic man who has an incredible brain and also the gift of indestructibility but he and his girlfriends are enjoyable. He and his lady companion (Vittoria, in this book) race against time and evil to solve clues that will save the Catholic Church and thousands of lives. The amount ofresearch that has obviously gone into this book is phenomenal! There is the art history, the geographic locations in Rome, the Church history, and a good knowledge of the workings of CERN in Switzerland. I found it to be an exciting read that somehow makes the reader want to keep going despite the 574 pages (in turkish version). There is a cliff-hanger every few pages and it is a nice easy read.
“Faith is universal. Our specific methods for understanding it are arbitrary. Some of us pray to Jesus, some of us go to Mecca, some of us study subatomic particles. In the end we are all just searching for truth, that which is greater than ourselves.” /Dan Brown, Angels & Demons
“God, grant me strength to accept those things I cannot change.” /Dan Brown, Angels & Demons
“Religion is like language or dress. We gravitate toward the practices with which we were raised. In the end, though, we are all proclaiming the same thing. That life has meaning. That we are grateful for the power that created us.” /Dan Brown, Angels & Demons
“Whether or not you believe in God, you must believe this: when we as a species abandon our trust in a power greater than us, we abandon our sense of accountability. Faiths… all faiths… are admonitions that there is something we cannot understand, something to which we are accountable. With faith we are accountable to each other, to ourselves, and to a higher truth. Religion is flawed, but only because man is flawed. The church consists of a brotherhood of imperfect, simple souls wanting only to be a voice of compassion in a world spinning out of control.” /Dan Brown, Angels & Demons
“Nothing captures human interest more than human tragedy.” /Dan Brown, Angels & Demons
“Well, science and religion are not competitors, they’re two different languages trying to tell the same story. There’s room in this world for both.” /Dan Brown, Angels & Demons
“Science tells me God must exist. My mind tells me I will never understand God. And my heart tells me I am not meant to.” /Dan Brown, Angels & Demons
“Our minds sometimes see what our hearts wish were true.” /Dan Brown, Angels & Demons
“Even the technology that promises to unite us, divides us. Each of us is now electronically connected to the globe, and yet we feel utterly alone.” /Dan Brown, Angels & Demons
“The media is the right arm of anarchy.” /Dan Brown, Angels & Demons
“No good deed goes unpunished.” /Dan Brown, Angels & Demons
“Dr. Jacobus, I am walking out your doors right now. I need clothes. I am going to Vatican City. One does not go to Vatican City with ones ass hanging out. Do I make myself clear?” /Dan Brown, Angels & Demons