Updated: Jul 28
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.
Professor Langdon faces his fourth crime riddle, traveling through important cultural and historical places, and of course with a handsome and resourceful young woman by his side But after 3 novels these personalities are boring me. This time, the setting is Florence/Italy; the crime revolves around the who and an impossible moral question: should the world population be reduced in order to save the human species?
There is a sentence like this in the book: Would you do it if you had the power to destroy half of the world's population? and this sentence can be considered the subject of the 2018 movie 'Infinity War'. 'Inferno' was written in 2013, so Marvel is clearly influenced by Dan Brown. This is not a popular opinion, but it is true. Dan Brown has chosen to continue with more books about the Harvard art professor (instead of independent stories such as "Digital Fortress" or "Deception Point" - still my favourites by this author), for the character works. True. Still, after three Langdon adventures, Inferno seems to be "just one more". Thrilling and exhilirating as the plot is from the beginning, at some point even the surprise element can become routine. That's what I thought until, more than halfway through the book, I came to the page where I realized that Dan Brown has been fooling me again, from the very beginning and again in the most unexpected way. Dan Brown shamelessly plays with the readers like always. So, Robert Langdon strikes again...
“Believe me, I know what it's like to feel all alone...the worst kind of loneliness in the world is the isolation that comes from being misunderstood, It can make people lose their grasp on reality.” /Dan Brown, Inferno
“But believe me, just because the human mind can't imagine something happening... doesn't mean it won't.” /Dan Brown, Inferno
“Madness breeds madness.” /Dan Brown, Inferno
“The decisions of our past are the architects of our present.” /Dan Brown, Inferno
“Denial is a critical part of the human coping mechanism. Without it, we would all wake up terrified every morning about all the ways we could die. Instead, our minds block out our existential fears by focusing on stresses we can handle—like getting to work on time or paying our taxes.” /Dan Brown, Inferno
“I'm a fan of the truth... even if it's painfully hard to accept.” /Dan Brown, Inferno
“The human mind has a primitive ego defense mechanism that negates all realities that produce too much stress for the brain to handle. It’s called Denial.” /Dan Brown, Inferno
“Both Christianity and Islam are logocentric,” he told his students, “meaning they are focused on the Word. In Christian tradition, the Word became flesh in the book of John: ‘And the Word was made flesh, and He dwelt among us.’ Therefore, it was acceptable to depict the Word as having a human form. In Islamic tradition, however, the Word did not become flesh, and therefore the Word needs to remain in the form of a word … in most cases, calligraphic renderings of the names of the holy figures of Islam.” /Dan Brown, Inferno
“The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their silence at times of crisis.” /Dan Brown, Inferno
“I believe that thinking about the problem … is your problem.” /Dan Brown, Inferno