I had been waiting for Dan Brown’s highly anticipated book “The Lost Symbol” to come out in paperback for around a year and a half after its original release in hardcover. The sight of the book tormented me every time I stepped into a bookstore, unable to find what I wanted. Yet a week ago, I finally got my hands on that edition and begin to read what turned out to be 600 pages worth of utter disappointment.
This time, we see Robert Langdon, renowned Harvard symbologist (which by the way does not exist in real life), Brown’s main protagonist, in Washington D.C, trying to unlock the secrets of Freemasonry amidst the city’s architecture, art, and monuments to save his friend’s life, aided by an attractive, yet intelligent female, all while running away from the officials and the madman who brought him there in the first place.
I won’t go into the whole plot-line, because you can easily find that online at Wikipedia or any other website, and they’re more informed than I am on that subject matter. (I still have to reread the book to get its full scope). Therefore, this post is about first and general impressions. (more…)