Book – Lost Symbol (Dan Brown)

After the huge disappointment of The Da Vinci Code (for me), it took me sometime to pick up another Dan Brown’s offering – his latest, The Lost Symbol. Sadly, it was still formulaic Dan Brown: a merry chase centered around the Da Vinci Code’s protagonist, Robert Langdon while he was brilliantly solving ancient symbols, and excruciatingly at the end, a Don Brown lecture on comparative philosophies.

Gordon Lish once said, “It’s not about what happens to people on a page; it’s about what happens to a reader in his heart and mind.” (Quoted by Karl Inglesias in Writing for Emotional Impact.) True, but in Dan Brown’s book, I felt I was being actively manipulated. Remember the old Zorro TV series where each week’s episode ends with a cliffhanger? You tuned in the following week only to find out it was not really a cliffhanger; it was just the camera angles that made the cliffhanger, and which the following week’s episode disproved with another different camera’s shot.

Jeez…

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