Brown’s Own Kind of Hell

Dan Brown’s newest suspense-thriller-action novel, Inferno, offers an otherwise skewed but logical perspective in looking at certain issues that hunt the world and humanity nowadays.

Courtesy of The Atlantic Wire

Courtesy of The Atlantic Wire

Banking on issues of overpopulation and environmental degradation, among others, Brown shows to us, through the eyes of our renowned symbologist Prof. Robert Langdon, a fresh take on these problems by immersing us into a world and into characters that have been greatly influenced by poet Dante Alighieri through his celebrated work The Divine Comedy.

The novel, which fans of Dan Brown will find particularly very him, more than being a great work of fiction, allows us to appreciate art and the many symbolisms that each piece of artwork holds. Whether paintings, sculptures, lyric poems, architecture, or death masks, we are immersed into a world of captivation and awe. Brown allows us to give praise to the many artwork created by geniuses that lived before us simply by triggering us to look them up in Google and wish to see the artwork in the flesh.

Apart from simply creating a story of twisted plot and intertwining structures, Dan Brown allows all of us to see the interconnectedness of the world – a world created by conspiracy and intellect. Similarly, he lets us see the finite nature of everything in this world.

Brown has created yet again another novel that compels all of us to rethink of the ways we see the world. Despite its fictional nature, the foundations that he used to build the story of Inferno are very much real.

Dante Alighieri made early Christians think of their faith. Dan Brown is making us now think of our actions and the dire, incalculable effects they have on our own lives and the lives of everyone else in this world.


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