Author(s): Dan BrownDownload
يتم استدعاء روبرت لانغدون، وهو بروفسور شهير متخرج من جامعة هارفارد في مجال دراسة الرموز وتحليلها، إلى أحد مراكز الأبحاث السويسرية بهدف تفسير رمز سري كان قد سفع على صدر أحد الفيزيائيين الذي وقع ضحية جريمة قتل شنيعة ومروعة. ولكن ما سوف يكتشفه هذا الخبير أمر لا يمكن للعقل تصوره: ثأر قديم ومميت ضد الكنيسة الكاثوليكية من قبل منظمة خفية وقديمة تعرف بالطبقة المستنيرة. وفي محاولة يائسة لإنقاذ الفاتيكان من قنبلة موقوتة مدمرة، ينضم لانغدون إلى قوات روما ومعه العالمة الفاتنة والغامضة فيتوريا فيترا. ومعاً سوف ينطلقان في مطاردة مسعورة ومحفوفة بالمخاطر عبر السراديب والمقابر التحت أرضية الخطيرة والكاتدرائيات المقفرة وأكثر السراديب سرية على وجه الأرض .. مخبأ الطبقة المستنيرة.
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& I was left… STUNNED! Just, just, stunned. Incredibly, this one is the one to top when it comes to adventure & history and pace & ingenuity.
I’ve recently noticed how much history is revered (rightfully) by the modern authors. This is a different type of historical immersion. This is about bringing it to the forefront… something in the past is incredibly relevant, vital, to the present.
Everyone but me had read this, & after Da Vinci Code–that bitch of an overrated heathen–I thought Brown was a phony (in company of Nicholas Sparks, among others). Not so. This is a MASTERPIECE indeed.
I read this in like two sittings. All 710 pages of oversized print.
I was soooo hooked I recalled many other lesser books that have riveted me. This one is so incredibly put together, it is no wonder Brown has been heralded by the general readership, ingrained in the zeitgeist.
The awesomeness of this work lies in the battle between science and religion, perhaps one of the most seminal works about that topic. It explores this duality literally, symbolically… every which way. That they are married, both science and religion, is the thesis. Brown proves this with the precision of a skilled scientist. & with the heart of a devout… historian.
Religion always was, is, has been, and always will be a very sensitive subject for me. However this book was a “battle” of religion and science. The storyline was engaging. I have to admit that the beginning was a bit slow, but as the book progressed, the pace really picked up to a point I pruned myself out in the bathtub finishing it. There was a page I found to be very thought-provoking.
“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.”
Langdon was intrigued. “So you’re saying that whether you are a Christian or a Muslin simply depends on where you were born?”
“Isn’t it obvious? Look at the diffusion of religion around the globe.”
“So faith is random?”
“Hardly. 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 all are just searching for truth, that which is greater for ourselves.” – page 110
This does explain a lot of things for me… *pondering*
Robert Langdon is the protagonist. This is the first novel in which the character appears (The DaVinci Code being the most famous) The well-known symbologist is called in by the director of CERN when a renowned scientist is found murdered. The scientist had created anti-matter, in an attempt to demonstrate that divine creation of the universe was scientifically explainable. The scientist has, of course, a brilliant and beautiful daughter. The tale has much payload regarding the Illuminati, an ancient group of scientists who had formed a secret society in opposition to the church. It is fast-paced, and a well made example of the action adventure tale. We learn much about the history of the illuminati, a bit about CERN, but the central questions remain ones of faith and science. It was a fun read, one I felt impelled to return to when free moments appeared.
This is an excerpt from my review of Inferno, which I read before Angels and Demons – With this glowing rating for Inferno, I seal my place among the cheap thrill seeking, easy going, instant gratification demanding readers. I welcome that the other Robert Langdon books follow the same tired schema.
Now then, it felt to me that most of the book was not living to this sugary craving of pulp literature. This brought me back to earth, when I was once airborne. However the book picked up for a fiery, flowery third act. By the end I was sweating bullets. But the book is one of the best big books to sustain the ideas and keep providing mini theatricals. It’s a wonder how the writer could assimilate all these research and documentation and merge it in a thriller of a bestseller. For that alone I applaud Dan Brown.
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.
The first time I read Angels and Demons was 4 years ago, and it completely blew me away. This was my fourth time reading it, and it still is one of my favorite books of all time, and I’m sure it will always remain on that position.
In this review, I won’t go into the plot, since I think that everyone has either read it, seen the movie, or just heard of what it’s about. I will stick to my feelings about this book, and why it has impacted my life this much.
Firstly, the character of Robert Langdon will always be (at least in my opinion) one of the best characters ever created. And Brown’s writing style goes perfectly with his character. He is a kind of a professor I would give anything to at least attend one of his lectures. I like his way of thinking, and he knows how to perfectly describe a place or a building, so that you would love to visit and explore every single one of them.
And when it comes to the book as a whole, it impacted my beliefs quite a bit. I remember when I first read it, and how it changed my viewpoints on religion, science, Church, and even God as well. Not necessarily in a good or a bad way, it just opened my mind, and ever since then I have tried to not have a closed mind when it comes to both religion and science. They are not the opposite things, and just like Brown said in this book:
‘Science and religion are not at odds. Science is simply too young to understand.’
And to conclude, I get who so many people dislike or even hate Dan Brown’s books, but he was one of those writers who got me into reading. Until now, not a single one of his books disappointed me (and I’ve read every single one of them) and I’m pretty sure none of them, yet to be written, will.
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