When The Da Vinci Code phenomenon happened, I read most of Dan Brown’s novels and I enjoyed all of them. But for some reason I didn’t review his books on my blog. So here it goes:
Robert Langdon is the protagonist who is Pretty damn intelligent, resourceful, and witty. This is the first novel in which the character appears. Robert is a well-known symbologist 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.
From the very beginning I couldn’t put it down. The whole story takes place in 12 hours and this really is a great idea that Brown fully takes advantage of. You can feel the pressure of the time. You feel like you are there with the characters, you want to solve the mystery. I did not know where Dan Brown would take the story next. Every time the action picked up in this book, I had a serious adrenaline rush. My heart raced, my eyes frantically read line after line, and my hands automatically went to my mouth. For me, I was hooked along for the ride, and even though some might find his twists unbelievable or even predictable, I was just in it for the story and found myself completely absorbed. I love how he took historical events, places, art and turned them upside down into a thriller that left me wanting more. I appreciated the facts throughout the story that was presented to the reader about the Illuminati, Vatican City, etc. The awesomeness of this work lies in the battle between science and religion, perhaps one of the most seminal works about that topic.
Dan Brown not only wrote a good novel but he also brought up the old argument of Science vs. Religion. Both sides of the argument are thoughtfully brought up in Angels and Demons and in the end it is up to the reader to decide which side they believe is the right path for them. I love that he didn’t try and persuade the reader of his view on the subject but instead put the evidence and arguments out there for us to make up our own minds.
You rarely find such enjoyable, action-packed thrillers and this is why his books are so popular! They are nothing more than what a popcorn-blockbuster is for the cinema but we all need a book like that sometimes!
My rating: 4/5
Few of my favourite quotes from novel are:
Science and religion are not at odds. Science is simply too young to understand.
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.
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 are all just searching for truth, that which is greater than ourselves
God answers all prayers, but sometimes his answer is ‘no’.
Our minds sometimes see what our hearts wish were true.
Nothing captures human interest more than human tragedy.