I was faffing around in the book aisle at Asda, desperately seeking Dan Brown’s latest book ‘The Lost Symbol’. I heard on the news that day that Asda was selling them for a fiver compared to WHSmith’s £18.99! I still had my i’m-a-poor-student-i-cant-afford-anything-more-than-a-fiver hat on and rushed down there in the pouring rain. Ah, desperate you must be thinking. But I loved ‘The Da-Vinci Code’ sooo much I knew this was going to be amazing too. I was speaking to one of the cashiers, and a woman before me had just bought 73 copies! leaving me to purchase the last one. Wa-hay!
Paying for my book, I rushed home to begin reading it immediately (unemployed people have nothing better to do!) The book still focuses on the main character Robert Langdon, Harvard Symbologist cum celebrity. I couldn’t help but picture Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon throughout the book! There is another death and another archaic symbol that draws Langdon to Washington DC, which is bubbling over with Masonic secrets. Langdon must unfold these secrets if he wants to save the life of his best friend, mentor and a Mason of the highest order.
The book itself was a thrill to read. It was fast paced and some parts had me ooh-ing and aah-ing. But I felt that Brown had simply copied the template of the da vinci code, all but altering the location and the symbols. By the time it came to revealing all the hidden gems and ancient secrets…I was bored. I actually skimmed over the juicy bits, only returning to it the other day forcing myself to read it. It’s still on my bedside table, page folded over, waiting, pleading to be completed. I’m just not interested, and I don’t know why.
I think Brown’s lost it.