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Series: Robert Langdon (5)

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Usual Dan Brown: page-turner but with little attention to reality. In this case poor quality straw men for the religious, particularly, Christian characters. And regurgitation of animosity between science and religion is several centuries out of date (at best). ( )
  jandm | May 3, 2019 |
Brown, Dan (2017). Origin. Londra: Transworld. ISBN: 9781473543348. Pagine 456. 6,19 €.

Ma non mi vergogno a leggere Dan Brown? Sì, mi vergogno, ma ci ricasco tutte le volte, come un adolescente con gli atti impuri commessi in solitudine, nonostante le sinistre profezie della cecità in questa vita e dell’inferno per l’eternità.

Dan Brown non è un grande scrittore, e neppure uno scrittore medio. Però – oltre a toccare temi à la page in grado di incuriosire un pubblico moderatamente colto e informato e a stupire, facendolo sembrare colto e informato, il resto dei lettori – è una gran guida di viaggio, ben documentato sui luoghi che ci fa visitare.

Confesso – tanto per restare nel clima penitenziale – di aver letto, oltre al Codice Da Vinci (che offriva l’alibi della curiosità per un fenomeno di costume, dato che tutti parlavano del libro e, un paio d’anni dopo, del brutto film che ne era stato tratto), anche Digital Fortress (in italiano Crypto, con l’alibi questa volta del mio interesse per la crittografia: ma se volete leggere un bel libro in tema, leggete piuttosto Criptonomicon di Neal Stephenson, se riuscite ancora a scovarlo nell’edizione italiana di Rizzoli) e Inferno (qui la scusa erano Dante e una mamma professoressa e dantista, che se avesse fatto invece la dentista oggi sarei più ricco. Inferno l’ho recensito qui). Dato che Dan Brown ha scritto in tutto sette romanzi, ne ho letti più della metà.

Non vi racconto niente della trama: è pur sempre un thriller, o meglio un romanzo a chiave, pieno di colpi di scena più o meno prevedibili. Sotto il profilo turistico, parliamo di Spagna. Se non mi ricordo male: si parte dal monastero di Montserrat. poi il museo Guggenheim di Bilbao. C’è una puntata a Budapest e una alla cattedrale e al palazzo reale di Madrid. Ma il nostro autore non poteva farsi scappare la Barcellona di Gaudì. Prima fa andare il protagonista alla Pedrera. E poi, naturalmente alla Sagrada Familia. Dulcis in fundo, la Basílica de la Santa Cruz del Valle de los Caídos…

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Pochissime le citazioni che meritano di essere ricordate:

‘Men plan, and God laughs.’ (p. 225)

In other words, Darwin’s theory described the survival of the fittest, but not the arrival of the fittest. (p. 386)

‘The price of greatness … is responsibility.’ (p. 412: è una citazione di Churchill) ( )
  Boris.Limpopo | Apr 29, 2019 |
An excellent read that made me very uncomfortable sometimes when religious beliefs were challenged. It was a great story highlighting a number of places in Spain that should be visited and challenged Darwinism plus the future of the human race. The conclusion was magnificent and scary at the same time. ( )
  imyknott | Apr 26, 2019 |
Finally time for Origin - I will be reading this book in the next month or two!
  InnahLovesYou | Apr 18, 2019 |
An interesting premise lies behind this one (along with a lot of food for thought), but it's overhyped at the outset, which results in something of an underwhelming resolution in the end. Along the way, Brown provides plenty of action and does an evenhanded and fair job of presenting both sides of the religion/science debate that he explores in this one, but he also goes off on something of a free association philosophical ramble near the end that seems out of place. Really, though, the problem is that The Big Secret was way oversold at the outset and there was no way for things to live up to that sort of hype. There are also problems that result from some of the conclusions drawn from the revelation of The Big Secret, but those are better suited for a philosophy or religion class than a book review. In short, a solid outing from Brown that fails to stick the eventual landing. ( )
  jimgysin | Mar 22, 2019 |
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We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. Joseph Campbell
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As the ancient cogwheel train clawed its way up the dizzying incline, Edmond Kirsch surveyed the jagged mountaintop above him.
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Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough...one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence. As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret. Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace itself...and who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch. On a trail marked by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery...and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us.
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Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend the unveiling of a discovery that "will change the face of science forever". The evening's host is his friend and former student, Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old tech magnate whose dazzling inventions and audacious predictions have made him a controversial figure around the world. This evening is to be no exception: he claims he will reveal an astonishing scientific breakthrough to challenge the fundamentals of human existence. But Langdon and several hundred other guests are left reeling when the meticulously orchestrated evening is blown apart before Kirsch's precious discovery can be revealed. With his life under threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape, along with the museum's director, Ambra Vidal. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch's secret.… (more)

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