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Das verlorene Symbol by Dan Brown

Das verlorene Symbol (original 2009; edition 2009)

by Dan Brown

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Title:Das verlorene Symbol
Authors:Dan Brown
Info:Bastei Lübbe (Lübbe Hardcover) (2010), Ausgabe: 6, Gebundene Ausgabe, 768 Seiten
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The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (2009)

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  Lorem | Sep 28, 2015 |
As the follow-up to The Da Vinci Code, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is called upon by a man who claims to be the assistant to his teacher and friend, Peter Solomon. When it turns out that the man who had called, Mal'akh, was on a mission to find the legendary Masonic pyramid, a whole new plot unfolds to race Langdon and Solomon to unravel the mysteries that had been kept secret for hundreds of years. ( )
  KatelynC.G1 | Sep 11, 2015 |
"This is the first book by Dan Brown that I have ever read. I remember that it took me only a couple of days to finish it, mainly because I find Dan's writing style so clean and easy to read; sometimes it felt like I was watching the story unfold before my eyes instead of reading it. The Lost Symbol provides a very good story with consistent and believable characters.

Even though there are people that say that Dan's books do not make sense sometimes, I find that they make sense enough for a book which's aim is to entertain other than inform or educate. The pleasure of seeing Langdon solving mysteries again, using nothing more than his intelligence, was enough for me to keep reading. In all honesty, when I want to learn actual historical facts or complex concepts of physics, I will go and buy a technical book, not a novel.

The story revolves around complex topics as quantum physics, life after death, the existence of the human soul, not-so-orthodox religions and karma. However, all these are consistently connected with one another thus making the central story line cohesive and easy to read.

If you're not one of those ultra boring people which infest the world nowadays, you might find thrilling and even fun to accompany Langdon as he tries desperately to stop a narcissistic psychopath from killing what remains of his own family in search of what he thinks will finally make him perfect. I sure did.

Interesting quotes that I didn't include in the review:
Great minds are always feared by lesser minds.
To live in the world without becoming aware of the meaning of the world is like wandering about in a great library without touching the books.
The only difference between you and God is that you have forgotten you are divine.

The Last Passage
Unfortunately, the night had not gone as Andros had planned. Rather than obtaining the pyramid for which he had come, he found himself riddled with bird shot and fleeing across the snow-covered lawn toward the dense woods. To his surprise, behind him, Peter Solomon was giving chase, pistol glinting in his hand. Andros dashed into the woods, running down a trail along the edge of a deep ravine. Far below, the sounds of a waterfall echoed up through the crisp winter air. He passed a stand of oak trees and rounded a corner to his left. Seconds later, he was skidding to a stop on the icy path, narrowly escaping death.
My God!
Only feet in front of him, the path ended, plunging straight down into an icy river far below. The large boulder at the side of the path had been carved by the unskilled hand of a child.
" ( )
  AdemilsonM | Sep 2, 2015 |
Same old Dan Brown. I probably would have liked it much more had I not read the other two Robert Langdon sagas. What are the hidden meanings of these symbols? How many times can we barely escape in a 24 hour period? Are the Masons good or bad? Ancient secrets, ancient rituals, hidden rooms, etc., etc., .... Really, it is a good story if you are not suffering Langdon burnout. ( )
  TheresaCIncinnati | Aug 17, 2015 |
Gostei mas estava à espera de adorar o livro. Penso que o Dan Brown filosofa demasiado sobre algumas questões mais metafísicas no fim do livro em lugar de explorar outras hipóteses, acabando por se tornar um pouco vago.
O autor continua a ser um "page turner" muitíssimo eficaz com um twist interessante para o final que depois é concluído duma forma um pouco fraca.
Depois do Código Da Vinci vai ser difícil manter o padrão de expectativa igual, pois deveria gerar mais surpresa e se mantiver o género, apenas gera a vontade de terminar a história ( )
  bruc79 | Jul 31, 2015 |
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In the end, as with “The Da Vinci Code,” there’s no payoff. Brown should stop worrying about unfinished pyramids and worry about unfinished novels. At least Spielberg and Lucas gave us an Ark and swirling, dissolving humans. We don’t get any ancient wisdom that “will profoundly change the world as you know it” — just a lot of New Agey piffle about how we are the gods we’ve been waiting for. (And a father-son struggle for global domination, as though we didn’t get enough of that with the Bushes.)
There are moments of excitement in this skilfully edited, deeply implausible thriller. At times the suspense is prolonged rather than sustained, but the 500 pages turn steadily and the overall effect is entertaining and certainly family-friendly. The Lost Symbol is violent but remarkably chaste and devoid of profanity.
added by Shortride | editThe Age, Simon Caterson (Sep 19, 2009)
If you hate Dan Brown, you're going to hate this book.

It seems Brown has decided to irk his critics by repeating every flaw he's been accused of. ...

No, it's not Foucault's Pendulum. It doesn't even come close. However, if you liked Dan Brown's previous books you're likely to enjoy this one. There is some interesting trivia about the history of Washington, DC which is in fact true, which is an added bonus.
added by camillahoel | editRead And Find Out, Tom (Sep 17, 2009)
It’s true, his style is as baldly prosaic as legend, but there remains a heft to his potboilers that is hard to imitate. He is better at conveying claustrophobia and breathlessness than, say, the explosion of a top-secret lab (“fragments of titanium mesh . . . droplets of melted silicon” etc) but the latter will make a juicier scene come the inevitable Tom Hanks movie, and the author knows this.
added by Shortride | editThe Times, Andrew Collins (Sep 16, 2009)
As a thriller, "The Lost Symbol" is exciting, although readers of "The Da Vinci Code" will notice that some of the same stock characters and creaky plot devices pop up... As District of Columbia resident, I must say that Mr. Brown does a first-rate job of delivering a Cook's tour with duly sinister overtones of Washington's famous sites... It's when Mr. Brown interrupts his storytelling to deliver one of his many lectures on Christian ­intolerance—with pointed digs at the American ­religious right—that "The Lost Symbol" becomes a ­didactic bore.

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aware of the meaning of the world is
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The secret is how to die.
Neckties had been required six days a week when Langdon attended Phillips Exeter Academy, and despite the headmaster's romantic claims that the origin of the cravat went back to the silk fascalia worn by Roman orators to warm their vocal cords, Langdon knew that, etymologically, cravat actually derived from a ruthless band of "Croat" mercenaries who donned knotted neckerchiefs before they stormed into battle. To this day, this ancient battle garb was donned by modern office warriors hoping to intimidate their enemies in daily boardroom battles.
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The Lost Symbol is a masterstroke of storytelling—a deadly race through a real-world labyrinth of codes, secrets, and unseen truths all under the watchful eye of Brown's most terrifying villain to date. Set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol accelerates through a startling landscape toward an unthinkable finale.

The Capitol Building, Washington DC: Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon believes he is here to give a lecture. He is wrong. Within minutes of his arrival, a shocking object is discovered. It is a gruesome invitation into an ancient world of hidden wisdom.

When Langdon’s mentor, Peter Solomon – prominent mason and philanthropist – is kidnapped, Langdon realizes that his only hope of saving his friend’s life is to accept this mysterious summons.

It is to take him on a breathless chase through Washington’s dark history. All that was familiar is changed into a shadowy, mythical world in which Masonic secrets and never-before-seen revelations seem to be leading him to a single impossible and inconceivable truth.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0385504225, Hardcover)

Let's start with the question every Dan Brown fan wants answered: Is The Lost Symbol as good as The Da Vinci Code? Simply put, yes. Brown has mastered the art of blending nail-biting suspense with random arcana (from pop science to religion), and The Lost Symbol is an enthralling mix. And what a dazzling accomplishment that is, considering that rabid fans and skeptics alike are scrutinizing every word.

The Lost Symbol
begins with an ancient ritual, a shadowy enclave, and of course, a secret. Readers know they are in Dan Brown territory when, by the end of the first chapter, a secret within a secret is revealed. To tell too much would ruin the fun of reading this delicious thriller, so you will find no spoilers here. Suffice it to say that as with many series featuring a recurring character, there is a bit of a formula at work (one that fans will love). Again, brilliant Harvard professor Robert Langdon finds himself in a predicament that requires his vast knowledge of symbology and superior problem-solving skills to save the day. The setting, unlike other Robert Langdon novels, is stateside, and in Brown's hands Washington D.C. is as fascinating as Paris or Vatican City (note to the D.C. tourism board: get your "Lost Symbol" tour in order). And, as with other Dan Brown books, the pace is relentless, the revelations many, and there is an endless parade of intriguing factoids that will make you feel like you are spending the afternoon with Robert Langdon and the guys from Mythbusters.

Nothing is as it seems in a Robert Langdon novel, and The Lost Symbol itself is no exception--a page-turner to be sure, but Brown also challenges his fans to open their minds to new information. Skeptical? Imagine how many other thrillers would spawn millions of Google searches for noetic science, superstring theory, and Apotheosis of Washington. The Lost Symbol is brain candy of the best sort--just make sure to set aside time to enjoy your meal. --Daphne Durham

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