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Origin: A Novel by Dan Brown

Origin: A Novel (edition 2018)

by Dan Brown (Author)

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Look, it’s Dan Brown. You know what you are getting into here. It’s going to be a big time religious conspiracy. But it’s also a lot of fun to read. ( )
  chrisodva | Jun 16, 2019 |
Loved reading this. I read it over two nights, which felt fast considering this is a big book. As with all the other Robert Langdon books, I love how it teaches me new things, in this case about the art world in Spain, and all the amazing architecture there. The buildings he described sound amazing, and I never new they existed. There is also his trademark religion and conspiracies. I didn't guess the ending, but I wasn't that surprised either. This book was pure fun to read. ( )
1 vote readingover50 | Jun 11, 2019 |
2019, fiction, suspense, technology, Robert Langdon, Spain, God, science, ( )
  read4thefunofit | Jun 6, 2019 |
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 And regurgitation of animosity between science and religion is several centuries out of date (at best).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…


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 |
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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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