catarina_gato's review against another edition
- Plot- or character-driven? Plot
- Strong character development? No
- Loveable characters? N/A
- Diverse cast of characters? No
- Flaws of characters a main focus? No
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lasesana's review against another edition
Maybe because I personally researched Dante’s Inferno last year for an unrelated project, I felt that Brown’s links and ways of incorporating the classic work into the novel could have been done better. It could have also been done worse.
Brown uses a pretty transparent tool of metafiction by ending the book with the exact same word as Dante ends the three parts of his Divine Comedy. However, I have to admit that even though Brown is a bit heavy-handed with this device, I smiled when I read it. I felt complicit with the writer, which is kind of the goal of this device, to make you feel like you and the writer are sharing something that others may not have caught if they were not as bright or observant or well-read. Again, a bit heavy-handed, because he mentions it several times in the book, but demonstrates a clear concern, awareness, and evolution of style on the part of the writer.
Even though Brown has been criticized for “his overwriting, his overuse of clichés, his paper-thin characterizations, and his impenetrably murky plots,” his books are still enjoyable, easy to read, and entertaining. This book in particular shows how Brown is progressing as a writer in terms of style and structure.
Read my full review: http://bit.ly/14f6aOG
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bibliophilecharms's review against another edition
This book really left me shaken. Dan really has made some controversial remarks based on some conspiracies and the most annoying part is that I can't fully trust them (I did my fair share of research over internet) tho I want to but thw thing is it's already been in controversy since decades. And, not to forget that according to Dan this book is 99% true. He believes it. So, I'm just in lost in between.
For me this book started great and ended on a good note too. But, in the middle it really got annoying and I was literally
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