Dan Brown is a genius whose insights will save the world from itself. The critics laughed at him, but we know what they did to Christopher Columbus, Homer Simpson, and Ron Hubbard. Yes, they laughed at them too.
They aren’t laughing now
As the world-renowned comedian Bob Monkhouse said: “when I was growing up, I said I wanted to be a comedian. They laughed at me then. They aren’t laughing now.”
To avoid plot spoiling
To avoid plot spoiling, I will offer only the broadest outline of what happens. The central character is “the eminent Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon”, hero of earlier books including the best-selling Da Vinci code.
Langdon, accompanied by the young medical doctor Sienna Brooks (IQ 208) face and solve numerous puzzles and threats on their lives mostly in and under the historic architecture of Florence. The threats in this “breathless race-against-time thriller” also produce philosophic dilemmas for the reader who is able to pause for breath long enough to contemplate them.
Cracking the code
Mr Brown has cracked the code of producing a best-seller. But I have cracked his code, deeply hidden in the text of his latest block-buster. You will need to study each page carefully before you will see the symbolism.
Brown is creating magical new usages of the English language. At first the results are unfamiliar enough to invite scorn from the critics, the scholars blinded by their own expectations. There is the playful use of adjectives, deliberate parodies on pulp fiction writing in descriptions of cathedrals and cupolas, museums and mausoleums. From these cleverly concealed clues we see the workings of genius intent on concealing what needs to be concealed – the secret of writing a best-seller.
Where’s the sex and violence?
Another part of the secret is to break away from the increasing pornographication of the novel. There is the acknowledged sexiness of Sienna Brooks but not a lot of sex. There are quite a few violent deaths, fifty shades of gore you might say, but no extremes.
Don’t listen to the critics
My advice is “don’t listen to the critics”. Borrow a copy of Inferno from a friend who will be happy to pass it on to spread the Brownian message. Study it with eyes wide open and strangely you will see the secrets concealed in its 461 pages printed on forest certified paper.
This post was guest edited by Dr John Keane of Urmston University