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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Dan Brown's Inferno - Perfect with Pasta and Merlot!

            Dan Brown’s latest novel: Inferno delivers an intriguing mix of art, history, suspense and drama. Set in Italy (at least for the bulk of the novel) the story begins with Dr. Robert Langdon awakening in a strange Italian hospital with no memory of how he got there or why there is a spiky-haired leather-clad woman hell-bent on killing him. With the help of a beautiful and brilliant young doctor; Dr. Langdon manages to escape and slowly begin putting the pieces of his last few days together. Armed with precious few physical clues, vague images of a silver-haired woman standing beside a blood-red river filled with corpses, and a quickly gathering group of unknown persons attempting to capture or kill him – the adventure begins.

            As with Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code; Dan Brown weaves a tale using clues hidden in and around famous literature, artwork and architecture. I found the story more interesting than his most recent: The Lost Symbol, but not nearly as engrossing as The Da Vinci Code. But if you are looking for a story that will entertain you, teach you some interesting history, and leave you mostly-guessing to the very end – try this one! Grab a cup of cappuccino (or a nice merlot,) enjoy a great pasta dinner, and then pick up this book to enjoy during your carbohydrate crash! And if you have a computer or tablet –keep it handy so you can take a peek at the venues and other works it references.

            And don’t forget that the library currently has a Quickread copy of this title as well as more copies available for regular hold. We can also help you find a great pasta recipe if you want to try something slightly more authentic than boxed pasta and sauce from a jar J

Review by Diana McCarthy, Falkland Community Librarian

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