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The Lost Symbol

I usually don’t write about book I didn’t finish, but I fell like writing about this one. The only unfinished book I wrote in this blog is Houses Without Doors by Peter Straub.

When I borrowed The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (fortunately I borrowed this instead of buying it),I was expecting to find the same excitement as The Da Vinci Code & Angels and Demons. I really like those 2 books because the thrill, the suspense and the sense of urgency can be transparently felt.  Unfortunately, The Lost Symbol is more like Digital Fortress. I couldn’t finish Digital Fortress because he made the thrill linger on up to the point of boredom. The Lost symbol was also like that, it lingered too long. I know that Brown was trying to make it as something full of mystery, but somewhere in between that forced mystery bored me out.

On the first 100 pages, I can feel the excitement as Langdon was deceived to come to Washington and then found his friend’s mutilated arm inside The Capitol Building. At the same time, Katherine (Langdon’s friend’s sister) was being chased by the same man that deceived Langdon. The CIA was also breathing down Langdon’s neck.

However, in the next 200 pages, things became too boring. They kept on saying about the ancient mystery that will change the civilization and bla bla bla.  On and on and on about you need to see it with open eyes and stuff. Everyone was trying to be mysterious. It was too much and felt like Brown was forcing non-mysterious things to sound so mysterious. All the shared theory of Masonic was also boring.

Maybe he should stick with Christianity. I know that Jesus had no child (both Christian and Islam claimed that Jesus had no child) but the way Brown turned it into fiction was really interesting. He revealed the secrets without prolonging it to the next 100 pages. In the Lost symbol, the thrill was gone the minute Langdon escaped from CIA.

I read the book up to page 300something and then skimmed all through till page 400something. On page 449, I had enough…I rather used my time to read something else.

I saw some people gave 5stars to this book and only few gave 1 star like me…let’s just say this book is not for me.

After reading (although unfinished) 2 boring books by Dan Brown, I don’t know if I can face another book by him in the future. But I still want to reread The Da Vinci Code one day as I love Silas’ character very much (He made it into my all time favorite book characters).

Book Details:

Title: The Lost Symbol
Author: Dan Brown
Language: Indonesian (Original language: English, translated by Ingrid Dwijanni)
Pages: 705 pages
Publisher: Bentang Pustaka
Challenge: No Challenge because I couldn’t finish it.

Now…I want to ease my mind by reading a book by my most favorite author who hasn’t completely failed me yet (his works aren’t always great but I haven’t read his bad ones yet.)


About Novroz

I actively maintained 2 blogs. My personal blog is about things that I love: Turtles, Books, Movies, Music, Larc en Ciel, Muse, Cillian Murphy, The Mighty Boosh and many more. I also help my 3 super cute turtles, Kroten, Papoe and Kurome, to maintain their own blog: http://kamekroten.wordpress.com

6 comments on “The Lost Symbol

  1. Asop
    March 26, 2011

    Ouch, saya belom pernah sama sekali baca buku karangan Dan Brown…. 😦

    • Novroz
      March 26, 2011

      Kalo gitu…hindarilah buku yang ini 😉
      Buat saya Da Vinci Code buku paling kerennya dia

  2. Caroline
    March 31, 2011

    Odd, I didn’t see this review… I don’t like Dan Brown at all was even bored by The Da Vinci Code so I’m pretty sure I can skip this one. You really had hopes it would get better or you wouldn’t have managed to read 300 pages!

    • Novroz
      March 31, 2011

      Maybe because I posted too many post at at short time 😉
      If someone who likes Da Vinci Code could skip this book, I bet you can’t not even get through the first 10pages out of boredom.

      Yeah, I was expecting it to rise up again and step out of the boring zone…but finally gave up.

  3. Fariz
    March 31, 2011

    -___- i just had this as a birthday gift from my friends…….

    • Novroz
      March 31, 2011

      Happy Birthday Fariz 🙂
      Well, don’t let this review let you down…you might like it as many people gave it 5 stars in goodreads.com.
      It just wasn’t for me.

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