Wednesday, June 5, 2013

ZenTiger Dan Brown's Inferno gets a gentle roasting

A hilarious review of Dan Brown's "Inferno". Well, more like a gentle roasting, and it comes out "well done", something rare in this medium:
The critics said his writing was clumsy, ungrammatical, repetitive and repetitive. They said it was full of unnecessary tautology. They said his prose was swamped in a sea of mixed metaphors. For some reason they found something funny in sentences such as “His eyes went white, like a shark about to attack.” They even say my books are packed with banal and superfluous description, thought the 5ft 9in man. He particularly hated it when they said his imagery was nonsensical. It made his insect eyes flash like a rocket.
The whole article is well worth a read. Meanwhile, it brings back my memories of a conversation with some-one on Catholicism. As the conversation moved further and further away from reality I ended up exclaiming "Your view of Catholicism seems entirely founded on the Da Vinci code".

"Oh, but it is", he replied earnestly. "It's all true".

2 comment(s):

Lindalee Smith said...

I'm trying to read it for some reason. I have to say I did enjoy Angels and Demons as a who dunnit. But of course a priest was the bad guy.

The descriptions of Florence are holding the whole thing up. I don't understand why the heroine lady doctor is bald and wears a wig!! (Weird idea for a book).

Its theme seems to belong more to the fears of the 1970s. That we are all going to suffer terrible wars and deaths because of overpopulation (he needs to read Jacqueline Kasun!).

Of course the Church is the enemy as they follow the family planning heros into Africa and take away the condoms by threatening hellfire to those who use them. (Weird !!!).

I think he believes what he writes. But silly people do take their 'knowledge' from novels, movies and TV stories. We have given our minds away to experts and entertainment.

ZenTiger said...

I've read most, if not all his books. As fiction, I thought they were OK (I took the time to read more than 1 after all), but nothing special.

It is fascinating though to see just how much people turn fiction into fact when discussing the books with others.

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