There are two kinds of readers, the one who are loyal fans of Dan Browns books and then the one who won’t even go close to them. I am the former. I was waiting for the release date of Origin and on the very same day I was in the bookshop to buy it.
Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.
As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.
Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace itself… and who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch. On a trail marked by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery… and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us.
While I was reading the book I couldn’t stop imagining Tom Hanks as professor Langdon, maybe here I have to mention that I hope Tom Hanks will be back for the Origin adaptation. I just can’t imagine someone else to be in the role of the professor…it just wouldn’t be the same.
What I like most about Dan Browns books including Origin is that the books are based in different cities across the world and Langdon never really spends much time in one city. Origin takes place in four places in Spain – Bilbao, Seville, Madrid and Barcelona. I love Spain and that’s one of the reasons I couldn’t wait to read this book.
As we know in every book, Langdon is after discovering a huge secret and this book isn’t any exception. The professor try’s to find the answers of the fundamental question of human existence – Where did we come from? Where we are going? It’s thrilling enough to make you read the book in less than 3 days (that’s how long it took me). It’s entertaining and you just can’t leave the book for too long.
After I read it I have to admit that maybe it’s not one of his best but still it covers every angle which can make a book a worldwide bestseller. I even have the feeling that before Dan Brown wrote it, he made a list or two about the topics that will help sell a book today and then he included all of them in the book.
As a conclusion if you are a Dan Brown fan, buy this book, you won’t regret it!