Thursday, 3 October 2013
What Turns Your Page? Dan Brown?
I do like a good thriller filled with suspense but Dan Brown's latest, "Inferno", is not doing it for me. I enjoyed very much, "The Da Vinci Code" because it was so different but his later books increasingly follow too much of a formula, although they are well-researched. Several of our book club ladies enthused about this one, so I am giving it a go. I have read about 3/4 and have enjoyed it so far as an art history lesson, with my i-pad at my side and the wonderful Google Images as an instant manifestation of Brown's evocative descriptions of art works in Florence and Venice. However, the plot is too straightforward and I do frown at the red herring of our hero suffering from amnesia, a silly device here, I feel, and although the pace is hotting up (yawn), I have never found stories which depend on the main characters constantly on the run from the bad guys to be very gripping. (I have found a soul-mate in one of our lady columnists who, when reviewing an action film asked, "Am I the only female who falls asleep during a car chase?"). Also, it seems to me to be heading for a predictable ending and why would the bad guy leave so many clues which would enable his scheme to be defeated? On the other hand, we all have to read a Douglas Kennedy for Book Club this month. He comes highly recommended although I am ashamed to say I had not heard of him before. I got "The Job", about the cut-throat world of the Advertising industry in Manhattan. I was quickly appalled by the hectic pace of the high-fliers in the first couple of chapters, but I can't wait to see what happens to the central character, who so far has bounced back from the massive ups and downs of his career. He is a salesman - a breed which has always fascinated me (something I could never be myself) and so I need to understand what makes him tick. Considering what has happened to him so far, I am amazed that he has not offed himself (I would have). I shall also finish "The Inferno", it's been good for my general knowledge and anyway, I want to see if I have guessed correctly about the end.