The Lost Symbol - review

Romba naala pending..Book mudichi oru varathuku mela adicihi..ithuku mela delay panna kathaiye maranthirum:))

Since i am in clients place i hardly check my office mails. Anniki mailbox clear panlaamnu solitu paatha..there was this 5 mb mail from my friend. Ennadanu paatha...Dan Brown's latest novel!!! Got soooooper excited. I've become a big fan of Mr.Brown after Angels n Demons and DVC. Have read all his 4 books released so far. Barring Deception point i liked all his other works very much including the somewhat mokkaier Digital Fortress. I have been waiting for this book ever since he set up that teaser in his site about KRYPTOS in the CIA compound which he said will figure prominently in this book.ok..now the book.

The Lost symbol in many ways is like a sequel to DVC. Robert Langdon, the symbologist, is the cheif protoganist/detective in this one also. And just like the other two books, he has a lady sidekick, who is asusual a brilliant scientist and pisthu in her field, which again is a field which no one would have heard of. And again in this book also, like DVC, he chases across the city (this time its US and more specifically Washington) to solve the almost unbreakable code (unbreakable for everyone else..almost is because of Langdon who can solve any cryptic code under the sun). Like DVC, the villain, in this book, is again a mainac, whose knowledge about the code which he wants to be broken is next to none and somehow he also believes that Robert is the one who can break it. Not even the holder of the secret!!

Kathaia pathi review podrennu solitu lineku line DVC pathi solrenenu paakareengala. Well..right from word go..the book reminded of DVC. Its almost as if Brown wanted to remake DVC or more specifically the success of DVC maybe!! There are so many similarities in the 2 stories that if you read them back to back, kumudamla vara mathiri 6 vidhyasangal kandupudika try panlaam :) Somehow i feel there is more to this book than just a repeat of DVC. Dan Brown ruffled more than one christian feather with his take on church and vatican's policies and his controversial "literary liberal" scoop on the life of Jesus Christ. As the book ended and when the Lost Symbol gets revealed in the end, i felt Brown has tried to smoothen some of those rough edges he created with his previous book.Oruvela Brown kita saraku theenthu poachonu kuda nadula doubt varuthu. "Sincere".."Withoutwax" reference Digital fortressla evlo cutea use paniruntharnu antha book padichavangaluku terinjirukum. Athey reference intha booklayum varuthu aana the author himself calls that book as mediocre. hmmm...oruvela athu DVC alavuku hit agalingarathalayo?

As for the Lost symbol as such, it falls flat on the main count - inspiration to read more. Though many might have not had much knowledge about the Grail phenomenon everyone would've atleast heard something or other about it. With so many stories abound, it stoked in curiosity to know what new Brown was weaving about the Grail and there were many firsts in DVC which made one rooted to it. But with Lost Symbol, there seems to be some desperation to live upto the mark set by the prequel. And moreover, how many ever number of times Ancient book of secrets gets mentioned in the book, it fails to dig in the curiosity. There are many places in the plot confuses paamara reader like me...kadisi page varaikum..Ancient knowledgengarathu..bookaa..symbola..ilaati vera ethaavathaanu ekkachakakma kozhapitu kadisila Biblenu mokkaiaya mudichirukaratha pathu kadupaadichi. I felt Brown himself was not sure what would make a rivetting climax and ended up with this option.oopss..kathaia soliteno :) Spoiler alert konjam latea potruken...munnadi irukara rendu line padikatheenga. There are so many references to India, vedas, upanishads, Bagavad gita and many more about our sages. Maybe to cater more to Indian audiences?? Is this book released only in the subcontinent? (en epo paru ipdi conspiracy pathiay yosikaren? book padicha epecto?)

Ithana negativesa..apo booka padikarathu wastea..?? Apdina..no. It makes a nice read but albeit not a compelling one. As a diehard Brown fan, i was more than a bit disappointed after finishing the book. But its not that bad either. Its slow to pickup but as the story gains momentum..it moves at a mindless breakneck speed. Before you get bored and throw away the book, Brown catches your eye and takes you through a lightening bolt of a journey and before you realise, you are nearing climax.

The story is about the prodigal son, who returns back to claim something which he believes,is rightfully his. Athula koothu enanna..halfway into the book he is actually given that secret and is requested to be the keeper. Apo venamnu solitu..kadisila athey secretkaga avanga appavaiye potu torture panraan. Avanga appa avan kita unmaia solama Brown kita matum solrar. Reason being, that guy wouldnt be able to comprehend the significance of the truth. Athu varaikum, Symbola irunthutu vantha code booka maararathum antha scenelenthu thaan. The Lost symbol, glorifies teh Masons like anything. Pakkathuku pakkam oru pathu thadavaiayavathu Masons pathi reference varuthu. But ithelaam erkanavay DVCla paadichutathaala avlo impressivea illa.

Avvvvvvv...vala valanu ivlo adichitena!! enanga panrathu..i was soooper excited on getting that book but felt almost cheated after reading it. I would recommend you guys to give this book a try and come out with how you feel about it. Maybe you might end up liking it. Aana enaku pudikala.

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Comments

athivas said…
:) Gils, epdi ipdi? detailed review...wikipediala plot summary padicha mathiri :P

Somehow, Dan brown and me never got well together. So, good or bad, it's still the same for me:D

Your language style is awesome, Gils! Keep writing!!
sanchapanzo said…
nee nallavan da...
evlo mokkayana book padichalum.. poruppa... evlo peria review ezhuthare paaru...
nee nallavan da..

surely it is high time.. you start reading better stuff.. he he..
kanagu said…
aiyayo.. mokkai aaiducha :((

naan romba expect pannitu irundhen.. neenga vera kadhaya solliteengale... :((
R-ambam said…
//P.S: Inniki gandhi jayanthi solitu Google logola gandhi padam poata Googleku special paaratukkal :) //

enga veetulayum the same excited..!

enakkum books kum romba distance bha..
gils: first things first.. we wished u were at teh blog meet..
i felt as though i was talking to u not reading ur post.. beats me how u can write like this :)
dan brow- i loved A& D and DVC but then im going with an open mind to read this book.. let me see how it turns out
G3 said…
Avv.. eppadi ungalaala soft copyla padikka mudiyudhu !! Somehow it doesnt suit for me.. i always like reading in hard copy only :)
Annam said…
gils u padichifying a lottttttttt??????
Annam said…
R-ambam said...
//P.S: Inniki gandhi jayanthi solitu Google logola gandhi padam poata Googleku special paaratukkal :) //

enga veetulayum the same excited..!

enakkum books kum romba distance bha..
///////////////

neenga namma kootaniya....periyaala varuvom:P
Vidya said…
Very cool. I think I too will read the book!
gils said…
//...wikipediala plot summary padicha mathiri :P//

hehehe...nanni nanni

//omehow, Dan brown and me never got well together. So, good or bad, it's still the same for me:D//

hmmm..u R missing something athivasi madam...angels n demons is a must read and so is DVC..
gils said…
@asatu sancha:

poda goyya :) una vida mokka onumila...calvin n hobbes documentarylaam radiola kekara alavuku

@kanagu:
saaariba..spoiler alert potrunthene :D :D hehee
gils said…
/
enakkum books kum romba distance bha..//

en ungaluku vellezhatha?? :D :D

@ajcl:

//we wished u were at teh blog meet..//

boohoo :((( unga pechelaam kaa
xcept chotu ofcourse :)
//dan brow- i loved A& D and DVC but then im going with an open mind to read this book.. let me see how it turns out//

ivlo kathai soliten..ithkaprum unbiaseda padika mudiyuma?? :D try panni parunga..would love to hear a different opinion
gils said…
//!! Somehow it doesnt suit for me.. i always like reading in hard copy only :)//

vera vazhi ila :( hard copy kedaika matenguthay..naan ena panarthu

@pikkaaalee:

//gils u padichifying a lottttttttt??????///

che che...only kathai books
gils said…
@vids:
// I think I too will read the book!/

sooraaha..padichitu solu epdirunthichinu :) aana enakenamo nee 100 page thaandamaatanu thonuthu :D
gils said…
seriously..i feel its high time i changed my taste for books...verum adventure thriller detective stuff matumay padikarathala my options get limited to a very narrow section...but i hate those which preach about life...konjam joiviala irukara mathiri books iruntha recommend maadi..wud love to read comedies..
Divyapriya said…
எங்களுக்கெல்லாம் அனுப்பாம இன்னும் என்ன பண்ணிட்டு இருக்கீங்க? முதல்ல அந்த மெயில forward பண்ணுங்க...
gils said…
:) sure..still the kaa continues
Srivats said…
hoi modhalla anuppuda . Ennada evlo periya review, konjam padichen adhukku mela padikkala i dont want to know anything before starting the book.

But I was told the story has been made to apeal for US audiancennu so he might have just remade the dvc nnu nenaikaren :)

Enna panradhu avarum evlonnu ezudhuvar sollu hehe, but this guy knows the ways of a good page turner da
Srivats said…
//P.S: Inniki gandhi jayanthi solitu Google logola gandhi padam poata Googleku special paaratukkal :) //

Obama sonna apparum gandhi romba popular ayittar pola
gils said…
//But I was told the story has been made to apeal for US audiancennu so he might have just remade the dvc nnu nenaikaren :)//

uhumm..enakenmo vatican appease panna ezhuthina mathiri iruku
gils said…
//Obama sonna apparum gandhi romba popular ayittar pola//

yup...looks like :)
Sundari said…
Naanum book vandha udana vangi padi padinu padichean :(
Poga poga enatha thanda thedareenganu ageduchu..kadaisila Dan Brown confuse agi bible nu solitaronudha thonuchu....

//i felt Brown has tried to smoothen some of those rough edges he created with his previous book.//
adhaedhannn...
Sundari said…
@G3

//Avv.. eppadi ungalaala soft copyla padikka mudiyudhu !! Somehow it doesnt suit for me.. i always like reading in hard copy only :)//

DVC, Angels n Demons ellam pdf la padichutu..supera irukaenu poi hard copy vanguenan...aarva kolarula..Lost symbol book vangi padichen....mmm sari ella..pesama pdf layae padichu irukalam
gils said…
//Naanum book vandha udana vangi padi padinu padichean :(
Poga poga enatha thanda thedareenganu ageduchu..kadaisila Dan Brown confuse agi bible nu solitaronudha thonuchu....//

same blud :) oru ideavay ilama kozhapita pola iruku
gils said…
//aarva kolarula..Lost symbol book vangi padichen....mmm sari ella..pesama pdf layae padichu irukalam//

ithuku thaan naanga riskay edukarathilla..directa pdf..pudicha hard copy :D
Vidya said…
Enna nakkala, naan veri vantha madiri book padippen! 200 pages thandiduven..solliten!
gils... can u send the soft copy book to me too?
gils said…
//Enna nakkala, naan veri vantha madiri book padippen! 200 pages thandiduven..solliten//

LOL :)) paaapom

@iron horse:

sure...mail id?
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