Monday, November 18, 2013

The answer is...

...Inferno, by Dan Brown. Boticelli's work, which I referenced in my last post, figures heavily in the novel. I was so thankful for the internet and how easily I could pull up the work as I read along.

Actually, I have finished reading Inferno but I don't want to discuss it too much. My mom and I read it together and haven't yet met as a book club of 2, so I will keep my comments brief and under the category of "why I liked the book."

Reason 1: The chapters are very short! I love reading before I go to sleep at night but as someone who likes to read full chapters, I often skip reading because I know I can't make it through a chapter before I fall asleep. I never had a problem finishing a chapter.

Reason 2: Compared to Brown's other novels (Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code) this one felt much more focused. Of course, this could be my own perception but I felt I could follow the plot and research works of art and still keep the trajectory of the novel. Angels and Demons, to contrast, made me feel as if I was spiraling out of control.

Reason 3: It exposed me to Dante - I really wish it would have worked for me to take a class on The Divine Comedy in college.

Reason 4: It had quite the thought provoking ending. I still don't know what to think about it, and I like that.

Reason 5: The novel was a quick and easy read. Let's face it, after a long day, sometimes that is all the reading I can handle.

Speaking of thought provoking, I am currently reading Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In. I am finding it as much of a page-turner as Brown's novel. Huh. I'll report back later.

And finally, I have entered the wonderful world of the very smart iphone 5s. I love it! I am hoping it will help me take more pictures and add them to the blog. Unfortunately, that is not the case in the this post but I will hopefully have some wonderful pictures from our vacation and Thanksgiving.