Origin by Dan Brown #BookReview
Will God survive science?
Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum 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.
Amazing! Mind-boggling! Simple and logical! Everything I expected it to be and more! A classic Dan Brown! As usual, Robert Langdon’s adventures don’t leave us high and dry. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this new Robert Langdon adventure. Origin is a very interesting novel, trying to solve a very interesting dilemma while running for their lives.
Extremely interesting beginning, slowly building up to a bestseller for sure. We get a taste of an imminent scientific revelation. A clash between Creation and Evolution; Religion and Science seem to go head to head. But do they?
Very modern, current, with chapters that resemble a breaking news release, you fly through the pages and find yourself in a world of discovery. Filled with art and artistic philosophy, we learn a lot about some great artists and their relationship with nature and religion.
Gaudi’s Barcelona becomes the focal point, as we follow Langdon and Ambra, the future Queen of Spain in their race to the achieve their goal. Interesting portrayal of the religious figures and their understanding of the need for a change in today’s world.
Even though you think you might know the ending, as usual, Dan Brown succeeds in masking it till the very end, leaving Robert and the reader just as flabbergasted. Of course, we need to decipher codes and find meaning in surprising places.
We get the Royal family of Spain involved and learn from Spain’s history along the way. The power and influence of the Catholic Church and its reaches are also important. Conspiracy and betrayal, love and secrets all over the place.
“Langdon smiled. Typical. ‘Well, science and religion are not competitors, They’re two different languages trying to tell the same story. There is room in this world for both.’”
But the book is about much more. And much simpler ideas. Its simplicity is what makes it hard to believe even. It’s about the known battle between Creationism and Evolution; and its Solution. The answers to the most pressing questions: Where do we come from? and Where are we going?. Beautifully presented in a work of fiction that feels very real. And yet, the underlying issue is true.
Philosophical questions, with scientific answers, and simple truths. Glad I could read such an amazing work.
The main idea of the revelation presented here can be found in other works as well. Some I have read and found amazing. Check this review as well. Though the spectacular way Robert Langdon reaches the answers is just superb.
The book is about a changing world trying to find its way. It’s about evolving and adapting and learning. About the past and the future as well. Groundbreaking and awesome! A topic very much present and alive in the collective consciousness of today (and tomorrow).
It doesn’t want to shatter beliefs, but rather help better understand them, and understand the world we live in. That’s whether we like it or not. And the increasingly powerful presence of technology in our lives today is ever more interestingly portrayed.
Definitely, a must-read for Dan Brown fans, also the rest will love it too. It’s for the religious, and the atheists alike. Let me know what you think of it. Can’t wait to see the movie!