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O Símbolo Perdido by Dan Brown
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Apr 08, 2018

did not like it

** spoiler alert ** No one reads Dan Brown for the quality of his prose or the company of his Wikipedia Everyman Robert Langdon. So when the whip-crack pacing and crankish conspiracy theory is off the boil, what do you focus on? The heroine.

Spare a thought for Dr Katherine Solomon, the most qualified character in the book, who is at the absolute forefront of research into her cutting edge branch of science. She’s always having something explained to her by a middle aged man. She’s constantly in peril or needing to be rescued. Her female lab assistant - who has to ask a favour from a sex pest, because she needs a man to help her out with a computer thing - is probably the only other person in the book who could understand the frustration of having intelligence and independence, but no agency. Only she’s drowned in ethanol early doors and left to be found on top a giant squid. It’s a fitting metaphor.

The plot concludes a good 50 pages before the book concludes, leaving a tedious dinner party’s worth of mansplaining.

Robert Langdon died and I gave zero shits. And then he returned to life and picked up exactly where he had left off.

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Reading Progress

April 1, 2018 – Started Reading
April 1, 2018 – Shelved
April 8, 2018 – Finished Reading

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