Love him or hate him, one thing that you cannot afford to do is ignore Dan Brown. The man who topped bestseller charts with The Da Vinci Code has taken a of flak with his latest work, Inferno (which we reviewed here and others reviewed here), but seems as popular as ever with readers, who have been queuing to purchase the book, which some of our bookselling sources tell us has been selling as briskly as the Harry Potter series in its prime.
Mind you, it is not exactly a super slim volume – at 500-plus pages, it can take some reading. However, if you are looking to get a quick feel of the book, then John Crace of The Guardian has done just that, compressing the entire book into about 600 words. And he has done so with tongue firmly in cheek. Check out this passage in the very beginning:
“You’ve been shot,” a woman said. He looked up to see a lissome figure with gentle brown eyes that held a profundity of experience rarely encountered in someone of her age. “I’m Sienna Brooks. A doctor. We have to get you out of here. Someone is trying to kill you.”
“Why would anyone want to do that?” he asked.
“Because they read The Da Vinci Code.”
And so it goes. And the remarkable thing is that it actually gives you a sense of the book. And a fit of giggles as well. Go right ahead and read the summary here.