Dan Brown has that wonderful knack of a novelist of antagonising both sides of an argument! His books are always controversial, not so much because of what he writes but because he is dealing with issues that certain establishment bodies feel is their own purview; it is not for Brown to mess with the Masses minds – that is their job! His books polarise opinion and he is liked and hated in almost equal measure, which in my opinion is no bad thing for a novelist. Some say his books are puerile, lacking depth and poor characterisation yet still have a huge following, so he can’t be doing all that badly! He has the knack of getting under the skin of peoples’ beliefs and therefore generates acres of column inches which is pure gold to him in advertising.
Anyway, as I seem to be getting close to antagonising with my own interpretation, I will get on with what the book is about!
The ‘Inferno’ referred to is that described by Dante in his epic poem “Devine Comedy” about the decent into Hell. Yet in itself this is a bit of a sideline to the actual story which begins with Brown’s usual hero Dr Langdon waking in hospital with no recollection of what happened and where he is. The medical staff talking over him are speaking Italian, which as his last recollection was being in America seems a tad strange. As he is waking and asking questions an attempt is made on his life by a gunman forcing their way into the room, killing the doctor and trying to kill Langdon.