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Posted May 3, 2010
This comprehensive guide to The Lost Symbol really explains a lot about the decisions Dan Brown made in his plotting of the novel. Alex Carmine's argument that Dan Brown is following the theory of The Hero's Journey makes a lot of sense in the context in the novel, and in this light, a great deal of the plot becomes a lot more profound and perverse (in a good way). Although The Lost Symbol has got a bit of a lukewarm reception at the moment, I am confident that through Alex Carmine's expert critique, readers will begin to appreciate a lot more of the complexity that Dan Brown has built into it. Just as The Empire Strikes Back took a while to emerge from the shadow of Star Wars: A New Hope, so I'm sure that via Alex Carmine's interpretation, The Lost Symbol will soon be seen as Dan Brown's most mature achievement in the wake of The Da Vinci Code. Alex Carmine's book is certainly the most serious literary analysis ever undertaken of Dan Brown's work, and is undeniably the most rewarding due to this. Since Alex's book contains a chapter-by-chapter analysis of The Lost Symbol, it's very easy to dip into while reading Dan Brown's novel. Alex Carmine is also a very witty and entertaining guide, who pokes fun at Dan Brown's mistakes as well as pointing out his many successes.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.