Not everyone is a Dan Brown fan, but I think many forget that his novels are FICTION! There is just a germ of possible truth in them that makes you think. I am of the opinion that whatever makes you actually think is a good thing. I take notes when I read his novels (the word “novel” also indicates that it is fiction). There are many names and places, art works, buildings, monuments and architectural styles that fire my imagination. I look them up in the dictionary, online, in my art history textbook to get more information. I am a little more informed by reading Dan Brown. Is that blasphemy? I think not. One is never too old to learn something new. So I say to you Dan Brown haters, lighten up. His novels are fun. I ought to know because I have read them all. The author is not trying to change anyone’s mind about religion, philosophy or science. His purpose is to entertain. But they do, however, contain a few history lessons.
Here is what I have learned from his latest, “Origin”. The theme is a controversial one.(what else is new) – Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? I have an entire page of things to check out – because they are so interesting, and they are actual places, etc. Here are my notes:
- Pesseig de Gracia
- Islesia Catolica Palmariana – La Islesia Oscura
- Pope Gregory XV11??
- Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain
- Antoni Gaudi – “God’s Architect”
- Park Guell
- Basilica de la Sagrada Familia 1882 – Tallest church in world
- Casa Milia 1906
- La Pedera
- Carlist Movement
- Almudena Cathedral in Madrid
- Friedrick Nietzsche “The Peacock and the Buffalo”
- 275 poems about God, death and the human mind
- The Complete Works of William Blake – check out page 163
- “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell”
- Paul Gauguin painting that is entitled
- “D’ou Venons Nous/Que Sommes Nous/Ou Allons Nous”
- Newborn baby/people of different ages doing a variety of things/”strange white bird” sits beside an elderly woman representing what the artist says represents “the futility of words”
The Other Thing – Nineteen and I still have 161 pages to read. Doesn’t something here peak your interest?