Like every other person I know, I will not compare this book to any of Dan Brown's earlier books. A book is an entity in itself. Doesn't seem fair to compare.
To start off, the plot is very uninspiring. It changes course as the book progresses. Starts off beautifully and becomes very lack-luster towards the latter half of the book. The pace of the book, overall, is also quite slow.
I am an information-junkie! I know there is a legion of us people out there. Take it from me, this book is a dream come true for us! That's where the book wins, for me. It is loaded with soooooo much information; I spent more time on Google than actually reading the book! It leaves you craving for more. No wonder it took me so long to finish it.
Another facet about the book I really liked was that it felt so much like a travelogue. A Beautiful, albeit lengthy narration of some of the most intriguing cities in the world (2 of which were already among my favorites!). I was enraptured by a sense of the unknown, the mystery of it all. I could imagine myself walking along the corridors of Florence, spellbound by the beauty and mystique of the place. The true essence of the book, I believe, will be appreciated a lot more by the people who have been to the places mentioned in the book. I made do with imagination, for now.
I have so much to say about this book. To begin with, I cannot imagine my life without my parents.It made me realize how great my parents really are. Took me back to my childhood and realize how my parents have honed me to be the person I am today. May be I was not appreciative of them, then. May be I am still not. But I do realize that a large part of who I am is solely because of them.
This book shows the angst of a man who desperately wanted to live, for the sake of his family and his children. A man, who had a zest for life. But whose journey unfortunately ended too soon.
I will admit that I approached the book with a fair bit of skepticism. I was unsure of how it would be. May be it will be a dying man's chronicle of his life's exploits. May be it would be like the countless soppy movies that we have all seen. I was certain that I would not connect with it.
It is been a while since I have read a non-fiction book. I was a little apprehensive about this one too. But, a friend insisted that I must definitely not miss it. In just 30 odd pages, I was convinced of my friend’s reasons for insisting that I read this book. After every 10 lines, I would shut the book and just keep wondering about how someone could echo so much of what goes on inside my head, every day, every minute. Even more surprising and, of course, reassuring is the fact that the person concurring with me is the COO of Facebook.