- Hardcover: 480 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday (Oct. 3 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385514239
- ISBN-13: 978-0385514231
- Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 4 x 24.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 780 g
- Average Customer Review: 368 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Origin: A Novel Hardcover – Oct 3 2017
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"Fans of The Da Vinci Code rejoice! Professor Robert Langdon is again solving the mysteries of the universe."
"A brisk new book that pits creationism against science, and is liable to stir up as much controversy as The Da Vinci Code did. In Origin, the brash futurist Edmond Kirsch comes up with a theory so bold, so daring that, as he modestly thinks to himself in Brown’s beloved italics, “It will not shake your foundations. It will shatter them.” Kirsch is of course addressing The World, because that’s the scale on which Brown writes. Brown and serious ideas: they do fit together, never more than they have in Origin."
–-Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"Origin asks the questions Where do we come from? Where are we going? They are questions about humanity--but they could just as easily be questions about Robert Langdon. The Mickey Mouse watch-wearing, claustrophobic, always-near-trouble symbology professor is back in Dan Brown’s latest book. And just like he was in his original exploits (Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code), Dr. Langdon is once again wrapped up in a global-scale event that could have massive ramifications on the world’s religions. As he does in all his novels, Brown[‘s] extensive research on art, architecture, and history informs every page."
"Entertaining . . . Loyal fans of his globetrotting symbologist Robert Langdon will no doubt be thrilled with the fifth book in the series."
"Dan Brown is once again taking on the big questions: God and science and the future of the world. Origin is a familiar blend of travelogue, history, conspiracies and whodunit, with asides on everything from the poetry of William Blake to the rise and fall of fascism in Spain."
"The bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code is back with a new book that looks to the future. Origin features many of Brown’s signature themes. An evil, Catholic-adjacent cult, in this case the Palmarian Church, is behind some murders. Gems from art history are the key to solving the mystery. [And] if the reader is in it for the thrill and the twist, the faithful will be glad to hear that there’s a Da Vinci Code-esque background to Robert Langdon’s mission."
--The New Republic
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Dan Brown is the author of numerous #1 international bestsellers, including The Da Vinci Code, Inferno, The Lost Symbol, Angels & Demons, Deception Point, and Digital Fortress.See all Product description
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It's an astonishing, logical and rather revealing novel - unless you are absolutely brain-washed by religious institution (not belief, note the difference!). Origin is a must read.
Ursula Tillmann, author of Undressing Shadows and Plato in the Mountains
The book provides much food for thought and argument about philosophy, morality, ethics and beliefs. It is filled with references to cutting edge computer technology, religion, physics, chemistry and math. It is still very readable with complicated ideas clearly explained. For a modern novel there is almost no sex or coarse language.
I did not like the fact that so many chapters ended with a cliffhanger and the following chapter switched to other characters at different sites. If this was a build up to induce maximum suspense I wasn't feeling it on an emotional level, and frequent chases and escapes became wearisome. I do enjoy his books more than the movies on which they are based.
Ps. I early suspected that the amiable Winston might be a distant cousin of that smooth talking HAL
The book is well written, and is a easy read. What I always liked about Dan Brown is that the chapters in his books are always short. Which makes it easy for me to read. I can knock off a couple chapters easy before bed. Also this story clips along at a good pace, and doesn't drag at any point in the story. Also the book touches on quit a few themes, and issues that are pretty relevant in the west today.
Out of the five Robert Langdon books released so far I would rank this book in at my 3rd favorite.
There's something about Brown, though. Even when you know you're reading a clichéd plot arc, you still keep reading. There's enough neat stuff in there, in the way of esoteric art & history, to give you the occasional jolt of satisfaction.
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