A Review of “The Origin” by Dan Brown
I have a persistent complaint with Dan Brown. He always sticks to the same formula of Robert Langdon being ushered into a mysterious death, followed by a high action chase across the country and a clever dramatic reveal of some ulterior motive behind these deaths. Yet, I always pick up a Dan Brown novel when I see one for I can hardly resist the allure of his meticulous descriptions. This time in particular re-reading the origin is an added pleasure because this time professor Robert Langdon is racing against time in Spain to help release Edmond Kirsch’s prophetic revelation about the future and genesis of humanity.
Like the other books in the Robert Langdon series, religion and science are again at odds with each other. Edmond Kirsch is an American tech-mogul who has discovered the answers to some of the most fundamental questions of life, “Where do we come from?” and “Where are we going?”.
Right from the time Neanderthals stopped drooling, I am sure they looked at the wonders of the night sky, the rumbling of thunder, the infiniteness of the oceans and wondered if there was an intelligent being at the helm. As time progressed, man invented religion to answer questions he did not have the science to comprehend.
After having visited the monuments he describes in vivid detail myself I am surprised at the accuracy Dan Brown is able to achieve. He gets even the names of the streets right and this in itself is commendable.
One of the things I particularly enjoyed when during the climax he espouses the blend of both science and spirituality. Of all the books in the Robert Langdon series, I think this one has a particularly satisfying ending because it ends on a positive and hopeful note for us as a humanity.