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The Lost Symbol

Robert Langdon, professor of symbology and star of ‘The Da Vinci Code,’ risks fresh peril exploring Masonic mysteries in the US capital.

By / September 19, 2009

Legend has it that Dan Brown – product of a gold-plate education at both Phillips Exeter Academy and Amherst College – never read a popular novel until he was an adult. Then, while vacationing with his wife in Tahiti in 1993, he is said to have breezed through Sidney Sheldon’s “The Doomsday Conspiracy” and decided that he could do better.

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No kidding. Today, with the publication of “The Da Vinci Code” in 2003 (to date, 81 million copies sold in 44 different languages), Brown has become one of the most widely read authors in the world. His latest novel, The Lost Symbol – with its expertly paced blend of real locales, off-beat facts, and fast-moving fiction – will do nothing to damage his reputation.

In “The Lost Symbol,” Harvard University symbologist Robert Langdon (protagonist of both “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons”) is back. He’s still wearing his Mickey Mouse wristwatch, still suffering from claustrophobia, and as breathtakingly learned about all things occult as ever.

At the book’s open, Langdon is seeking no adventures. (Apart from a couple of glancing references to his “scandalous” book about “the sacred feminine and the church” and some unwanted attention from “Grail fanatics” there are no indications that international stardom has gone to Langdon’s head.) Instead he’s quietly brewing a cup of coffee at home in Cambridge one Sunday morning when he gets a call asking him, in the name of his dear friend and mentor, Peter Solomon, to fly immediately to Washington to fill in for a canceled guest speaker at an illustrious gathering. Many of the attendees at the meeting are expected to be Freemasons and they are gathering in a building rich with Masonic history. So it makes sense that Langdon will be addressing the group on the symbolism found in the architecture of the US capital.


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