The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

Format: Hardbound, 509 pages
ISBN: 0385504225 (ISBN13: 9780385504225)
Published September 15th 2009 by Doubleday
borrowed, favorite
Read from October 25 to November 02, 2012
Rating: ★★★★★

Notorious worldwide for blurring the line between fact and fiction, best-selling author Dan Brown continued the adventures of Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon in this third book. The novel centers about one of the oldest and most mysterious brotherhood—the Freemasonry, along with its many “secrets”—making The Lost Symbol an enthralling and gripping novel difficult to put down.

Da Vinci Code created quite a stir when the movie adaptation was shown in the Philippines (and around the world, I believe), being a Christian country dominated by Catholics. Meanwhile, I have read the Angels & Demons nearly two years ago, and I could say that it was one of the most engrossing novels I have ever read. I have not yet read the Da Vinci Code when I read The Lost Symbol though (but I’ve already read it now), but I have watched the DVC movie after reading A&D, and I pretty liked it (though I find some of the parts hard to understand, so I think it’s better if I could read it). Then, a friend let me borrow her hardbound copy of The Lost Symbol, and having had a good experience from Dan Brown’s A&D, I immediately immersed myself to it.

In Angels & Demons, Dan Brown explored the secret society of Illuminati. Da Vinci Code is an international sensation because of its plot about Jesus’ alleged romantic relationship with Mary Magdalene. This time, in The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown crafted another compelling story by divulging the fraternal organization of Freemasonry. Being an old and exclusive brotherhood, Freemasonry—in reality—has a lot of controversies in its name, followed by countless conspiracy theories.

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Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

Kafka on the ShoreKafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

Format: Mass Market Paperback
ISBN: 0307275264 (ISBN13: 9780307275264)
Read from December 30, 2013 to January 4, 2014
owned book, second hand
My rating: ★★★★★

This is the third Haruki Murakami book that I’ve read. The first novel was Norwegian Wood, and the second one was After Dark, both rated with four stars. I really looked for a copy of this book because I need to read this for my Afro-Asian Literature class. I was surprised to find Haruki Murakami’s name in the list; and because I am a fan of his works, I immediately picked his book to write a term paper on as a requirement for our Afro-Asian Lit.

Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.

Kafka on the Shore comprises of two distinct yet interrelated plots. The odd chapters tells the story of Kafka Tamura, a fifteen-year-old boy who runs away from home to escape the oedipal prophecy made by his father, and to search for his mother and sister. On his journey, he met Sakura , and later finds himself in Komura Memorial Library run by Oshima and Miss Saeki. The even chapters, on the other hand, tells the story of Satoru Nakata, who never recovered from a wartime affliction but could talk to cats, along with other extraordinary abilities. Continue reading