The Szechenyi Chain Bridge—one of eight bridges in Budapest—spans more
than a thousand feet across the Danube. An emblem of the link between East and
West, the bridge is considered one of the most beautiful in the world.
–Dan Brown, Origin
After reading an excerpt from the novel, consider this review:
To say that Dan Brown’s Origin is one of the worst “thrillers” ever published would not be accurate. Not because it is not appallingly, insultingly, groan-inducingly written — it is — but because it is not, in fact, a thriller.
…a version of Europe that rarely achieves a CIA World Factbook entry level of descriptive interest…
Despite the exotic locales in which he insists on setting his books — Paris, Venice, Madrid, Barcelona [and Budapest] — no one could ever accuse Brown of being a cosmopolitan.
his idea of describing architecture is to visit the Wikipedia page for a building and quote all the accolades compiled there
Dan Brown is a truly terrible writer.
-“Dan Brown is a very bad writer” -Matthew Walther
Q: Do you agree with Walther’s critique? What is your opinion of Brown’s depictions of Budapest? Does the city evoke nuanced depths that influence the narrative?
(Dan Brown was invited to discuss Origin with our class. According to the assistant to his literary agent: “due to his writing schedule, Mr. Brown is not available.”)