33 Keys to Unlocking The Lost Symbol: A Reader's Companion to the Dan Brown Novel

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Ever since Professor Beyer read The Da Vinci Code, he became intrigued by Dan Brown's use of facts in fiction. He realized that an examination of the novel could be a tantalizing and entertaining entry into the world of research and evaluating information, and decided to make it the subject of his freshman seminar class at Middlebury College.

Beyer and many of his students have followed Dan Brown's work ever since, and four years ago, Beyer began to anticipate and delve into the facts that would be the core of The Lost Symbol. Like millions of other expectant readers, he purchased a copy of the novel on its publication date, September 15, 2009. He read and analyzed it several times, and, at the urging of his publisher, focused on writing this handy, reader-friendly companion guide to The Lost Symbol, in which he elaborates on 33 key topics and identifies 133 Internet links for even further exploration.

The topics, organized by theme in seven sections, follow the plot of the story and cover the setting in Washington, D.C., art and architecture, cryptology, Freemasonry, secret teachings, science, and people and places in the novel, highlighted with 33 helpful illustrations.

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THOMAS R. BEYER, JR., a Professor at Middlebury College, who specializes in Russian language and literature, has taught numerous seminars on the works of Dan Brown, and is the editor of the online reference guide The Keys to The Da Vinci Code. He and his students are currently working on a wiki devoted to Angels & Demons. He is based in Middlebury, Vermont.

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This book is designed to appeal to fans of Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon novels, particularly The Lost Symbol (2009). Beyer explores some of the book’s codes, puzzles, and historical references. Although he does raise some interesting questions—How does The Lost Symbol’s original title, The Solomon Key, help us to understand the meaning and importance of one of the book’s characters?—he also spends a lot of time on matters peripheral to his theme. Why, for example, in a book that is presumably being read by someone who is intimately familiar with Brown’s novels and their hero, Robert Langdon, would the author devote nearly 2 full pages to a physical description of the character and an explanation of what he does for a living? Similarly, the author’s lengthy travelogue-like description of The Lost Symbol’s setting, Washington, D.C., could be replaced by a simple list of elements from the Brown novel that actually exist in Washington, freeing up 30-odd pages for meatier pursuits. Recommended for readers who can’t get enough of Brown and Langdon, but for a better—and much more entertaining—exploration of Brown’s techniques, try The Va Dinci Cod (2005), the hilarious Da Vinci Code parody written by A. R. R. R. Roberts (otherwise known as Adam Roberts). --David Pitt

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