James Burns Inferno

Clive James reviews Dan Brown’s Inferno at Prospect Magazine. Or should I say razes it to the ground? Man alive this review is funny. It almost makes me want to read the book—but my mother always told me to look away from car accidents on the side of the road. I’ll adopt the same principle here.

I liked this quote from near the beginning of the review: “Once again, that is, he makes you want to turn the pages even though every page you turn demonstrates abundantly his complete lack of talent as a writer.” And this one: “On top of the shaky language are piled the solecisms. ‘Pandora is out of her box.'” (Dan, she was never in it.)” Poor Dan Brown.