Reading Guide to Dan Brown's

Reading Guide to Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol" (Unauthorized)

By Alex Carmine

  • Release Date: 2010-05-11
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
Score: 2.5
From 113 Ratings
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Dan Brown's 'The Lost Symbol' was the most anticipated novel of 2009, and was the literary event of the year. Alex Carmine examines all the themes in depth, and provides a chapter-by-chapter analysis of 'The Lost Symbol'. From Alex's assessment of the novel, it is very much apparent that Dan Brown has not only been adhering to his own formula, but that he has also been following Joseph Campbell's concept of the hero's journey. We know that Dan Brown likes to play with the names of his characters, so Alex explores these in great detail. In this way, Alex reveals the name of the real American family upon whom the Solomons are based. Alex also shows that, following its development within 'The Da Vinci Code', Dan Brown's still very much in tune with his 'sacred feminine' side, with his stunning representation of womb envy. Dan Brown's fascinating depiction of masculinity within this novel is studied too. In addition to this, Alex explores the literary devices that Dan Brown employs, and the magical sleights of hand that he uses to make the reader look the wrong way. Indeed, one of the main arguments in this book is that Dan Brown has hidden much of the true meaning of 'The Lost Symbol' behind various veils of allegory, much as the Masons do with regards to their secrets, and like the Symbologist Robert Langdon, Alex reveals these meanings to you. However, Dan Brown is an author who also likes to reward his readers, so Alex examines the clues about the novel that he disseminated prior to publication via Facebook and Twitter. Furthermore, Alex considers the various Masonic practices depicted within the novel, and bring to the fore the conspiracy theories that surround this mysterious fraternity. Alex Carmine's very close reading of the novel literally leaves no stone uncovered, and will transform your own interpretation of the text.


  • WOW really people?

    By More of God
    I can understand how people can make an honest mistake, but as a lover of books and reading it should have been pretty easy to tell that this was NOT a Dan Brown book.....the chick has her very visible name right t the bottom of the cover. It is what it is....what a bunch of buffoons. You deserve to loose your money, not at any fault to ITunes.
  • Ditto feel scammed

    By Scammed22
    Going to barnes and noble............
  • The Lost Symbol

    By david calcagno
    I also that that this was the book "The Lost Symbol" by Dan Brown. IT'S NOT!!! What a rip off! Any one know how to get a refund.
  • You morons

    By N.n.j
    Did you all really think that you were mentally capable of reading an entire book web you struggled with the title? Stick with Dr. Seuss until you get you reading comprehension up to 1st grade. I am giving this 5 stars because I think it is funny to take money from idiots.
  • Lost symbol

    By Davidllll
    Very misleading.
  • You idiots

    By The guy who knows how to read
    Read the title and author all you friggin idiots that got "duped." Read the publication date...a full year after the other book was written. Read the summary. Get the free sample. Sounds to me like you all got a $5.99 reading lesson.
  • Dan brown Lost Symbol by some unknown

    By hogpilot
    What a scam. Like the others I thought I was getting the real thing. Maybe I should write a book and call it The Bible and sell it on iBook and make a fortune.. Ripoff Apple!
  • Lost symbol

    By Gregoryjjj
    Yep, I got suckered into this one too. I'm sticking with Kindle books for iPad until I get a refund. This is just wrong.
  • Review

    By Fuzzy 571
    Totally misleading!!!! I thought this was the real book, buy it, and get this crap!!!! Shame on you Apple! The next time I buy something from you, I will only give you half of my credit card number and see how you like it!!!
  • scam by apple

    By Spu 1234
    apple AKA Steve Job should be ashamed of them self for scamming people with deceptive titles. Does Mr. Job need more money? Shame on him. He can learn honesty from Bill Gates.