So, how did you do with the first 34 chapters? Is it driving you crazy that there are so many unanswered questions and that there is so much chaos?
Before we start talking about all of the interesting things that happened in this section, I want to draw your attention to a really helpful website. The site, Florence Inferno, offers walking tours of Florence based on events from the book, but it also offers a comprehensive blog that gives historical information about the symbols, history, and art work mentioned in the book. For the first section, it might be helpful for you to read the section about Dante, a writer who obviously plays a big role in our story. The symbols, places, and art works sections also might help you visualize the different things mentioned in the book. I would encourage you to only click on subjects that are relevant to this first section because I don’t want you to accidentally read a spoiler!
The first clue that sends Langdon on his journey around Florence is a Botticelli illustration for Dante’s Inferno, which he finds in a projection cylinder. While Langdon and Sienna are rushing around trying to interpret this first clue, they are being chased. Why do you think they are being hunted? Who would not want Langdon to uncover the truth?
Interspersed between the sections with Langdon and Sienna are some disturbing scenes that describe some sort of scary video that will be distributed to the media, and some flashbacks centering on the World Health Organization director, Elizabeth Sinskey. Sinskey is dealing with a man who wants to reduce the world’s population, he seems willing to do something drastic to cut the population from 7 billion to 4. How do you think these conversations are connected to the prologue of the book and the scary video? How do you think a madman would propose to cut the population so drastically?
What are your thoughts so far? Do the parts about the collapse of the world based on population growth scare you? Are you finding it hard to keep track of all of Langdon’s movements and thoughts? Do you have any idea how this story is going to end?
I hope you are enjoying the story so far and are excited to keep going! Let me know your thoughts, and let me know if you enjoyed the movie!
Make sure to read the next 34 chapters before joining us next week.