Origin

Origin

A Novel

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Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend the unveiling of a discovery that "will change the face of science forever". The evening's host is his friend and former student, Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old tech magnate whose dazzling inventions and audacious predictions have made him a controversial figure around the world. This evening is to be no exception: he claims he will reveal an astonishing scientific breakthrough to challenge the fundamentals of human existence. But Langdon and several hundred other guests are left reeling when the meticulously orchestrated evening is blown apart before Kirsch's precious discovery can be revealed. With his life under threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape, along with the museum's director, Ambra Vidal. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch's secret.
Publisher: New York, New York : Doubleday, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780385514231
9780525563709
Characteristics: 461 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm.

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loudem
Oct 11, 2018

The whole book prepares us for some earth shattering information that should shatter everything that we know about where we come from and where we are heading. What a crock. In the end, after much zigzagging, we learn that... well, we learn that nothing has really change, or will change, if not that we will become... more robots than human. Well, I could have figure that out. Just look around, and all you see is people with I-Phones, I-Pads, and have you. We could say that we're already there. I know, I know, in the end the book backs down and affirms that we are still human... Forgetting all the action, we could believe that we were reading a travel guide, and maybe THAT was the best thing about this book.

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Chaspl71
Jul 30, 2018

Robert Langdon is again the pawn in one of the better Dan Brown thrillers. The pacing is quick, the characters are memorable and the settings and architecture are spectacular. The premis that a brilliant scientist is about to answer the age old question of "where did we come from and where are we going?," catalyzes a series of cascading events that pull the reader into the story and never let go. It's a roller coaster well worth the ride!

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Liselara
Jul 16, 2018

By trade, I am a travel agent so when I finally got my copy of Origin which has been on hold for a year, I was truly delighted because I had no idea that the central character was Spain. I'm thinking, "Oh Great, another Dan Brown tour to sell" (these are very popular). First of all, when you read the novel, have your IPhone, IPad or a computer close by because you will want to look at all of the palaces, museums, churches and edifices that he features. Start with Photo of... Truly, some of these sites are glorious, others, monstrous. You can even see photos of the art he talks about.

The story is a fun ride although I thought that the big revelation at the end was stupid. I'm not being mean here, if you want a really vile review, read Ron Charles of the Washington Post; it drips with sarcasm and pure jealousy. I had the large print at over 700 pages and finished it in 4 days which means it moves beautifully; and that's with the " photo look-ups". Some of the technical jargon was way over my head but it didn't take away from the story, and besides, you don't need to be a rocket scientist to enjoy it.

It's possible that I'm even around in 2050 when all this stuff will occur. By all means, pick it up then sit back and relax to read another Langdon adventure. Way to go, Dan Brown. What's your next big reveal?

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dhanus70
Jun 19, 2018

Book started...need to recheck out...

read through start of chapter 8 - pick back up on page 44

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dano62
Jun 17, 2018

Enjoyed reading this, style-wise (thoughts in italics), and the story itself. The ending is surprising, and with the religion vs science idea-it ends with a bittersweet optimistic note. Liked to learn about the Spanish landmarks, and how the story quite follows along with actual science in this field. This would probably make a great movie.

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Justoatee
Jun 02, 2018

My least favorite of the Dan Brown novels. Found myself skimming through the sometimes unnecessary padding. As another critic commented, this one was somewhat cartoonish. At least Dan Brown's writing makes for an easy read. However, would not recommend.

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fred98115
May 04, 2018

Where did we come from and where are we going is the study area for a computer game theorist, a study which leads to his death, angers religions and brings the symbologist, Langdon, to Spain to sort it all out. Much ado about not much and not original.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 03, 2018

Origin is Dan Brown's latest book. It covers the tricky subject of religion and creationism while maintaining the action, suspense, and fascinating plot that Brown is known for. Dan Brown is one of my favorite authors, and I wasn't let down by Origin. It follows Brown's famous symbologist, Robert Langdon, in the aftermath of one of his mentees and close friend's (Edmond Kirsch) murder, just before that friend announced something earth-shattering. He goes searching for the culprit with curator of the museum that Kirsch was shot at, Ambra Vidal, who just so happened to be the prince of Spain's fiancee. The story is full of twists and turns and will leave you wanting more, not being able to sleep with anticipation. I can't find anything wrong with it. I give it a perfect 5/5.
- @ɹǝʇsɐɯʞooq of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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talk2terih
Mar 30, 2018

Brown's premise earned a side eye from me in the opening of the book. He essentially promises us answers to two of life's basic questions that will be shocking, revelatory, and that will make religion obsolete. That is a tall order, and as much as I enjoy Brown's fun and incredible quests and his ever-engaging hero, Robert Langdon, I couldn't see how Brown could deliver. And he doesn't, really. The answers, when they are finally revealed, are pat and expected. But don't let that scare you away from a story that is full of twists and turns and employs Brown's usual puzzles, codes, encryptions, and thinking games. If nothing else, read the book for the rich visual descriptions of Barcelona, the Spanish royal residences, and the incredible otherworldly architecture of Antonio Gaudi.

NOTE: Don't continue reading if you have yet to read the book. Did anyone else catch the discrepancy between the presentation given to the 3 clerics and the one given to the public? It was not explained anywhere, unless we were to understand that the change in endings was part of the machinations of Winston.

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Memawrayne
Mar 26, 2018

Another great book by Dan Brown. I especially enjoyed it because years ago when we visited Madrid, we visited sites in and around Madrid. I like how religious beliefs are questioned by the masses.

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JENNIFERES
Feb 03, 2018

"Well, the questions would have to be: 'How did it all begin? Where do we come from?'" (p. 52)

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

Extensive quotes in goodreads. These were collected independently:
Historically, the most dangerous men on earth were men of God … especially when their gods became threatened.
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What was your famous quote? ‘At thirty-three years old, I am the same age as Christ when He performed His resurrection.’
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“I’ve read your books on Kabbala. I can’t say I understood them, but I’ve read them.”
“I have read your predictions on the future of mankind. I can’t say I agree with them, but I have read them.”
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The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, looked like something out of an alien hallucination—
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THE LARGEST SYNAGOGUE in Europe is located in Budapest on Dohány Street. Built in the Moorish style with massive twin spires ...
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“… when we learned that the tides were caused by lunar cycles, Poseidon was no longer necessary, and we banished him as a foolish myth of an unenlightened time.”

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

…if there is one thing I have learned in my long life, it is that faith always survives, even in the face of great hardship.
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“By the end of the eleventh century,” Edmond said, “the greatest intellectual exploration and discovery on earth was taking place in and around Baghdad. Then, almost overnight, that changed. A brilliant scholar named Hamid al-Ghazali—now considered one of the most influential Muslims in history—wrote a series of persuasive texts questioning the logic of Plato and Aristotle and declaring mathematics to be ‘the philosophy of the devil.’
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“Where do we come from? Where are we going? ... Tragically, on account of religious dogma, millions of people believe they already know the answers to these big questions. And because not every religion offers the same answers, entire cultures end up warring over whose answers are correct, and which version of God’s story is the One True Story.”

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

THE SZÉCHENYI 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.
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“I’ve been taking confessions for fifty years. I know a lie when I hear one.”
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“… just remember the wise words of Disney’s Princess Elsa.” Langdon turned. “I’m sorry?” Ambra smiled softly. “Let it go.”

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But the old navy aphorism proved false over and over. The darkest hour is not just before the dawn, he sensed. The dawn is never coming.
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The roads to salvation are many. Forgiveness is not the only path.
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This ancient symbol, Garza knew, consisted of six letters, which, when put together, spelled a single word in Latin—a word that perfectly defined Franco’s self-image. Victor.
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Ruthless, violent, and uncompromising, Francisco Franco had risen to power with the military support of Nazi Germany and Mussolini’s Italy.

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

Nietzsche: “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.”
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“As the old adage goes: ‘Men plan, and God laughs.’”
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You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something!
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God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? —NIETZSCHE
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Apostasy had become a popular rallying cry for Spain’s liberal youth. Renounce the Church!
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‘Newton’s Third Law of Child Rearing: For every lunacy, there is an equal and opposite lunacy.’
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the eerie ghost town of El Torbiscal—a once prosperous farming village whose population had recently dwindled to zero.
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Casa Milà was one of Gaudí’s most famous buildings—a dazzlingly original “house” whose tiered facade and undulating stone balconies resembled an excavated mountain, sparking its now popular nickname “La Pedrera”—meaning “the stone quarry.”

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

For more than a century, Gaudí’s controversial Basílica de la Sagrada Família had been under construction, relying solely on private donations from the faithful. Criticized by traditionalists for its eerie organic shape and use of “biomimetic design,” the church was hailed by modernists for its structural fluidity and use of “hyperboloid” forms to reflect the natural world.
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He could still recall when “breaking news” was printed on paper and delivered to his doorstep the following morning.
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Any life-form with the technology to travel to earth would require no subterfuge or subtlety to dominate us instantaneously.”
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Personally, I believe that it would be perfectly feasible to seal these ‘seeds of life’ in radiation-proof, protective pods and shoot them into space with the intent of populating the cosmos in a kind of technology-assisted panspermia.
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“Any advanced life-form ... would not send a recipe for humans any more than they would send a recipe for chimpanzees.”

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make in the presence of unjustified religious beliefs.
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U.S. congressman Paul Broun say, ‘Evolution and the Big Bang are lies straight from the pit of hell.’
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To permit ignorance is to empower it. To do nothing as our leaders proclaim absurdities is a crime of complacency.
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The most self-righteous in life become the most fearful in death.
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Where do we come from? Where are we going? “We come from God!” Beña declared aloud. “And we go to God!”
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France, Germany, Russia, Austria, Poland, and more than fifty other countries had abandoned their crowns in the last century. Even in England there was a push for a referendum on ending the monarchy after the current queen died.
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Jesus being age thirty-three at the time of the Passion is a more likely explanation.
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… it seemed unlikely that a Spanish nun would admire a heterodox British poet. The entire story seemed like a stretch.

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. —WINSTON CHURCHILL
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THE TALLEST CROSS in the world is in Spain. Erected on a mountaintop eight miles north of the monastery of El Escorial, the massive cement cross soars a bewildering five hundred feet in the air above a barren valley, where it can be seen from more than a hundred miles away.
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Life—had been invented in the 1970s by a British mathematician, John Conway.
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When life is dark, let your heart show you the way.
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T-shirt printed with the message—Ampersand phone home!—a playful allusion to the Spielberg movie about an extraterrestrial named “ET” who was trying to find his way home.

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

Darwin’s theory described the survival of the fittest, but not the arrival of the fittest.”
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Computer simulations are really just virtual time machines.”
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Waves never crash onto beaches and deposit sand in the shape of a sand castle.
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… physicist Jeremy England. He was tall and very thin, with an unkempt beard and a quietly bemused smile. He stood before a blackboard filled with mathematical equations.
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Jeremy England’s theory ... was that the universe functioned with a singular directive. One goal. To spread energy. In the simplest terms, when the universe found areas of focused energy, it spread that energy out..
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To efficiently create chaos, Langdon realized, requires some order.
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If blazing sunlight hit a patch of fertile dirt, the physical laws of the earth would create a plant to help dissipate that energy. If deep-ocean sulfur vents created areas of boiling water, life would materialize in those locations and disseminate the energy.

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2017

“The truth is—we come from nowhere … and from everywhere. We come from the same laws of physics that create life across the cosmos. We are not special. We exist with or without God. We are the inevitable result of entropy. Life is not the point of the universe. Life is simply what the universe creates and reproduces in order to dissipate energy.”
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The Seventh Kingdom … TED Talk by digital-culture writer Kevin Kelly. Prophesied by some of the earliest science-fiction writers, this new kingdom of life came with a twist. It was a kingdom of nonliving species.
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“Half a billion years ago,” Edmond continued, “our planet experienced a sudden eruption of life—the Cambrian Explosion—
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“What you are seeing here is a rare evolutionary process known as obligate endosymbiosis,”
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‘The price of greatness … is responsibility.’”
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“May our philosophies keep pace with our technologies. May our compassion keep pace with our powers. And may love, not fear, be the engine of change.”

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