I’ll get to this quick. After reviewing the first book, I figured the second book would be a good try. It just so happened that I saw this at our local bookstore a month ago or something (I was reading Paulo Coelho’s Eleven Minutes then) and I somehow couldn’t wait to read this.
In a nutshell, the book is far, far better than its predecessor. As sequels should be, Ransom definitely upped the ante in this one, making this much more action packed and much more mysterious than the last one. The book was worth every cent in my opinion.
I recently finished this book. How recent? Try 10 minutes recent. I really loved reading Dan Brown’s books ever since I had my mind satisfied by Angels and Demons. The caption below the image is no exaggeration at all. This book is seriously the best in Dan Brown’s arsenal of novels.
Why is it the best? It’s really the type that keeps you flipping pages. Even more than his previous Langdon books. I seriously had no clue there was so much that happened before America became what it is today: The world’s most powerful country.
I never imagined so much planning was done to establish America and how symbols and religious beliefs played the major role in it’s birth. This book simply made me want to go to Washington D.C. and have a complete “The Lost Symbol” tour there.
Below will be a short summary. Spoilers are expected.
Coelho came to Cannes to promote Web-generated pic “The Experimental Witch” and to talk with Harvey Weinstein about the long-gestating adaptation of his tome “The Alchemist,” which is now expected to start shooting by year’s end.
Coelho said various helmers are being considered for the “Alchemist,” which has been in development at the Weinstein Co. since Cannes 2008, touted as a $60 million project.
“Harvey told me the screenplay will be finished in three months and the film should start shooting a few months later,” said Coelho. “He mentioned various names to me as the possible director.”
“If there is one person in the world who can make a movie out of the ‘Alchemist’ it’s Harvey Weinstein,” Coelho gushed. “We had a very long conversation about how it should be, how it should not be. At the end of the day it’s his movie. It’s my book, but it’s his movie.”
Coelho is certainly putting his personal stamp on how his latest novel, “The Witch of Portobello,” gets cinematic treatment in his “The Experimental Witch” project which he claims reps a unique cinematic feat.
In “Witch,” the titular contempo witch, who is named Athena and has prophetic powers, is described by 15 narrators.
Last June, Coelho invited filmmakers from around the world to submit their interpretations of each of the book’s narratives to his MySpace page.
Out of some 6,000 entries, 15 have been selected and the final pic whittled down from more than five hours to less than two.
“Now I’d love to see a worldwide release in a major platform like YouTube, or MySpace, or Facebook after it world premieres at the Rome Film Festival in October,” he said.
“The industry is complaining a lot about new models, but they are thinking within a box. I’m going to try a new economical model,” he said.
Awesome news guys! I’m liking this one!