This book was billed as a intellectual version of The Da Vinci Code, and while I suppose it is essentially that, I honestly did not enjoy it as much as I enjoyed Dan Brown s book The story is about a Princeton student who inherits from his father an obsession with an ancient text called the Hypnerotomachia, purported to contain directions to a vault of treasure.Unfortunately, less than half the book was really devoted to the treasure hunt itself, with the remainder consisting of too extensive background stories about the main characters and the ways in which they grew apart as they got older Don t get me wrong this is a perfectly valid thing for a story to be about I just personally wasn t nearly as interested in these fairly generic characters going through fairly generic experiences at college as I was in the deciphering of a mysterious text And it s definitely not just any college it s PRINCETON The book reminds you of this left and right, to the extent that in the end you feel like half the reason this book exists is that the authors really wanted to brag about how great Princeton is and how great they are for having gone there.All in all, the book carried my through to the end, and the Da Vinci Code like sequences in which the characters unraveled the text s mysteries were entertaining Those were just too few and far between for my liking. Princeton, Sexta Feira Santa De Dois Finalistas Da Prestigiada Universidade Encontram Se A Um Passo De Resolver Os Mist Rios Da Hypnerotomachia Poliphili , Um Livro Escrito Por Um Nobre Renascentista Que Manteve Fascinados E Intrigados Os Acad Micos Desde O Momento Da Sua Publica O Em Para Um Deles, Tom Sullivan, A Investiga O Constitui Um V Nculo Com O Seu Passado E Um Obst Culo Para A Sua Rela O Sentimental O Outro, Paul Harris, Converteu Se Na Sua Raz O De Viver Quando Parece Que A Investiga O Fica Novamente Encalhada, Aparece Um Di Rio Que Se Considerava Perdido E Que Cont M Dados Cruciais Para O Seu Desenvolvimento Horas Mais Tarde, Outro Estudante Implicado Nas Pesquisas Aparece AssassinadoEste Apaixonante Romance Combina O Melhor Suspense Com Uma Brilhante Reflex O Filos Fica Atrav S Da Investiga O Dos Protagonistas O Leitor Mergulhar No Fascinante Mundo Do Renascimento E Assistir A Uma Fiel Recria O Da Vida Das Universidades De Elite Norte Americanas, At Chegar A Um Desenlace SurpreendenteO New York Times Qualificou Este Romance Como Profundamente Erudito E Bastante Menos Presun Oso Do Que O C Digo Da Vinci , O Definitivo Livro Puzzle Para Qualquer Leitor Que Se Atreva A Resolver Um Enigma A Mr Nelson DeMille writes on the back of this book that, If Scott Fitzgerald, Umberto Eco, and Dan Brown teamed up to write a novel, the result would be The Rule of Four I don t believeI just can twords fail me F Scott Fitzgerald must be spinning in his grave right now Comparing Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason to Fitzgerald Blasphemy As for comparing them to Dan Brown, they re not even the poor man s Dan Brown like the homeless man s, if that I haven t read Umberto Eco, so I can t comment on that This book was really one of the worst books I ve read in awhile I mean, I came into it with low expectations I didn t get the chance to buy any books for my long flight back to Taiwan, so I had to make do with this being the only book available at my parents house but even with my low expectations, this book was still truly awful The mystery if you can even call it that centers around solving the translation for a centuries old text I put mystery in quotes because this was one of the most boring, utterly disengaging mysteries I ve ever read If you like to read stories about people sitting around in basements reading old dusty books, then perhaps you ll find it exciting than I did There s also an attempt at some sort of coming of age story, which fails miserably I don t know why when I don t like a particular book, I still force myself to read it to the bitter end In this case, I wish I just stopped, even if that meant I would be sitting on an airplane staring blankly into space for hours That would have still been a worthwhile way of spending my time, instead of reading this junk. It s a pretty safe bet that a dude who writes books about mysterious books is probably going to dig a book about a mysterious book Then again, not so long ago, it was a pretty safe bet that a crazy guy from a reality show wouldn t have a prayer of winning a major political office but, hey California went and elected that Schwarzenegger guy Not where you thought that one was going, was it Settle down, everyone Consequently, consider that I m exactly the intended core audience for The Rule of Four when trying to determine whether you might want to pick it up Side note on no less than three occasions when someone asked me what I was reading while I was in the middle of this, I called it The Sign of Four, which is pretty indicative of my general state of confusion, chronic lack of sleep, and Holmes obsession The Rule of Four is a well crafted, slow burn of a thriller that will appeal to anyone who loves historical mysteries particularly those that reference Renaissance Italy , likes academic action as much or as physical action, and finds the close, relatively isolated environment of a college campus to be an ideal setting for a murder mystery type scenario My only real quibbles were the utter toothlessness of law enforcement officials our intrepid heroes are picked up by the local constabulary on multiple occasions, only to face no real consequence which, given the circumstances of the story in each instance, strained the bounds of credulity in a way that the unlikely cracking of the hidden code in a five century old book did not and the occasionally awkward attempt to round out a character who, given the type of story, would have been perfectly fine operating in only two dimensions Okay, I had one other quibble as well, but it s a relatively minor one view spoiler not revealing the full bounty our hero, Tom, would get to see when he and fellow problem solver Paul finally opened the crypt that revealed the mysteries of the Hypnerotomachia hide spoiler I enjoyed it a lot It leaves a pleasant aftertaste like a good walk in an orchard Is a bit similar to the Langdon series but a bit different in its languid pace of the plot.DD 2017 A reread Q Like many of us, I think, my father spent the measure of his life piecing together a story he would never understand Q A son is the promise that time makes to a man, the guarantee every father receives that whatever he holds dear will someday be considered foolish, and that the person he loves best in the world will misunderstand him c Q The adventure of our first days together gradually blossomed into something else a feeling I d never had, which I can only compare to the sensation of returning home, of joining a balance that needs no adjusting, as if the scales of my life had been waiting for her all along c Q Hope, which whispered from Pandora s box after all the other plagues and sorrows had escaped, is the best and last of all things Without it, there is only time And time pushes at our backs like a centrifuge, forcing outward and away, until it nudges us into oblivion It s a law of motion, a fact of physics, no different from the stages of white dwarves and red giants Like all things in the universe, we are destined from birth to diverge Time is simply the yardstick of our separation If we are particles in a sea of distance, exploded from an original whole, then there is a science to our solitude We are lonely in proportion to our years c Q Never invest yourself in anything so deeply that its failure could cost you your happiness c Q I d begun to realize that there was an unspoken predjudice among book learned people, a secret conviction they all seemed to share, that life as we know it is an imperfect vision of reality, and that only art, like a pair of reading glasses can correct it c Q That was the recipe of our relationship, I think We gave each other what we never expected to find c Q The only things people can ever know about you are the ones that you let them see c Q Never mix books and bed In the spectrum of excitement, sex thought were on opposite ends Both to be enjoyed, but never at the same time c Q Because every desire has its proper object It means people spend their lives wanting things they shouldn t The world confuses into taking their love and aiming it where it doesn t belong c Q Time passed, worlds diverged Time is what disperses us c Q Adulthood is a glacier encroaching quietly on youth When it arrives, the stamp of childhood suddenly freezes, capturing us for good in the image of our last act, the pose we struck when the ice of age set in c Q His intelligence was relentless and wild, a fire even he couldn t control It swallowed entire books at a sitting, finding flaws in arguments, gaps in evidence, errors in interpretation, in objects, far from his own. I strongly, strongly disliked this book.After I first finished reading it, I wondered if the reason I hated it was because it had been mismarketed as a Da Vinci Code analogue, and I do love me some sleuthing among historical artifacts But no I hated it because I disliked the pretentious characters I disliked the plot and the constant, preening, self indulgent homage to the hallowed halls of Princeton I am always thrilled to hear that people love their alma mater Really But I don t need a coming of age novel masquerading as a mystery to tell me about the fun to be had in Ivy League New Jersey Maybe I missed something Maybe there actually was a gripping historical mystery that I could not see through all the orange and black Maybe I will never care enough to know. Confession This book was so dreadful that I was moved to create a new readometer especially for it Another confession, I never finished this book, it is unbelievably dull Sure I never got to the end, although several reviews suggest that there isn t really an end anyway but as far as I got it seems to be a pseudo intellectual group masturbation about the wonders of going to Princeton Quoting as many classics as can be crammed into the storyline there was a storyline wasn t there The whole thing seems to be filled with nonsensical name dropping of classical works, look how clever we are that we have read this book or seen this artwork How on earth this book is a best seller I don t know Perhaps you have to be a pretentious ex Princetonian to make it worth the read, maybe all the reminiscing about clubs and hallways, galleries and libraries will do it for you For me I was expecting a story, some pace, a plot some eloquent prose you know a book, a novel, a story, entertainment This was Enid Blyton s secret seven dragged into adulthood without a plot To bill this book as the The thinking man s Da Vinci Code is an insult to just about everyone from Da Vinci to the thinking man and everyone in between Painfully dull and a struggle to wade through, I rarely give up on a book but this time I have made an exception, utter boring crap and I have better things to do with my time than to wade through it any further But congratulations are in order, this is the only book to date that I have rated as worthy of only a single star and that because there isn t a minus on the scale. This book is incredibly creative I love how Ian takes the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili and creates a compelling story built around history and detective work If you loved Dan Browns books because you where excited to figure out the clues and solve the mysteries then you will love this book The story itself included just enough drama to not take away from the underlying teaching of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili I m sorry, once I taught myself to say it once I can t stop saying it now This ancient book cloaked in mystery is really what makes this story so good, I found myself doing Google searches on it trying to see the pictures and looking for the clues and trying to follow it as the characters in the story followed it Overall great book, one in which I walked away from it feeling like I understood a lot about history and how the human condition affects it. I am mystified by the great reviews that this book gotfor instance, i believe the nyt said stunningly erudite, where i think what they meant was pretentiously psuedointellectual , or, in common terms, dull other people have said that this is similar to the da vinci code, only written well, whereas i would say that it is of a modern name of the rose, written by two people who are boring my only way of understanding the reviews is to think that book reviewers enjoy the constant references to the tweedy eating clubs of princeton, which were likely the last place that they felt that they belongedof course, my review MIGHT be colored a bit by my overwhelming disdain for all things princeton. There s a reason Steven King recommends never using a word if there is a simpler one that will do Because, sadly, when authors stretch their readers, and those readers can t quite make the stretching, they end up feeling stupid Tending to react badly to the experience Or, overreacting, mostly with negativity Unreasonably so This book, from reading through its reviews after I read it, seems to do just that It s a good engaging read, well written A detailed story, connecting to complexity and the non usual Definitely not going to be everyone s thing However, personal like or dislike seems to be much confused with the quality of the work itself I might not personally enjoy something and still be able to recognise and appreciate it as a work of good quality Unfortunately, this does not seem to be common among reviewers, who assume if they did not like, then it must be bad There is much to recommend the work, form its insight into Princeton University life to the illuminations on renaissance intellectual life Most of all, it provides insight into Immersion and obtuse interest which can consume some This might seem removed from our ordinary life, but, through the extremes portrayed in the book, we come to understand any mindset or psychology that can become waylaid by immersion This can happen with ego, ambition, sex, career, status, or any number of mundane obsessions This book does an excellent job of illustrating those diversive and sometimes destructive distortions of perspective which can result Not to mention the power of choice, awareness and deliberation The necessity of character, and how its lack is so consequential If we look at the book, its story, the characters, from this abstract perspective the story has much to offer indeed Well worth the read My rating standard is strict than most, just how I started, and like to keep the consistency This book would have earned a very high 4 stars from me except the ending I felt was weak relative to the rest of the book It s as if the last part was written by other authors Still good, but not as potent as the rest.
Ian Caldwell is an American novelist After graduating from Princeton University in 1998, he and his childhood friend Dustin Thomason co wrote the semi autobiographical The Rule of Four, which was published in 2004.Caldwell and Thomason graduated from the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, in Fairfax County, Virginia, in 1994 Caldwell was a Phi Beta Kappa in history at Princ
- 300 pages
- The Rule of Four
- Ian Caldwell
- 22 May 2018 Ian Caldwell