Despite the "Gates of Hell" controversy involving Dan Brown's latest novel, I decided to read it. As much as possible, I try to be tolerant of my fellow human beings and respect them for their personal views and opinions. I understand they have a right to express whatever they feel and whether it is offensive or controversial is beyond the point.
I had made up my mind to read "Inferno" the moment I heard Dan Brown had a new novel. And the controversy in no way influenced me to grab a copy. It was just an after thought or like an extra bonus that comes with a promo priced item.
"Inferno" is the second book I am reading on my computer and not in hard bound or paper back form. The first one was a sleazy novel and come to think of it, I haven't read parts 2 and 3 of that yet another controversial book.
The advantage is I don't fall asleep while reading because I have to sit up and glue my eyes to the monitor while the con is I have so many distractions (like playing Candy Crush and chatting on Skype with my sister) as I tend to multitask while I am online.
I am still in the middle part of the novel as I like to take my time reading each page. I also have this habit of googling for images of the venues which Dan Brown so elaborately describes in his books. That way I add a more visual approach to the text.
It also helps that I've visited the places he mentions so it serves as a walk down memory lane of my trips to Florence and Venice, Italy. Although it wasn't as thrilling and as adventurous as the one that Robert Langdon is experiencing in the novel, it still puts me in a nostalgic mood.
This was taken in March 2001 in front of the Fountain of Neptune in Florence, Italy. It is situated on the Piazza della Signoria (Signoria square) adjacent of the imposing Palazzo Vecchio.