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Angels and Demons

Dan Brown

QUESTIONS AND TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION

1. What is your view of Robert Langdon? What motivates him to find out more about the circumstances of Leonardo Vetra's death? Is it merely academic interest? Aside from his scholarly knowledge, what else in Langdon's background helps him succeed during this adventure?

2. Discuss the other characters' motivations for their actions, both the "villains" and "heroes" in the story, including Vittoria, the Hassassin, the camerlengo, Cardinal Mortati, and Maximilian Kohler.

3. Angels and Demons is filled with examples of science versus religion, a debate that has raged for centuries. Is there room in the world for both science and religion? Is one likely to render the other obsolete? Would you rather live in a world without science...or in a world without religion?

4. Were you aware of the existence of CERN prior to reading this book? What is your opinion of the work they conduct, particularly in regard to antimatter technology?

5. Discuss Vittoria's role in the story. How does her knowledge as a scientist come into play? Leonardo Vetra was both a scientist and a priest. How did he reconcile these two seemingly disparate entities? In what ways did her father's beliefs influence Vittoria's own opinions of science and religion?

6. When he first meets Maximilian Kohler, Langdon tells him he is "undecided on miracles... . I study religious symbology — I'm an academic, not a priest" (21). Does Langdon change his view on miracles by the end of the book?

7. Had you heard of the Illuminati before reading Angels and Demons? The Illuminati is rumored by some to be active today. Do you believe this is true? What is the enduring fascination with conspiracy theories? Given what Dan Brown reveals about the history of the Illuminati, is their alleged vendetta against the Vatican justified?

8. Camerlengo Carlo Ventresca emerges as one of the most complex characters in the story. What was your opinion of the camerlengo when he is first introduced? How about by the end of the book?

9. What role do the media play in the events that unfold? How about Glick and Macri in particular? The media were not interested in covering the election of a new pope until there was tragedy involved. How much influence do the media have on what information is relayed to the public? Is it true, as Glick believes, that "viewers didn't want truth anymore; they wanted entertainment" (190)?

10. The novel takes place during a 24-hour period. How does this narrative structure heighten the suspense in the story? What red herrings does the author use to keep the reader guessing? Did you anticipate any of the events in the story?

11. What did you find to be most compelling about Angels and Demons — the action scenes, the characters, the setting, the history, or something else entirely?

12. Discuss the novel's ending. Do you think the Vatican (and Robert and Vittoria) made the right decision to keep the events that took place secret from the public?

13. In an interview on his website (www.danbrown.com), Dan Brown said that Angels and Demons "opens some Vatican closets most people don't even know exist." Did you learn anything about the Vatican, its practices, and its history that surprised you?

14. In the same interview Dan Brown goes on to say, "The final message of the novel, though, without a doubt, is a positive one." What do you see as the ultimate message of the book?

15. Have you visited Rome? If so, do you recall seeing the Illuminati symbolism that Dan Brown describes in the book, such as at the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona? If you have not been to Rome, has reading Angels and Demons inspired you to make a visit?

16. If you've read Robert Langdon's second adventure, The Da Vinci Code, compare the two books. What similarities do the stories share? How does the character of Rober Langdon change?

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Christina Mays, January 6, 2010 (view all comments by Christina Mays)
Angels & Demons was even better than The DaVinci Code. It was full of excitement and kept me turning pages rapidly until the end. The book surpassed the movie so well that it was no comparison. I read dozens of books every month and this was the book that sprung to mind when asked for the best book that I have ever read.
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jeffsundin, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by jeffsundin)
Good read and full of action.
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lisaray, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by lisaray)
Excellent. I felt this to be the best of the series, by far.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743486224
Editor:
Bestler, Emily
Publisher:
Atria Books
Author:
Brown, Dan
Location:
New York
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Papacy
Subject:
Vatican city
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Horror - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Adventure fiction
Subject:
Papacy - Vatican City
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Subject:
The Da Vinci Code; Tom Hanks; Italy; Catholic Church; Jesuits; Corpus Dei; codes; secret codes; art history; Mona Lisa; The Last Supper; Leonardo Da Vinci; The Lost Symbol; Inferno; Dante; Robert Langdon; Christianity; Mary Magdalene; cryptology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
108-203
Publication Date:
July 2003
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
9.48x6.40x1.59 in. 1.73 lbs.

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