At first I was afraid to choose such a long book, but I never regretted my selection. Having lived in New York City for several years definitely helped make the settings of the stories more familiar. Regardless, this book tells the story of the United States through the eyes of the people of New York. Although it includes several different stories that happen years apart, they are all linked very nicely through generational ties and key details or objects that are passed down through the generations. They flow very well together. The main character in the final story is a descendant of the main character mentioned at the beginning of the book. I highly recommend it!
It's a good book, but towards the end the story becomes really strange and unbelievable. I think that the author went too far and the final twist to the story is very far fetched. He did a much better job in The Da Vinci Code.
Having being raised in Italy, I was also annoyed by the inaccuracies of the Italian expressions. The author clearly had no idea how to pronounce the words, but most of the errors are clearly also in the book. Several times the Swiss Guards referred to the Camerlengo (the Pope's personal assistant) as "Mr." instead of the proper title that they would really use to show respect for his position. I am really surprised that, after the amount of research that went into making this book, Dan Brown missed such simple inaccuracies.
Don't get me wrong, the book is good, but be ready for a rocky ending that is definitely not as good as the first 3/4 of the book.
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