The Rule of Four

The Rule of Four

Book - 2004
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Now in paperback--the astonishing New York Times bestselling novel about two friends who find the key to a labyrinth that holds the secrets of an ancient text called the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. When a fellow researcher is murdered, they suddenly realize they are caught in a web of great danger.
Publisher: New York : Dial Press, 2004
ISBN: 9780440241355
0440241359
9780385337113
0385337116
Branch Call Number: CALD
Characteristics: 372 p. : ill., map
Additional Contributors: Thomason, Dustin

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AL_KATI Oct 07, 2016

I had such high hopes--the Renaissance and riddles!--for this and was ultimately disappointed. You could probably skip this.

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jameslomeli974
Jun 27, 2016

I'll reflect a quote from the book itself. "There is no worse thief, than a bad book"

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chogs
Mar 05, 2015

Could not get into this book.

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Lucchesa
Feb 01, 2014

I got to page 115, where one character says, "What do the Italians say? There's no worse thief than a bad book." Yep. If I'm not captivated after 115 pages of Renaissance setup & Princeton traditions, I have better books to spend my time on. This one goes back to the library.

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PeterWMC
Apr 27, 2012

This book describes the serious academic and personal rivalry among researchers examining the medieval text, Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. It is set at Princeton. It is worth reading if only for the description of the discovery and analysis of enciphered hidden meaning in that text.

Unfortunately it spends too much time on the undergraduate pranks and lifestyle which are, frankly, tedious.

Please do not compare it with Dan Brown's Da Vinci books: this book is in a different class.

Recommended.

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susarrey
Oct 14, 2011

Decent suspense/mystery story, definitely better than The Da Vinci Code, but reeks of Ivy League snobbishness and entitlement. Some parts were so overwritten and flowery they felt like a creative writing assignment in need of editing. What really turned me off though was that a major event towards the end of the book felt like a rip-off of Eco's masterpiece The Name of the Rose. Read that instead if you haven't already!

johnf108 Mar 16, 2011

This has been called a "thinking man's" Da Vinci code---that is an understatement. You won't put this book down.
I got a historian who never reads novels or watches TV/movies to read it---he did over a weekend and started translating the [real] manuscript the book is about.

cbarr Sep 03, 2009

This book contains one of my favorite passages illustrating the pleasures of reading: "In a dream once, I visited Firestone [Library] in the middle of the night and found it full of insects, thousands of bookworms wearing tiny glasses and sleeping caps, magically feeding themselves by reading stories. They wriggled from page to page, journeying through the words, and as tensions grew and lovers kissed and villains met their ends, the bookworms' tails began to glow, until finally the whole library was a church of candles swaying gently from left to right."

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