Langdon’s Journey through Creation to Entropy to Edmond Kirsch.

aanya khandelwal
4 min readJan 23, 2021

Leaving us all awestruck once again, unable to stop flipping the pages bountiful with revelations was Dan Brown’s Origin. Another typical Robert Langdon story, and boy oh boy did it not miss the miraculous way Brown intricately combines fiction with non-fiction to create a tell-tale exceptional thriller.

It has been four months since my ethereal addiction of Brown’s books has dawned into existence. Let’s place it that his spectacular way to spinning and weaving a delicate story and creating a thought provoking experience is more than just enjoyable, it is virtuous.

Critics hither and critics tether, all along the way. But I think it is time to give Brown more than just a critique for his claims on the Catholic Church or the Christian story of creation. He’s caught our attention time and time again with each and every release of his Langdon books.

Brown could not have chosen a better man to play the lead role in any of his novels. Knowledgeable and insightful, Robert Langdon, a Harvard professor for Religious Symbology who travels across the globe providing more than expressive and intuitive adventures is an audience grabber. His eye for detail, eidetic memory and continuous falls into his past lectures are Brown’s imaginative and propelling ways to make his readers much more knowledgable at the end of the read.

Origin, one of the most latest releases of Langdon’s journey borrowed a token from the Da Vinci Code. We’re back at solving the mysteries of the universe, only this time; even better. Set in Spain and Barcelona, the clarity with which Dan is able to persuade readers into believing the trail that Edmond Kirsch leaves us onto have left many in awe.

We find Langdon at the Guggenheims Museum in Bilbao, Spain, trying to digest the modern art before him. We get introduced to a man who was formerly part of the Spanish Armada, Luis Ávila. We gain quick insights into their lives and then get ushered ahead into the frame of Prince Julian of the Royal Family in Spain and his fiancée Ambra Vidal.

Moving forward we are informed about Edmond Kirsch and his meeting with the Holy Trinity. Subtly enough we are informed of of Syed al-Fadl, the allamah going missing. Edmond Kirsch, one of the most influential game theorists and technologically inclined man you could find, made money in the billions for his perfect predictions of the future.

Keenly, we are guided through the museum, whilst gaining information about the new type of headset with bone conduction technology and a meek introduction to Winston. Moving forward, we are shown Edmond Kirsch’s presentation about the question of where we came from and where we are going.

Rapidly we see Edmond assassinated on the spot and it now comes into the hands of Ambra Vidal and Langdon to release his presentation to humanity. Furthermore, we get to know that Winston is a highly advanced technology, an AI with human like abilities.

As time warps we follow Prince Julian and his elderly father in the Royal Palace of Spain, as we see politics clash and Bishop Valdespino trying to mend the broken wounds of the nation. Following death, technology and accidents, we finally find Langdon and Ambra along with the witty Winston (named after Churchill himself) broadcasting the presentation Edmond had in mind to the hundreds of millions of people watching.

Unearthing the origin of life, Brown as Kirsch claims that the Miller-Urey experiment was in fact a success and that life was formed for a primordial reason. Entropy. Supported by many real claims, entropy massively conquered Kirsch’s claims about how life came about in the primordial soup of Earth.

Kirsch claims to have massive technology that rapidly sped up evolution on a computer simulation and brought us to a question. Where are we going now? He projected the rise of AI and Sapiens to usher a combined species; one that could not exist without the other.

Brown has been heavily criticized on his writing, especially by the hands of Christian and Catholic theists. What he may say is a reign of his own ideologies and thoughts. His claims against the Christian beliefs of Creation have been questioned time and time again in his Robert Langdon books and has been an ever existing central theme.

Brown does not fail to cater to the millions of readers who cannot stop devouring his books time and time again. Like always, Langdon never fails to satisfy either. With this plot turning, stomach churning, nail biting thriller novel; I can assure you; you’ll be wanting more.