The Rule of Four

The Rule of Four

A Novel

eBook - 2004
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"One part The Da Vinci Code, one part The Name of the Rose and one part A Separate Peace . . . a smart, swift, multitextured tale that both entertains and informs."--San Francisco Chronicle NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Princeton. Good Friday, 1999. On the eve of graduation, two friends are a hairsbreadth from solving the mysteries of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, a Renaissance text that has baffled scholars for centuries. Famous for its hypnotic power over those who study it, the five-hundred-year-old Hypnerotomachia may finally reveal its secrets--to Tom Sullivan, whose father was obsessed with the book, and Paul Harris, whose future depends on it. As the deadline looms, research has stalled--until a vital clue is unearthed: a long-lost diary that may prove to be the key to deciphering the ancient text. But when a longtime student of the book is murdered just hours later, a chilling cycle of deaths and revelations begins--one that will force Tom and Paul into a fiery drama, spun from a book whose power and meaning have long been misunderstood.BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Dustin Thomason's 12.21. "Profoundly erudite . . . the ultimate puzzle-book."--The New York Times Book Review
Publisher: 2004
ISBN: 9780440334958
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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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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