The Geographer's Library What hath Dan Brown wrought? In this ambitious debut, Paul Tomm, a cub reporter at a small-town Connecticut newspaper, attempts to write the obituary of… The Geographer's Library What hath Dan Brown wrought? In this ambitious debut, Paul Tomm, a cub reporter at a small-town Connecticut newspaper, attempts to write the obituary of… 2005-02-03 Fiction Penguin
Book Review

The Geographer's Library (2005)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Feb 03, 2005; Writer: Jon Fasman; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Penguin

What hath Dan Brown wrought? In this ambitious debut, Paul Tomm, a cub reporter at a small-town Connecticut newspaper, attempts to write the obituary of a local professor who, the coroner casually notes, ''possesses unusually smooth skin'' for a man of his age. The observant coroner is killed before he can say more, and as Tomm chips away at the prof's bizarre biography, Jon Fasman devotes alternating chapters to a murky, byzantine backstory that jumps from 12th-century Sicily to Soviet Kazakhstan to 1970s Ethiopia. There's a grand underlying plot in The Geographer's Library, but Fasman takes far too long stitching the pieces together, never achieving the momentum that makes The Da Vinci Code such a breathless read.

Originally posted Feb 07, 2005 Published in issue #806 Feb 11, 2005 Order article reprints
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