The Da Vinci Code is a mystery thriller novel by Dan Brown. It is Brown's second novel to . and Henry Lincoln, who authored the book Holy Blood, Holy Grail, in the program The Real Da Vinci Code, shown on British TV Channel 4. Brown solidifies his reputation as one of the most skilled thriller writers on the planet with his best book yet, a compelling blend of history and page-turning. The Da Vinci Code book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. An ingenious code hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci.
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"The Da Vinci Code is simply an entertaining story that promotes spiritual discussion and debate and suggests that the Book may be used to "as a positive . Too arcane for younger kids, better for adults. Read Common Sense Media's The Da Vinci Code review, age rating, and parents guide. goudzwaard.info: The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon) (): Dan Brown: Books.
What do you think Sophie observes here? How do the different designs differ in a symbolic sense? Why could this be important? What sort of relationship did they have with the Knights Templar? Do you think he has a hidden agenda? Describe its characteristics and origin. Do you think it is? What does Teabing mean by this statement? How does it connect to other symbols mentioned thus far?
What exactly is Langdon referring to here? How does her existence, according to Langdon and Teabing, challenge traditional Christian doctrine? What could be a reason for the author including this reference? Why does Teabing think this? Where do they wish to go and why? Why does Silas feel this way?
Is it surprising to see Silas in such a disadvantageous position? What do you believe Sophie should do? Why would the author include the actual text here? Why does it matter in this context? How does the author establish this mood? What is it and why is it important? What does this reveal about his character?
Construct your own theories. What do you think they should do? Support your argument with specific reasons. Do you believe Langdon cares enough about Teabing and Sophie to go forward with this threat? What are the implications of this?
Why is this revelation important? Or both? Was this expected or unexpected? He knew he had been betrayed, but by whom? Do you feel sympathy for Silas? Does his actual identity surprise you? Sauniere left the duo a trail of clues to find the true resting place of the holy grail, that is before Catholic fanatical sect Opus Dei beats them to it and destroys the information.
Through a intricate web of surveillance and bribes, however, Paris of chief police Bezu Fache believes that Langdon and Neveu to be guilty of Sauniere's murder. Ensuing, is a race through Paris and London to ensure that the grail and its secrets do not fall into the wrong hands.
Brown details centuries of religious symbols and information as he has Langdon and Neveu quest to keep the Priory's secrets safe. Along the way they meet a number of characters, never knowing if one is friend, foe, or double agent. As a result, the action is fast paced, intriguing, and even brain exercising as I thought alongside the pair to crack open the codes that Sauniere left for them.
In a structure of short chapters and changing points of view, Brown created a story that grew more thrilling as it went on. This created for an entertaining denouement which read quickly to the end. While it remains to be seen if the mysteries outlined in The DaVinci Code are fact, fiction, or somewhere in between, Dan Brown has created a fun concept that makes for thrilling summer reading.
The novel grew to be an international best seller and later made into a movie starring Tom Hanks. Even though movies are usually not as good as their novel counterparts, Brown's thriller should translate well onto screen as it is all action. The Pepys Project lead me to a summer reading adventure, which I rate 3. I look forward to Dan Brown's next installment starring Robert Langdon.
View all 28 comments. Aug 14, Nayra. View all 13 comments. The secret could completely change the history of humanity. In my country, Dominican Republic, this book caused a stir as Catholic church forbade its followers to read the book to find that the story is against the bases of their doctrine, achieving just the opposite.
I think it's the first book I read of the genre and it's so well written that I got hooked and could not stop reading it. The movie is very good, but nothing equals the book. View all 11 comments. Jun 23, Wayne rated it did not like it. I downloaded the book and put it on my ipod and began to listen to it on a long road trip. I found it engaging and the plot twisted and turned, jumping from scene to scene, back and forth in time. Really kept the reader on her toes. I'm not sure if I liked it, the writing style was pretty crude, but it kept me thinking.
About an hour into listening I realized that the ipod was on shuffle mode and in fact all the chapters were being shuffled. I groaned and started over. When played in a linear fas I downloaded the book and put it on my ipod and began to listen to it on a long road trip.
When played in a linear fashion I found it to be one of the mindless things ever. Jul 30, Steve rated it liked it. It's considered an unfair advantage using a cryptex box to solve this. View all 71 comments. For the most part, it seems that people either passionately love this book or they passionately hate it.
I happen to be one of the former. For my part, I don't see the book so much as an indictment of the Catholic Church in particular but of religious extremism and religion interfering in political process in general. The unwarranted political control granted to extreme religious organizations like the CBN is an issue that we will be forced to address one way or the other.
To my eye, our politic For the most part, it seems that people either passionately love this book or they passionately hate it. To my eye, our political process has been poisoned by it and the danger of theocracy is quite real. Furthermore, Brown's indictment of the Church for removing or suppressing feminine divinity figures is justified and needs a much closer look.
Women do not have enough of a role in religion, religious practice, heroic myths, and creation myths, nor are they portrayed as divinity figures enough. In short, our religious systems and institutions lack balance and have a bias to suppress issues, stories, and roles that empower women to live as equals to men.
Finally, Brown wrote his story simplistically, in my view, to spread his tale to as broad an audience as possible. Though it is not as pristine a narrative as, say, Umberto Eco, the message it conveys is one that needs to be heard.
In the meantime, Dan Brown is telling a story that needs to be told. It is one that has been kept quiet and in the dark for far too long. View all 26 comments. May 18, Warwick rated it did not like it Shelves: Exciting news for the blind and partially-sighted community, as the publishers release a Braille version: View all 7 comments.
Jun 28, Seth T. For cheap supermarket fiction, this sure was cheap supermarket fiction. It would have helped if this was the first book I had ever read.
Unfortunately, having read Curious George as a child a towering work of literary genius by comparison , The DaVinci Code suffered perhaps unjustly. View 2 comments. Nov 17, Jeremy rated it did not like it. This book, and everything written by Dan Brown to varying degrees , represent much of what I most dislike about pop literature.
First of all, Mr. Brown, despite teaching English at Amherst College, is a bad writer. This is not to say that I am a good writer. But I recognize a person who can't "show" you vivid scenes, he has to "tell you". Various characters wear expensive clothes. How do we know? The text says they're expensive. How do we know Mr. Langdon is brilliant? The text makes no bones a This book, and everything written by Dan Brown to varying degrees , represent much of what I most dislike about pop literature.
The text makes no bones about telling us. Langdon is also famous. Furthermore, Mr. Brown's books are ridiculously formulaic. This group is controlled by a larger group with dubious intentions that generally have to do with world domination. The protagonist is introduced as an "expert" whose credentials relate to the matter at hand, and who takes the job of hunting down the bad guys. He enlists the aid of an extremely avuncular, wise, benevolent helper. The avuncular father figure turns out to be pulling the strings of the assassins, is behind the original killing, and provides a forgettable monologue at the end where he pleas for understanding.
But our hero takes him down. The end. I'm sorry if I just ruined all Dan Brown's books for you. Finally, Mr. Brown likes to write about what he sees as religious conflicts. These conflicts take place between believers and non-. Unfortunately, he proves unable to adequately and convincingly describe these conflicts, because he reveals a striking inability to understand why people believe, in the first place. His highly religious characters therefore invariably turn out to be crazed nutjobs.
I don't like stories that exploit religion for entertainment, and then use the attention that they draw to this entertainment to subtly undermine the reasons for faith. But by all means, read the Da Vinci Code. People say it's smart. Others describe it as a fast-paced thriller with historical and theological implications.
It could've been in the hands of another author. View all 3 comments. May 07, Joey rated it did not like it. This book is non-stop action. This bo This book is non-stop action. View all 18 comments. Jun 24, Richard Derus rated it liked it. Book Circle Reads 11 Rating: My Review: Not one word.
I mean it. It is not Literature, it is not even particularly well-written farb, but it is undeniably a page-turning rip-snorting adventure story that pokes fun at christian religion. Therefore it is A-Okay with me. It's not about you. It's about normal people getting their entertainment from a book for once, instead of a TV or a gaming console. Why are you bitching? Who said you had to read it?
It's not about how much you love it. I didn't love it. I read the whole thing in a sitting and I wasn't about to get up until it was done, and that's saying a lot for someone whose life list of books read includes the snooty people's snootiest books. So yeah, three-star review is a huge vote of confidence from this source.
Religious christians: What in the hell are you doing reading my reviews?! Are you daft? I won't be saying anything nice about your imaginary friend any time soon. Pass on! Yes, the entirety of Siberia was deforested to print the book in its zillions. I feel bad about that too. Tell you what: Get out there and make hemp paper better for the environment, plus a smokeable side product!
Books will go down in price, forests will be saved, and the mellow quotient of the world will go up. Normal people: You've all read the book by now, right? If not, go to a used bookstore Brown's rich enough and pick a few up. It's a lot of fun.
View all 56 comments. Mar 26, CJ rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Caveat Academics!!! I won't belabor the obvious, as it's been done quite well by other reviewers, but I just couldn't stand not to add my own "hear hear!
Whoever edited this drivel ought to be sewn in a sack with a rabid raccoon and flung into Lake Michigan. And just as a matter of good taste - your expert should not be an expert in everything under the sun. That's one of the Caveat Academics!!! That's one of the hallmarks of poor writing.
Even if I were not a practicing pagan, I would find it stretching credibility that every single item the characters run across is a symbol of goddess worship. Five pointed star? Goddess worship. Porcelain toilet bowl?
Pilot ball point pen? You get the general idea. Not only is every item part of the mythology of the divine feminine, but every number is also part of the divine feminine.
And some of the claims of symbolism are just plain wrong, as the editor would have found out if he'd bothered to do some fact checking. Remember those military chevrons that, because of the way they were pointed, represented the female divine and those poor slobs of soldiers had been running around all these countless centuries with goddess symbols flaunted on their uniforms without knowing it? The only problem with that premise is that the chevrons facing in their current direction is relatively recent - according to my military historian husband, they faced the OPPOSITE direction for quite some time before being reversed for what reason, I have no idea My theology professor ended up traveling around the country giving talks about this book to thousands of interested people.
He loves the book if only because he's now giving pretty much the same information that he used to give to dozing freshman and sophomores to packed theaters of interested listeners. He tells a story about being somewhere in southern Ohio and making a joking remark about the celice being something that all Catholics wore and how now the secret was out, and there was a lady in the back row who elbowed her husband and said "See?
I told you so! Honestly, you don't need to make anything up about the Catholic church to point out that it's been the source of some horrible things. I could go on about the poor research and editing in this book, but others have done a pretty thorough job of finding the problems with it. If you want a decent page turner, go for it. If you want something well researched and accurate, give this one a big ol' pass. May 06, Jason Koivu rated it did not like it. Got about 15 pages in and couldn't continue for the tears of laughter and rage filling my eyes.
Seriously, the writing is laughably bad, so bad I couldn't see straight. I had to put it down. No way am I going to willingly subject myself to torture. And yet, at times I do. That's led me to wonder why. I think it's because some books, while bad, are not horrible to the bone and I hold out hope that they might salvage a rough start and shine by the end. I want to enjoy what I'm reading. I always go i Got about 15 pages in and couldn't continue for the tears of laughter and rage filling my eyes.
I always go into a book hoping for the best, a pleasurable diversion, or perhaps a lesson learned. I never hope a book sucks. When I finally get around to reading a ragingly popular book such as The Da Vinci Code and it turns out to be a clanger, I'm not happy.
I hate when my reading experiences are painful. This is supposed to be a happy occasion! Reading a bad book means I'm going to have to write a negative review, which in turn means I'll attract more trollish defenders of the book, and ain't nobody got time for that!
Oct 08, Leo. Illuminati and Club of Rome. Is Dan Brown illuminated or enlightened? The premise of such books is that there's no such thing as a random happening; meanwhile, though bestsellers aren't exactly conspiracies, most huge publishing successes can be traced back to a web of connected events, so that form and content collide to an unusual degree.
For example, Peter Benchley's Jaws was probably a good enough story to find readers at any time, but became a mids sensation because the implications of the plot - horrible, sudden death in a holiday resort - reflected the neuroses of an affluent American generation enduring both a cold war and an oil war. Helen Fielding spotted that young unmarrieds were a social grouping without a literature; Allison Pearson noticed the same gap for working mums. And coming up to two years after September 11, - roughly the time it takes conventional fiction publishing to respond to cultural shifts - what did we find unstoppably atop the American fiction charts?
Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code , pages of irritatingly gripping tosh, offers terrified and vengeful Americans a hidden pattern in the world's confusions. When bad things happen, Brown reassures us, it is probably because of the machinations of a 1,year-old secret society which is quietly running the world, though often in conflict with another hidden organisation. Certainly, the novel's success can be attributed to those who read Nostradamus and believe that the smoke from the blazing twin towers formed the face of the devil or Osama bin Laden.
What happens in The Da Vinci Code is Anyway, my lips are now level, so let's go. Art expert Jacques Sauniere is discovered murdered in the Louvre, having somehow found the strength in his last haemorrhaging moments to arrange his body in the shape of a famous artwork and leave a series of codes around the building.