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2.0 out of 5 starsPoor understanding of Christianity
Reviewed in the United States on May 1, 2020
I tried to read this novel in a way I could enjoy a puzzle and it received 2 stars for this aspect. However it lost my 3 additional stars for the woeful degree of research that went into some of his writing he claims as fact. When using actual historical events and ideas, a writer better have his or her facts straight. Mr Brown does not. Gnosticism has nothing whatsoever to do with the thinking that Jesus was merely human. Quite the opposite. Gnostics believed Jesus was more spirit than anything else. Like a ghost who only appeared to take on human form. The idea that Christianity removed females from the limelight is again false. There are a number of instances that Jesus bestowed a special privilege on women, including the woman who broke the jar of perfume and put the perfume on Jesus (Jesus rebuked a disciple in that instance), and when women were the first to the tomb and witness the risen Jesus. The idea that the temple was a place of sexual rites that God condoned is ludicrous. Anything close to that happening is when Israel slid into idolatry. The idea that the gnostic gospels are credible and that the Bible that we have contains myth. If you read Luke and Acts the man who wrote those books claimed it was factual history. The gnostic gospels have been proven over and over again to have been written at least a century or longer after the events portrayed. On the other hand the books we have are shown to have been written within the lifetime of people who witnessed the events portrayed.
I love the fact that Mr. Brown pulls on our shared global knowledge of certain works of art then expands on those with less widely know artworks that are just as amazing, I spend a good half my time looking at Google images of the works he described.
He also does what many authors aspire to do, makes the world think, ponder and question what we take for granted as solid fact. As he mentioned specifically in this book, it is the victors who write history, and how many events of all history are either skewed to favor the current ruling parties or completely rewritten to change what was the previous "known" history. This makes me wonder how much truth has been lost over the centuries (too much) and just what the actual truth may be. This book has sparked many a theological discussion as well as getting many people who never were that "into" art, interested in the idea that art is another form of recording our past and how art has been used throughout time to support governments, subvert governments, and tell the story of humanity.
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2019
I had such a hard time getting into this maze of suspicions, hearsay and contrived subplots. I got bored with all the unnecessary ramblings about scenery. All that hype about this book. I’m not overly religious and wasn’t offended as a zealot might have been. This was a mishmash of different theories that had me bored to tears. At least I can applaud myself for struggling through 3/4 of this book.
Having put this book off for years because I detest following the crowd, I finally picked it up last week and added it to the virtual books on the nightstand (I.e.Kindle open books.) Instead of the heavy, religious themed read I expected, I found a fanciful tale of secret societies, secret codes, and espionage that kept my interest until the end, far longer than I initially expected. In a few years, I no doubt will read it again and let the story flow as it was meant, now that my preconceived prejudices are proven false.
It is true that the novel is fast-paced to an extent. The plot does zoom from one improbable scenario to another, but at the same time, Robert Langdon spends the first third of the book trying to escape the Louvre. I am not enough of an authority on history or the conspiracy theories Brown mentions to be able to speak to the accuracy of the novel, but I can say that Brown expects his reader to believe coincidence and leaps of logic that even the worst thriller writers would be embarrassed to attempt to get away with. I actually stopped reading at page 244 which is exactly 50% of the way through, when Langdon wrapped a cryptex in his coat to pass it off as a baby. The story is corny to the nth degree.
1.0 out of 5 starsA night lasts a long time in France – nearly 400 pages.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 11, 2021
As an exercise is sheer pretentiousness this book is hard to beat although Dan Brown’s other books (apparently) come close to the mark.
The pages are littered with absurdities. Opening the book at random (page 343) we learn that “Q” (German for Quelle after form and literary scholars Bultmann and Dibelius) might have been written by Christ Himself. The source common to Matthew and Luke (Q) but not from Mark might have been available as a written document but, like the synoptic gospels, more likely part of the oral tradition. And in the days before mass literacy where is the evidence that a carpenter was literate? Writing was undertaken by scribes whose services were costly – not carpenters.
Glancing at the previous page (342) is an example of the excruciating dialogue.
Chuckling Teabing: “It was here in France that she gave birth to a daughter. Her name was Sarah.” Dumb Sohpie: “They actually know the child’s name?” (He’s just mentioned the child’s name so why ask?)
Chuckling Teabing: “Countless scholars of that era chronicled Mary Magdalene’s days in France, including the birth of Sarah and the subsequent family tree.” Dumb Sohpie: “There exists a family tree of Jesus Christ?” (He’s just said there is a family tree so why ask?)
Every page is just as bad but one doesn’t have to get past the first for an inkling of the contents. It states as a fact that the ‘Priory of Sion’ was founded in 1099 when in reality it was founded and dissolved in 1956.
Strip away the pretentious nonsense masquerading as something academic and all one is left with is a paper-thin and utterly absurd plot.
Lastly, it’s not often that an author uses an adjective ‘sacred’ to describe an adjective ‘feminine’ – something that’s repeated ad nauseam in the book. But there again what grammatical sense can you expect from something coined, not in antiquity, but in the 1970’s for the so-called New Age.
4.0 out of 5 starsA very smart and intriguing book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 24, 2020
Writing a review for the Da Vinci Code is probably like writing a review for the Harry Potter series - everybody has likely read it, if it not then they know what it's about. But whilst reading you can't help but admire the smarts, intrigue and research that's gone into creating this novel. The characters are weak but aren't the main point of the book, it's all about the mystery, the cliff hangers and the countless questions that it brings up.
5.0 out of 5 starsOne of the best murder mystery novels I have read ever
Reviewed in India on January 25, 2018
One of the best murder mystery novels I have read ever. This is the book that a person must have in his self.It won't let you to leave in between and make you to reach to next page as there is a suspense on each and every page.If you are looking for a decent book to read from than beleive me this is the one.Albeit the book is a bit of lengthy one but it doesn't count when it comes to suspense and mystery it holds within itself just go for it.This site is doing very good job by making us available what we need and that too in short stint of time..I loved the book hope you will also love the book its full of fervent..Don't forget to write a reveiw on the product you buy as that will help others to choose from..
Louvre curator jacques sauniere is fatally shot one night, with his body posed in the work of leonardo da vinci, the french police call on robert langdon to decode a cryptic message left by sauniere in the final minutes of his life, this starts off a chain of events involving the search for the holy grail.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 22, 2021
A good story well told. I enjoyed this book. Downside there is a lot of explaining goes on that sometimes gets a little tiresome. I don't know if the detail could be avoided without losing the story and it was that consideration that allows me to excuse it. Five stars would have been easy otherwise.