Review: “The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown

Just read it; unable to fathom what all the hype is about….

The novel opens with the murder of Louvre’s (Paris) elderly curator, whose body is found covered in baffling symbols. It’s up to Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and cryptologist Sophie Neveu to solve the mystery shrouding this murder. What is more startling is that the curator was a member of a secret society,”priory of Sion”, whose other notable members were Da Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton and Victor Hugo…
Before his death, Sauniere (curator)
left codes and clues hidden in works of Leonardo Da Vinci, which leads to one of the greatest hidden secrets in history. It’s a race against a faceless adversary to solve the clues, otherwise one of the greatest truths would be lost forever.

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There are many refrences to Leonardo Da Vinci masterpieces throughout the book…
Saniere body was found in imitation of Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous “Vitruvian man”

First, this novel is full of information dumps, especially those calm soliloquies which main characters are so fond of, while chased down by cops and assassins. Character profiles are weakly drawn coupled with the fact that dialogue is rudimentary. Another fact showing poor writing is that the protagonist knows everything, elevating its status from a simple mortal to a living demigod. This idea may catch with video gamers and kids, who fall for character’s awesomeness but in reality it’s poor writing.
Reading this I felt my IQ plummetting down the slope, any twist or proceeding even if it is obvious, is shoved right under the reader’s nose, like the reader is unable to grasp it.
It’s a mystery novel but without any sense of foreshadowing and is based on Brown’s formula, bearing many similarities to his other books especially decption point.

Coming to novel content and historical facts, I would have paid any heed to these ravings, if only Dan Brown had been an accomplished researcher or even just a historian. Fortunately, this is not the case: at best, research is self-serving and a collection of conspiracy theories. Assessments and deductions can only be regarded as tinfoil theories; acceptable only to conspiracy theorists. No matter how open-minded you are, facts are way out of the believable domain and are touching the boundary of ludicrousy.
The most frustating thing is first page titled facts, and Dan Brown’s statements that if he had written it as non-fiction, it would not have been much different… in other words, accordin to him, this novel is historically accurate and every fact& event stated is true.

In short, this is an ordinary page-turning thriller, aimed to mock christanity. The only reason for its success seems to be conspiracy theorists. Much of awe inspired is the result of proliferate refrences and involvement of art masterpieces (painting and architecture) throughout the novel.

Rating: 2/5

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