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I read this book when it first came out and I remember saying the above many times during it and immediately after the last page.
The plot centres around symbologist Robert Langdon and French cryptographer Sophie Neveu who during this fast paced mystery thriller each play their part in unravelling one of the oldest mysteries of all time.
There is conspiracy on an unimaginable scale, thrills, action, drama and more make up this brilliant page turner, after the first chapter I felt a part of the story itself and was hooked. Brown has a way of catching a reader and quickly pulling them in. The scenes provide stunning detail, the characters very deep, the mystery too intriguing to stop reading.
I was blown away and fascinated by a lot of the symbology, it is a subject that really interests me and here it is touched on regularly, mixed up with other things that will no doubt get you wanting more of this book.
This was the first Dan Brown book I read and it wasn't the last, read this and you will be hooked, if you enjoy thrillers, mystery, conspiracies and great in depth characters then the Da Vinci Code is one for you.
One suggestion I would give would be to read the book before seeing the movie, this is usually the best option but I personally found this book in particular far better than the motion picture, which I did also enjoy.
Ive now read this book twice and i would probably pick it up again in a years time. weather your a big reader or just a night time reader this book is great. It has many but relatively short chapters so if you wanted to read but felt fairly tired this would probably just finish you off to go to sleep. This story goes int so much detail and really gets you involved and thinking about things you wouldn't usually do which is after all one of the reasons we pick up a novel. Dan brown along with his other books did an amazing job on this and anyone who enjoyed the film has to read this as it goes into so much more detail and gets you lost and engrossed into it all. It also is not long until you find it getting interesting unlike some books Ive read where im on the 8th chapter and yet nothing has happened !
Overall an amazing book would and have advised many people to pick it up as a read !
This book is fantastic.
If you want a roller-coaster journey through the streets of Paris, where old 'myths' come alive, this is for you.
Written in a sophisticated style, Dan Brown creates an atmosphere second to none. Having said that, I read this book at the age of 15 and was relatively happy with most of the vocabulary used.
Brown has an ability to pull his readers in, and this book is one of his best. You follow Robert Langdon (a character who is in many of Brown's books), a man of incredible talent. His journey in this book will entangle you, you will not be able to put this book down.
The book tends to have 3 or 4 sub-plots running simultaneously. I can understand why this may prove problematic for some people, but Brown manages to make it easy to slip in and out of each sub-plot with ease.
Buy this book, it's well worth the money.
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown tells the story of renowned Harvard symbologist, Robert Langdon. It is his most famous book, becoming a world wide phenomenon a few years ago, where everyone rushed out to buy it - me included.
Readers of other Dan Brown novels will know that this book is actually the sequel to Angels and Demons, however, I, like plenty of other people, fell into the trap of reading this one first. It is by no means a complete follow on from Angels and Demons, it is for the most part a completely different story, however there are some references to events from Angels and Demons at the beginning of the book.
The novel starts with a central character named Jacques Sauniere being chased through the galleries of the Louvre by a hooded assailant called Silas. The assailant wants to know the location of the 'keystone', but Sauniere refuses to tell him. He barricades himself into one of the galleries, but the assailant shoots him through the metal bars.
Meanwhile, Langdon is in town to give a lecture on symbology, and is soon summoned by Bezu Fache, the local Police Captain. Langdon believes he has been summoned to understand why Sauniere has positioned himself like the Vitruvian Man (an extremely famous drawing by Leonardo Da Vinci), he is unaware that Fache is sure that he, Langdon, committed the murder.
A police cryptographer soon turns up to the scene of the crime, and tells Langdon she has a phone message for him, and that he should dial a certain number to access it. In reality, she has left a message on her own phone, telling Langdon that he is in danger, and that he is suspected of committing this awful crime. She introduces herself as Sophie Neveu, who we later find out to be Jacques Sauniere's granddaughter.
What follows is an action packed read - the book really does hold so many twists and turns. Sophie helps Langdon to escape from Fache, and they both go on the run, all the while trying to work out the mystery themselves.
Other important characters introduced along the way include Sir Leigh Teabing, Robert's old friend who is an expert on all things about the Holy Grail, and Bishop Aringarosa, a Catholic bishop, who is like a father to Silas.
You find out plenty of information along the way about the Priory of Sion and its previous grand masters, which included Sauniere and Da Vinci himself. You also find out about 'The Teacher', the person giving Silas his orders to find the keystone and the grail.
The novel really keeps you guessing until the end- about not only who The Teacher is, but also to the location of the Holy Grail.
A worthy read.
I have just finished reading this fantastic book!! I hadn't really read any of dan brown's books, but lots of people had told me that all of his books especially this one was brilliant! I have now read all of his major books and I must say the Da vinci Code is by far the best one. I read this book almost non stop for 2 days, taking any chance I had to read a few pages. I was given the oppertunity to read the special illistrated edition of the book, although it was quite alot bigger than the normal size book it was miles better because it had some pictures of the places thatthey were talking about in the book.
At times I had tears of laughter and right at the end I had tears of sadness, not for the bad writing but for the brilliant ending! It can be a very informative book, even more so if you have thought about going to paris, it gives you very detailed descriptions of where theyare and what the places look like.
I think Dan Brown is a genius in his ownright with this book, I loved it from the minute I picked it u to the minute I put it down, I was hooked from the very first line. Lots of people have recommended this book to me in the past but I never believed I would like it. Turns out I was very wrong, as now I have read everyone of his books!!!
It has humour, thrills which can keep you on the edge of your seat at times, it can be very fast paced at times so you will nedd to keep your wits about you as you can't always see whats coming next, most of the time when you do realise whats coming next you will notice that you had already thought about it!
I was so engrossed in this book at times I forgot where I was, the story really pulls you inside and leaves you gunning for Sophie and Robert to A. escape from the french police and B. you really want them to get together!
If you are like me in any way when you read a book, you find yourself running along with them and trying to help them work out the clues to find the Holy Grail!!
A fantastic book all round.
I picked this book up at an airport and read it on a long plane flight. It is a good fun read, not high literature but gripping and interesting. Although the plot involving various extraordinary revelations about the history of the church is detailed and convincing it should be taken with a pinch of salt. This is light reading and I am puzzled at the attention which has since been lavished on the details by its readers. I think it should occur to most of these people that enough time has been spent studying biblical history to make the idea of a novelist revealing all in thriller form rather far fetched, but I appear to be in a minority on this one. It certainly did not make me want to rush out and buy further books by this author as the writing style is pretty basic and holds your attention in rather the same way as a salacious story in a tabloid newspaper. By the end I felt rather ashamed that I had been so taken in by what in hindsight is a rather slight tale, with little to offer but a shallow taste of sensation. Still that probably sounds a bit pompous, as a book for an uncomfortable plane journey it was ideal.
I suppose the most delicious irony of many in this exhilarating and enthralling page turner which has been such a phenomena around the world is that it has out-sold the Bible, the traditional annual best-seller on the planet since time began and a book, of course, the 'DaVinci Code' narrative tries extremely hard to discredit with its altogether different interpretation of the holy text. There has quite simply been nothing like this in recent memory as far as adult fiction\thriller sales go (not including Harry Potter of course!) and you can imagine a similar frenzy 2000 years previous when word of mouth was at full pelt for another, equally debatable scripture. That nutty preacher in Florida really should be burning copies of this if he wants to get attention for his redneck church.
Anything that gets adults reading should not be mocked, as has been the case with this book by the literary snobs, making themselves know on this site by their ratings of the book. They read books that win the Booker Prize but those books read by less people than you can get on a buss at rush hour. Not because the books are too intellectually challenging but because they are dull.
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A few years back just about every book shop in Britain had herringbone blocks of Dan Browns classic stacked up like a builder's yard, encouraging yet more enormous purchases of his other reads, also piled up in the corner of Waterstone's, Angels and Demons the best of the others. So prolific is Dan Brown that he had more combined gross sales than Tom Clancy and Stephen King put together in 2005 when the book was unleashed. Such is this books intoxicating mix of hype and conjecture, history and intrigue, reality and fiction around the search for the greatest religious prize of all through history, to many, by the end of it you are convinced that the DaVinci code mysteries may well be true and somewhere lays the sacred time bomb that could rewrite and destabilize everything we know in history, especially religion. To others it was a poorly written film script and should be dismissed out of hand.
Heralded and respected French historian 'Jacques Sauniere', the curator of the 'Louver' gallery in Paris, is 'gunned down' deep in the museums catacombs late at night, Silas, a mysterious Albino religious fanatic, the killer, Sauniere, an old and terrified man under the dimmed blood red gallery lighting fearing his end as the torture begins. An enlightened and determined Silas, sent by the Papal envoy on this less than divine mission, has already killed three people tonight and the French man is the last on his list. Gouged and bleeding profusely and left alone to die with nowhere to seek sanctuary, an increasingly frantic Sauniere scrawls blood on his chest as his life ebbs away, a clue so profound that when decoded will pass on the greatest secret off all, something he must do before he dies to keep that knowledge alive.
Arrogant 'Inspector Fache' is the blustery head of the French gendarme, assigned to the case and quickly has a number one suspect for the murder, American professor Robert Langdon. He is listed in a magazine as one of Americas most intriguing men, 'Harrison Ford in Harrison Tweed', and is in Paris to meet the now dead Sauniere after an e-mail correspondence, both working in similar fields of ancient codes and hieroglyphs, 'invited' to the crime scene by the squat French detective to be interrogated.
Also important to the case is Sophie, an agent and code breaker with the French equivalent of the F.B.I., Liaising with Faches unit, she called because the now deceased curator has left a message that seems to be in some sort of cipher on his body. It quickly becomes clear to Langdon that he may well be the number one suspect and has few friends in this foreign and extremely bureaucratic land, other than his embassy. But the beautiful female cryptologist also has an interest in Langdon and wants to get him as far away from the crime scene as possible..
Under extreme duress and tension the opening code is cracked and the two slip their leash, which sends them on a quest of such gigantic consequence it goes to the very heart of the fabric of our society we live in. But powerful and connected people want to stop them, discovering the real truth off the divine prize the end game that just can't happen for the all-powerful Catholic Church. Soon it becomes clear that Leonardo DaVinci, a man that both Sauniere and Langdon knew well through their work, is the clue to the mystery and with the great masters most famous piece hanging in the gallery they are about to flee, then where better to start.
Most of us have now read this book. Some of us foolishly watched the C4 documentary first that spoilt the mid book twist. How ever you get hold of it you knew you had to as it's quite simply one of the best fiction thrillers we will ever read. Nothing is more enticing than a good old treasure seeking tale that mixes fact with theory, fiction with myth, and when our most respected scholars say there's more than a lick of reality to those myths you can't help but be pulled in. What's extremely unique about this book is you could pretty much open it at any page and be hooked immediately it's that good.
Although 600 pages long they will be a blur like a Humming Birds wings over the aroma of a succulent flower and you will bomb through it in a week like I did in July as it's that addictive reading. I have never taken such a short time to read a book this chunky and it was word of mouth, not some cynical marketing campaign, that led me to it and which made it the world's best seller. What I especially like about this book is the history lesson the author Dan Brown takes us on as we learn all about DaVinici and how the great scholars and artists of the time used codes and hidden messages in their work to tell a different story of history, something they had to do so not to accused of being heretics and unbelievers. Did that enigmatic smile of the Mona Lisa mean she, too, has been giving the secret of all things?
Leonardo, to give away those secrets, also used something they call the 'Divine building block', a ubiquitous mathematical equation that is prevalent in everything we see and do. The PHI ratio of.1.618 is a reoccurring and spooky measurement that seems to dictate our very existence and form on this planet, and when you read about it here the mind will indeed boggle. There's underlying order in all chaos and once you have got your head around that the author then throws the wondrous Finabache numbers at you, equally prevalent in chaos and structure. There's an excellent low budget movie called 'Pi' that you would enjoy that explains all about this stuff. But it's the book that makes you interested in this stuff. It's also intriguing to delve into the world of DiVinci, a man in his own right who is supposed to have known the great secret that the books main characters seek. I love this whole thing where he used extreme math's to create his master pieces and how still today we can look at his original work and see the clues he has passed on from that Biblical grape vine.
"Only the winner's write ancient history", a line taking from the book, is a suitable tribute to Browns enjoyable bit of fun. This is a real mystery and the book brilliantly brings that theory and legend to life through the mysterious codes and genuine history throughout the book as we are taken on a real journey that many scholars and believers have followed and adhered to long before Mr Brown was born. In a literal sense I suppose you could say that this book is an ironic metaphor for the truth that they have always sort. To Catholics is yet another threat that dates their anachronistic religion even more as Islam begins to take over the world.
I have always been a fan of thrillers and crime mysteries, spending most of my childhood years with my head in an Agatha Christie novel. 'The Da Vinci Code', written by the fabulous Dan Brown, offers all of the suspense and the intrigue of those classic novels, but in a slightly more modern and stylish way. He writes elegantly and fleuntly, and in a way that makes the book very 'readable' and extremely enjoyable. I found myself unable to put the book down, desperate to know what happens next.
Part of the reason that I love 'The Da Vinci Code' quite so much is that apart from being an avid reader of crime novels, I also love solving puzzles, form jigsaws to sudoku to the cryptic crossword in the paper, I love an intellectual challenge. This book really taps in to this love, with the whole thing being one long puzzle, that you can try to solve as the characters do so. The story revolves around the two central characters, the loveable yet slightly old fashioned Robert Langdon, and the pretty young Sophie Neveu, as they try to solve various clues to solve the mystery. These two make an intriguing pair, and are both very likeable and believable. They also both have excellent minds, as must the author, Dan Brown, to have thought up the complex storyline and to have written such a wonderful book. There are also lots of intesting facts and ideas within the book which really make you think about what could go on behind the doors of great established institutions like the Church. Much of what Brown postulates about is probably fiction, but they are cleverly put together ideas, and it is possible that one or two may indeed have some grounding in the truth.
It is difficult to say too much without giving away the story, and its charm centres on its mystery. I can however say that I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone, and I have also read the sequel, entitled 'Digital Fortress', and whilst this follows a very familiar pattern, this is no bad thing, and I enjoyed it almost as much as the original . So happy reading!
Modern writers these days find it difficult to get noticed for two main reasons. There are numerous authors out there who think they can write therefore flooding the market, but then of course we've read everything that has been written before so there is very little original material out there. So if you are trying to get a murder mystery published these days, how do you get noticed. Easy, get religous!!
The novel is a detective story which starts as they all do with a murder. A body, Jacques Sauniere, curator of the Louvre, is found naked and used in a reproduction of Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man. Alongside is a cryptic message, which baffles the Parisian Police and lead them to enlist the help of visiting American Professor Robert Langdon. Langdon is a professor of Religious Symbiology at Harvard University. As he makes his way through the mystery, he will be led into solving questions that go to the very heart of the Christian religon including the location of the Holy Grail.
This book more than most in the past decade has been subject of intense scrutiny and criticism, which is probably expected and welcomed by it's author. After all you cannot question the basis of one of the major religons and expect to get away with it. Studies have been based on it, lectures given, more books published and analyisis given in which every inaccuracy has been exposed in an attempt to pass the book off as just fictional tosh, which is what it is. Perhaps the greater controversy should have revolved around the plagerism case brought by the authors of an earlier book called the Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. Ultimately this was dismissed.
The book itself is just your typical summer holiday read. Totalling just under 600 pages in paperback, Brown takes great delight in detailing the various loactions, showing the amount of painstaking research he went into. However, the characters are nothing new that we haven't seen or read a thousand times and Brown's style of writing can at best be described as awkward. It really is tough to get through for what amounts to so little reward. Indeed you have to wonder if the Catholic Church had not made such a fuss, if this book would be sitting in a bargain basement bin somewhere.
As it is, Dan Brown is a bestselling auther and the Da Vinci code has sold 80 million copies worldwide and has been turned into a blockbuster film starring Tom Hanks and directed by Ron Howard. So at the very least curiosity is going to get the better of you at some stage and you'll pick up a copy. Just don't expect miracles!!
The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
This Dan Brown book is the last one that I read as I didn't think that it looked appealing, the start is quite slow and thought it was too complex for me, I regret that decision very much now as since the first time I read it, I have been reading it on avearge every week.
It is thrilling and captivating and keeps you guessing time and time again.
A monk Silas works for "The Teacher", a wealthy man intent on finding and uncovering the Holy Grail and all of the secrets surrounding it and starts the book off. Cloaked and hooded, Silas shoots the Curator of the Louvre Museum, Paris in the stomach and leaves him to die.............
Professor Robert Langdon, a Symbology Professor originally from Harvard University USA, is woken up in the middle of the night to come to the aid of Cryptologist Sophie Neveu, the Granddaughter of the Curator, in the quest to find the killer of the her Grandfather.
The elderly Curator had stripped himself and arranged his dying body to portray the famous Leonardo DaVinci work - The Vitruvian Man.
Professor Langdon had earlier, unitentionally and accidentally revealed a secret, that only few knew, regarding the Holy Grail in a manuscript that he had written and this has unearthed a whole host of people intent on either discovering the precious secret of the Holy Grail or straining to protect it.
I absolutely adore this book and would recommend it to anyone who is on the fence about reading it, it truly is an amazing book.
The detailed descriptions make you really see the pictures being portrayed.
Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code is perhaps one of the most contorversial books of the last ten years for many reasons and it is well worth a read.
The Da Vinci Code centres around Professor Langdon, a world renouned academic specialising in codes. He is called to the Louve and questioned regarding the murder of the curator though he believes he is being sought out for his knowledge when in fact he is being tested as a suspect. Following a warning Langdon escapes and he, along with the curators granddaughter, attempts to solve the mystery. There are a number of seamless twists and turns in this book, I was gripped by this book and thouroughly enjoyed each page.
This book is the second in the Langdon series and I read it first. I didn't feel like I lost anything because of this as Brown explains the psychy of the main character perfectly. If there were not references to the previous book I would not have even realised.
The beginning of the book has beautiful descriptions of the famous paintings housed in the Louve. I felt like this book gave very visual; pictures, Brown is a master at allowing you to enter the characters minds in order to develop an understanding. There is a lot of areas of the book where very academic thoughts are presented in ways which a lay person could understand so you should not be put off by this. Some concepts are slightly far fetched (apparently) and there is a lot of challange to deeply held Christian beliefs hense why there has been so much uproar against the book. I found this fascinating though I can understand why Christians, particularly Catholics, would find some of this offensive.
I'd fully recommend Brown's The Da Vinci Code.
The Da Vinci Code is no doubt one of the most successful novels of the last decade, and while it is unremittingly trashy, that's no reason to suddenly be elitist and dismiss it entirely. While people may read into it, I find it hard to believe that Dan Brown has any real pretensions beyond writing a pulpy riff, and if he does, it doesn't show through here. The novel is absurd enough that it can't be taken seriously unless you're rather gullible, reinforced by some of the glaring inaccuracies throughout.
It is a fairly fast-paced novel that's breezy and short enough not to bore, but it is incredibly contrived, and characters are inserted merely to drive the plot for a few moments before being removed - either through death or just oddly disappearing out of the plot. The premise revolves around Dr. Robert Langdon initially helping the police investigating a murder at the Louvre, before becoming ensnared in a deadly plot as the religious sect Opus Dei jostles with perhaps the greatest secret never told - an Earth-shattering one about the nature of Christianity.
However, the book is written with no sense of nuance or realism, and it is utterly ridiculous, which makes any of its claims to seriousness all the more risible. The characters are no deeper than a plate of chips, and the plotting is utterly convoluted, going from one mystical trail of breadcrumbs which leads to another set piece, which was really just a cover ploy for another plan. If you're schooled in suspense thrillers, there won't be all that much surprising about this book, but it's simple enough to get more people reading, and that's probably a good thing. It's just a shame that some poor people take it so seriously, and frankly it reads better as a tongue-in-cheek adventure than a serious meditation.
The Da Vinci Code is probably one of the most controversial books of the modern day. When it was released it caused a storm.
The Da Vinci code was released in 2003. It was written by Dan Brown and was an international bestseller.The book has sold 80 million copies as of 2009 and has been translated into 44 language. Most people, I know me included always thought this was his first novel. However, his first novel was actually Angels and Demons which was released in 2000. I've read the book and really really enjoyed it. It's one of those books that I think keeps you mesmerised from beginning to end. I found it hard to put down. Of course, the subject matter is very controversial and although it is meant to be somewhat fictional I can see elements of truth in it.
The basic story features Robert Langdon, a professor of Symbology. He is the main character of the book as it's up to him to solve the riddles and ultimately save himself. He is called to the Louvre to examine a body that has died in mysterious circumstances with strange symbols around him. Robert tries to solve this murder mystery with the help of cryptologist Sophie Neveu. She has a personal interest in the case and wants and needs to get to the bottom of everything. Soon however, Robert is under suspicion himself and so he and Sophie have to run in order to solve the case and prove their innocence.
Their journey sees them travel from Paris, to London and there are some great chapters about both countries. They go to a lot of building and touristy places of interest and it's nice to read all about these. For example the pyramids at the Louvre in Paris are mentioned quite a bit so it is fun to visit them afterwards once you have read this story.
The story line is really interesting and really makes you think at times. Obviously Dan Brown has done a lot of research into his subject matter but what I really like is that he explains some of the reasons behind everyday things that we now take for granted. Most of all I really liked all the symbology and interesting facts in the book. However, there have been claims that some of his research was not his own or not correct but I think it is up to the individual reader to make up their own mind. I have to say I liked this book for a story and an interesting read and I did learn some things I didn't know before.
This book is an absolutely brilliant read. With its concise chapters and fast-paced writing style you literally won't be able to put it down. The characters are wonderfully described, along with the many famous places and landmarks that the characters visit. The story has an astounding twist at the end that will shock you and leave you wanting to read all of the books Dan Brown has ever written.
The storyline is cleverly intertwined with masses of information about history and symbology, so you end up learning as you read. Anyone who loves a great conspiracy theory will love this book. It's contraversial and exciting, with many twists and turns along the way. With the film version of this book doing poorly at the box office and getting such negative reviews, I really urge people to read the book and you will realise that it is miles better than the film in every way.
I begun to read this book with the mis conception that it was going to disappoint and offer very little in terms of excitement and ability to keep me reading on, how very wrong I was. The Da Vinci Code written by the brilliant Dan Brown is a fine example of religious beliefs twinned with fiction. The book delves into the depths of history as main character Robert Langdon and cryptologist Sophie Neveu attempt to unravel numerous puzzles and uncover a stunning truth, history's best kept secret whilst fighting to stay alive. This controversial novel offers some amazing theories, which, although are 100 percent based on fiction, really make you think about whether the ideas could be possible. An engrossing read from start to finish with many many unexpected twists and turns throughout, this book really will keep you on the edge of your seats as it offers as much intensity and action as a book can, truely a stroke of genius from Dan Brown, as The Da Vinci Code is no doubt cemented in the hall of fame. I would definately recommend this brilliany book.
Dan Brown masterfully concocts an intelligent and lucid thriller that marries the gusto of an international murder mystery with a collection of fascinating esoterica culled from 2,000 years of Western history.