I had never heard of Dan Brown in his early years. But as they say its better delay than never. I read most of Dan Brown work back to back. I reviewed first book in Robert Langdon series ‘Angels and Demons’ in my previous post and here goes my views on the most controversial book I ever read ‘The Da Vinci Code’ :
To my view, this one far exceeded the first book of the series. The formula was almost the same, although now we didn’t have the illuminati, it was a sole man, not an entire organization ready to take down an entire city. Magnificent story-telling, Quick adventure, Beautiful scenes and images. It’s as realistic of a treasure hunt as one can get if you are not an adventurer, archaeologist or exhibition-junkie. But what took it to the next level for me was the amount of detail included for every component. I really loved was how Brown took real events, real symbols etc. and wove them into such an intricate story about a secret that could change everyone’s beliefs, change the entire world as we know it. Take Da Vinci’s most famous painting to kick off your story nicely and artistically, add a secret organization protecting a powerful secret; add some lies and deceit and lots of intrigue and yes that’s the formula to creating an incredible book. But it takes a masterful author to create an incredible book such as this one. It’s the intricate of the intricate, relying on pure puzzles to move the story forward. Each new puzzle creates its own spark of drama directing readers to challenge what they do and do not know about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, languages, culture, locations, etc.
I won’t start talking about the protagonists because I’m never able to justify the awesomeness. Robert Langdon just rose on the scale of my list of the most brilliant characters (after Lisbeth Salander from http://www.guptapriyankablog.com/the-girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo-by-stieg-larsson-reg-keeland-translator/), meanwhile I loved Sophie Neveau as the companion of Robert. They fit amazingly good together, always filling the blanks together and assisting each other when they hit an insurmountable cryptic message which neither thought they could decode.
I am in awe by Brown’s amazing mind. The way he writes, all those details of history and art, all mixed together. He must be a genius, and he must have done one hell of a research before writing this.
I know a lot of people don’t enjoy Brown’s books, believing he is too commercialized and over-exaggerated in his style. While I can understand why someone may think that, I don’t agree. I love the complexity of the story, the reality and the fiction, the test of character strength, the puzzles, and the different viewpoints. It completely absorbs me, hence I fall into the category of those who love him and this style of writing, and even if others think his writing isn’t fantastic. Doesn’t mean I don’t love the more classic and richly written novels where it’s the imagery and the words that win out, too.
If you’ve read the first book, loved it and you fear that this will fall short of your expectations then be sure that this will go beyond your expectation.
My rating : 5/5
Regarding Controversy: It takes an open minded person to read this and to remember that it is just a fiction work. But it brings up a lot of important questions about the Christian church, and the loss of paganism and the respect of the Goddess or the Woman. If you finish the book you will notice that Dan Brown even makes it clear to readers through his characters words, that he doesn’t want to destroy Christianity because it has done so much good for so many people, and if it works for them, let’s let them continue to do what works for them, but find your own path.