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[Book Review] The Da Vinci Code

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Title: The Da Vinci Code

Author: Dan Brown

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Synopsis

An ingenious code hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci. A desperate race through the cathedrals and castles of Europe. An astonishing truth concealed for centuries . . . unveiled at last.

While in Paris, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is awakened by a phone call in the dead of the night. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, his body covered in baffling symbols. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist Sophie Neveu sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci—clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

Even more startling, the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion—a secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci—and he guarded a breathtaking historical secret. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle—while avoiding the faceless adversary who shadows their every move—the explosive, ancient truth will be lost forever.

Source: http://www.goodreads.com/

WARNING: Major spoilers ahead.

And so, Dan Brown has done it again! Another astonishing novel. He really has this talent of infusing fiction and non-fiction. As a Catholic myself, the novel was really disturbing yet excellent. No wonder why the novel was criticized. It has disturbing notions like Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene were married and had children, the official Bible was edited by Constantine and was an infusion of Christianity and Nature worship, etc. If you think about it, these notions were really disturbing as it causes confusion to people. It’s like you’re believing into something great but as it turns out, it is a lie. These notions really depend on the interpretation of the reader. The novel is fictional. Why should anyone think that the statements of the characters are true in reality? And besides, Dan Brown always leaves notes about facts before the beginning of the novel.

The way Dan Brown put it was really amazing. How the mystery was unveiled little by little. The symbolism, art, history has impressed me once again. Just like in his first novel, Angels & Demons. I really have this fascination about paintings so the novel really interests me all throughout. And I’ve always wanted to visit the Louvre Museum so I’m pretty engrossed in the book.  As I have mentioned earlier, there were a lot of symbolism in modern art referring to Mary Magdalene and one of them was Disney, as mentioned in the book. This has shocked me because I, myself is watching Disney movies so I searched on it a little. And there has indeed a reference to Ariel, the character in The Little Mermaid was a symbolism of Mary Magdalene. Several statements on the novel always left me with shock. Like when it was stated that there were hidden Gnostic gospels and that they were not included in the Bible, when Mary Magdalene was revealed as Jesus Christ’s companion, the truth about the Knights of the Templar, the practices of Priory of Sion like the Hieros Gamos which drove Sophie Neveu and Jacques Saunière apart and as well as the practices of Opus Dei regarding corporal mortification. All left me in utter amazement on how it was all laid out.

As for the characters, I love them all. Even Silas and Leigh Teabing. I was actually really glad that my guess on who was the Teacher was right. I love Robert Langdon. Really. But maybe except on how he is so appealing to girls lol. I also love the character of Sophie Neveu. She was smart as well and was capable of solving complex codes. I also have a fascination for codes but unfortunately, it didn’t work out for me. I love the ending though it is a bit of a cliff-hanger. Well, authors are all the same on that matter. The characters have their own endings and it was really satisfying. An another highly recommended novel.

Overall rating: 5/5

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