El Códice 632
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El Códice 632 (Tomás Noronha #1)

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Tomás Noronha, profesor de historia de la Universidad Nova de Lisboa y experto en criptoanálisis y en lenguas antiguas, ha sido contratado para completar las investigaciones de un viejo historiador que recientemente ha fallecido. Entre los papeles del difunto, Tomás hallará un enigmático mensaje que parece ser la clave de esos estudios y que, según el desaparecido académic...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published May 8th 2007 by Rayo (first published 2005)
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Iceman
O ”Codex 632”, escrito entre 2004 e 2005, tenta ser um livro desmistificador da vida de Cristóvão Colombo, pelo menos numa perspectiva de lhe dar uma nacionalidade e, sobretudo, um objectivo.
Cristóvão Colombo nunca foi, para mim, uma personagem digna de especial relevo.

Para qualquer interessado em História, facilmente constata que Colombo não foi o primeiro a chegar à América, pois, e está mais do que comprovado, centenas de anos antes já lá “passeavam” feníncios, vikings e, soube-se à pouco tem...more
Schmacko
I know that a lot of more-qualified critics (like the Washington Post and Kirkus Review) gushed about Codex 632. Meh, I just don’t think these Da Vinci Code-type books are my cup of tea. So, what I am describing are my feelings—why I didn’t like the book.

Codex 632 is about the origins of Christopher Columbus and his discoveries. It’s full of history, cryptology, travel etc. The facts behind what is discussed ad nauseum is interesting – for a while… However, for me, absolutely nothing else worked...more
Keith
Okay, I’m going to try to explain something here that I’m not sure how to explain. I’ve recently read several novels that are translations into English and in more than one I feel as if I’m missing something. This novel is translated from Portuguese and although it’s thoroughly readable and flows well enough there is something about the main character that just doesn’t work for me and I’m not sure what it is. He just isn’t believable. There is something awkward and stiff about him even when he’s...more
Goncalo
O Codex 632 foi o 1º livro de José Rodrigues dos Santos que li, e provavelmente será o mais conhecido do seu reportório. Infelizmente é imediatamente perceptível o seu lado jornalístico de contar uma história. Enormes trechos descritivos, maior importância dada à investigação que ao desenrolar da história e, para além disso, má caracterização de personagens ou personagens que surgem apenas com o intuito de introduzir mais uma longa dissertação histórica.

Num estilo mais para o lento, e ignorando...more
Janeka
Depois de ler várias críticas que referiam este livro como o menos interessante de José Rodrigues dos Santos, decidi que seria este livro a marcar a minha estreia com o autor. Sim, eu sei que já vou uns aninhos atrasada.

Assim, comecei com baixas expetativas, e talvez tenha sido por isso que gostei do livro.

Geralmente, neste tipo de livros, gosto da trama pessoal do investigador principal, mas Tomás Noronha não me cativa de maneira nenhuma.
Mas gostei muito da trama da investigação, achei impress...more
Heather
I listened to this an audiobook - I always say this because I think that inevitably it has an effect on your experience with the book.

I enjoyed some aspects of this book, but the basic plot points seem too basic for me. Almost everything I would expect to have happen ended up happening. The characters were not deep at all, and the book certainly has a dim view of Americans (at least the ones in the story aren't doing us any favors). I'm not a big flag-waver, but the stereotypes were off-putting....more
Carolina Guimarães
Tenho duas coisas a confessar: primeiro, que este pode não ser o meu tipo de livro (aliás, não é mesmo); segundo, só acabei de o ler para não deixar mais um livro a meio.

A escrita é acessível, mas a história é maçuda e tem demasiados detalhes. As conversas entre Tomás Noronha e as personagens secundárias são tão grandes como chatas, de tanto pormenor que têm. Verdade que quem é interessado em história e, particularmente, na questão de Colombo, deve adorar: mas a população em geral nem por isso....more
David Bales
Pretty good Portuguese novel about a university professor hired by a theoretically scholarly organization to find out when Brazil was actually first visited by Europeans turns into a Da Vinci Code-type potboiler on the real identity of Christopher Columbus, (if that is really his name!) Full of some twists and turns on three continents as the story weaves from the U.S. to Portugal and then to Brazil. I think this would have been better as a non-fiction book since dos Santos doesn't really write...more
J. Else
I am so sick of books being carelessly compared to "DaVinci Code." Just because its a search to uncover mysteries in history does not mean its "DaVinci Code." This book does not have a feel of urgency to it. The history is not that interesting to override character flaws. And the characters are poor. Half the time is spent on characters sitting at the beach or walking around foreign cities. This does not compare to "DaVinci Code" on so many levels.

I just cannot finish this book. I'm too turned o...more
Vanda
Gostei imenso de ler este livro. Apesar do tipo de linguagem mais jornalística com algumas descrições mais supérfulas foi um livro que me prendou e captou toda a atenção mesmo quando não estava a lê-lo. Gosto de livros assim, que me deixam envolvida de tal maneira que mesmo com o livro fechado penso no enredo e vivo a história.
Gostei especialmente do modo como começa e do modo como acaba!
Iratxe
Me ha gustado bastante, aunque reconozco que no es precisamente un libro fácil de leer.
No se parece nada a esas películas de intrigas en el Vaticano en el que hay persecuciones, tiros y acción. Se trata de una búsqueda a través de muchos documentos históricos en la que,como lectora inexperta en libros de historia, me he visto abrumada por la gran cantidad de bibliografía consultada por el protagonista y las asociaciones entre unas y otras que varias veces me han hecho buscar páginas atrás para...more
Erica
I hate nothing more than a book where the author condescendingly explains every thought as though his/her reader couldn't keep up with the completely obvious conclusion they wanted you to draw. Because this author does that to an extreme, I can't give it any more than 2 stars, despite it's intriguing proposition of the true identity of Columbus.
Maya
The level of historical research and data in this book is impressive, and is by far its best asset. The main theme (the personality and origin of Christopher Columbus) is a fascinating one. Unfortunately, that's about all I can say on the plus side. The historical detail was too overwhelming and distracting, especially for those of us who like to actually retain what they read. Instead of contributing to the plot, it ended up detracting from it. The author could have achieved the same literary e...more
Laura
Reading this book was a waste of time. I kept expecting it to get more exciting, but it didn't. Instead of a "DaVinci Code"-style thriller, it was more of a boring scholarly hunt through old documents. And when the "secret identity of Christopher Columbus" is revealed, I thought "who cares?"
José
Read this for the research, it's worth it. The plot is kind of weak and the dialogues are somewhat "forced" and boring (this is not a translation problem as I read portuguese original edition), but the historical part justifies reading this book.
Mike
I usually like stories like this, even the mediocre ones, but this one fell really flat. Minor spoilers ahead You know the femme fatale is the femme fatale the second she enters the book, and of course the hero gets, uh, entangled with her but there's really no reason shown except she's a blond-haired, blue-eyed tall Swede with curls and big boobs. I suppose many real-world men have strayed from their families for even less motivation than that, but it doesn't really work in this book. And the o...more
Nora Triepke
As a work of fiction I give this book a low rating. Perhaps if it was non-fiction I could have truly enjoyed the flood of research and revelations the author communicates. The translation is poor however and the plot is minimal, compulsory, and predictable. Even the ending makes an excuse for the books heavy handedness on research and short shriftedness in story. If you're looking for page after page of interesting contradictions and intriguing little know tidbits about Columbus and dont mind th...more
John
Better written than Da Vinci Code (which says what?) with more accuracy but still as shallow and as silly.
Sylvia
Jul 19, 2014 Sylvia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Personas interesadas en la historia
Me gustó mucho el trato que le dieron a la historia de este libro, aunque he de decir que no es un libro que se pueda leer rápido, debido a la cantidad de datos que uno tiene que asimilar.

Cuando leí la reseña, me esperaba una trama estilo "El Código Da Vinci" y me llevé una sorpresa al empezar la lectura, sobre todo con la interminable búsqueda que tuvo el protagonista, además de eso, me gustó la historia personal del protagonista.

Hay muchos datos históricos super interesantes.

Definitivamente d...more
Scott Bagley
More like a 3.5 star rating. I liked the primary plot in this book, though it did have some flaws. The history is intriguing; I'm no history expert and I have no idea if any of this is true, but the puzzles and clues really kept me reading. A lot of the book is explanation of things which have already happened rather than revealing what is going on in the present, which gets a little tough to read, but since the story is present day historians trying to figure out the past, I can see where this...more
João Martins
Confesso que nutria uma certa curiosidade em relação a este romance de José Rodrigues dos Santos. Mais que curiosidade sobre a história em si, interrogava-me se o livro possuiria créditos próprios ou se a sua fama estaria somente assente no facto de o autor ser uma figura pública. A resposta que obtive a esta questão poderá não ser a mais popular, mas é a que me parece mais adequada. À semelhança de muitos outros, este é um livro que não teria tido o sucesso que teve caso tivesse sido publicado...more
Célia
"O Codex 632" é o terceiro romance do jornalista José Rodrigues dos Santos, depois de "A Ilha das Trevas" e "A Filha do Capitão", dos quais só li o último. Confesso que, à partida, e partindo do título deste livro, pensei que fosse uma espécie de aproveitamento do sucesso de livros ao estilo de Dan Brown. A verdade é que decidi dar-lhe uma oportunidade e não fiquei desiludida. A premissa é simples: Tomás Noronha é um professor é um professor de História, que, após a morte do professor Toscano, é...more
Isabel Maia
Aquando da morte do Professor Martinho Toscano, a American History Foundation contrata Tomás Noronha, um professor de História da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, perito em criptanálise e línguas antigas, para continuar as investigações do falecido professor, no sentido de descobrir que rumo tinham tomado as mesmas. Os conhecimentos de Tomás vêm a ser um elemento chave, já que Toscano deixou uma série de enigmas no sentido de ocultar certas informações. Mas o mistério que estas encerravam revelaram-...more
Joana Silva
I've read this book some years ago (January 2006 I think), but I decided to post about it because it was written by one of my favorite Portuguese writers. José Rodrigues dos Santos we born in Mozambique and now e lives in Lisbon. He teaches at a university of Lisbon and is a journalist at RTP (the Portuguese public television station). He wrote the book that probably is my favorite romance written by a Portuguese author (The White Angel - literal title translation - which, I think, it's not tran...more
Tempo de Ler
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A primeira e emocionante aventura de Tomás Noronha!
«Codex 632» é um livro muito interessante e dinâmico no qual acompanhamos Tomás à medida que este colecciona as diversas pistas que lhe permitirão responder ao mistério de quem foi, realmente, Cristóvão Colombo.
O tema é, de todos os abordados nas aventuras do professor Noronha, o mais desconhecido e menos trabalhado por outros autores até à altura.
Compilar este tipo de informação, nesta quantidade,...more
Milena Razack
This book had two intertwining stories running through it. The first one very interesting, the second not so much. I was fascinated with all the research that went info the book and the author's claim, that all references used in the writing of the book were actual documents. I think it was evident that a lot of research went into writing this book. I really enjoyed reading this thread of the story, that dealt with the "columbus mystery". However, The second part of the story, dealt with the mai...more
Ana T.
I really enjoy books about historical mysteries. Columbus origins may, or may not, be a mystery and I love books that focus on different and original theories. I have to confess, though, that I had this book in the TBR pile for 6 years and only recently did I decide to read it.

The author, Jose Rodrigues dos Santos, is a well known journalist and I have no doubt that many people have picked this one up just because of that. My mother read it and some friends did too but their reviews were nothing...more
Mónica Silva
Opinião no blog http://howtoliveathousandlives.blogsp...

Como apreciadora da História Portuguesa, em particular do período fascinante denominado de Descobrimentos, não poderia deixar passar a oportunidade de ler esta obra. Nela, José Rodrigues dos Santos elabora uma tese credível acerca da origem de uma das personagens mais relevantes dessa época. Atacando as inúmeras inconsistências no relato da vida de Cristóvão Colombo, o autor pretende oferecer uma resposta a este grande mistério. Afinal, que...more
Kerry
Ugh, I've been avoiding writing this review forever, I suppose I should just get to it.

Back in sixth grade, I saw the film The Hunt for Red October. And I loved it. It was wonderful. It was my new favorite movie. So I bought the book, thinking I would like that too -- and it was horrible. I only got, like, a third of the way through it -- and I didn't stop reading books back then.

It was just so boring. The example I gave to people at the time: Ryan would be explaining something to someone, and i...more
Julia
Oct 08, 2008 Julia rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young & the Restless fans, Da Vinci Code fans
Recommended to Julia by: No one; found it shelf-reading
Although this novel was very interesting in ways, and held my attention through 10 discs, it lacked the depth and characters to make it a truly good read. Very much in the vein of the "Da Vinci Code," "Codex 632" is a historical drama, with a highly educated young married college professor delving deep into ancient texts in order to bring light to the inky mystery of the origins of Christopher Columbus. The chase takes him from Portugal to Brazil to Israel and back, but also leads him down a tre...more
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