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The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
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did not like it
Recommended for: someone interested in a completely mindless beach read

I've finally started reading that ever so controversial best-seller by Dan Brown. Actually, not reading it, listening to it while driving around Lansing, MI. This book seems to have changed the minds of many Catholics (my grandfather included) and Protestants alike. Granted, there have long been rumors of secret societies and organizations within the Roman Catholic Church, and historical cover-ups are rampant throughout civilization.


The book is crap. It's not at all well written. Brown seems to feel that in order to impress the mystery of the supposed Holy Grail conspiracy upon his readers, he must be repetitive and condescending. It almost seems that the whole purpose of the book is to tell the world how much Brown knows about obscure art history and symbology, and that he is willing to explain it to the teeming masses of uniformed Christendom. His constant use of cliff-hanger chapter endings (almost every chapter) makes the novel read like it was originally intended as a serial publication. Much of Brown's story hinges upon the loss of the Sacred Feminine, and yet his main female character (a cryptologist for the French police) is constantly having to be led clue by clue to obvious conclusions by her quicker, more worldly, male counterparts.

I might have put some stock into Brown's "history," he writes with conviction, if not much style. I may even have looked into some of his sources on my own. Today, though, Brown completely lost any stock I would have put into his actual knowledge. He referred, multiple times, to Jesus Christ as the Immaculate Conception. As every half-informed Catholic knows, Mary was the Immaculate Conception (conceived without sin), Jesus was the Miraculous Conception (conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit).

How this novel came to be as popular as it is, I can understand. Everyone today is dying to get to the big TRUTH, something which can never be done in religion. Faith is by definition something that is unsubstantiated, we must just believe. What I can't understand is how people can believe this absolute drivel.
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message 1: by Rozenekane (new) - added it

Rozenekane yeah i strongly support maura's motion...

message 2: by Tyler (new)

Tyler Well the consensus disagrees with you. There's a reason some novels attain this kind of success, acclaim, and sales

Maura I agree that there's a reason that type of novel attains "success, acclaim, and sales." It's because people want to read fluff. No one wants to work for meaning anymore. Why do you think Dean Koontz is so popular?

Just my opinion.

message 4: by Tyler (new)

Tyler Right and only the obscure and unnoticed can be acclaimed. no chance you would have written this review had it become such smash success. This by no means was fluff, it's well-written and not a guilty pleasure beach read you write it off as.

Kylie I agree. Well written review!

message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

Thats just stupid. Its stupid to hate the Da Vinci Code.

Stephen Dmytriw This book was indeed fluff, and quite frankly, I'm quite surprised anyone is taking it seriously. It was a fun weekend diversion, but nothing profound or Earth shattering, unless you are on a steady diet of JK Rowling, John Grisham, and Dean Koontz.

Lauryl I guess you could say it's stupid to hate The DaVinci Code, but only because it's just a dumb pulp novel and not worth the effort of hating. It's too silly of a book to hate. But it's perfectly logical to hate the asinine hype the surrounded this silly, pulpy book for so long. At least John Grisham and Dean Koontz are somewhat entertaining pulp writers.

Still, I can easily believe that people loved this book, because I can turn on the t.v. and see COPS day of the week. If there's a place in the world for COPS, then I suppose there's a place near it for The DaVinci Code.

I don't think that Americans are stupid, but I do think that people mostly aren't taught how to think critically. As a result, I think people are conditioned to accept and even embrace a lot of dross, while those who don't are accused of being elitists.

Charmain Well written review!! Thank you! I also think it's a piece of crap.

Zeeshan even if the book was bad the question still remains for everyone to take a stand.

Lauryl @Zeeshan: I'm not exactly sure what you mean. What question are we taking a stand on?

Ravikiran moturi lot of hypocrisy in this review you people never be broad minded

message 13: by Damian (new) - added it

Damian Am actually not quite a fan of novel reading. But this novel really changed my way of viewing things. To contribute . Believing writing document by someone like you and I who happened not to exit when this stories that are

message 14: by Damian (new) - added it

Damian Written for the purpose of making money I think is unreasonable .

Aria  Tatiana "The book is crap. It's not at all well written."

Much bitterness here...
The book is well-written.
Who are you to declare it's not badly written?
Because you declare it as if fact. So, with what can you back up your allegation? It's up to the accuser to bring proof...

Lauryl Actually, it's her opinion that the book is crap, and not well-written. In a book review, the idea that these are one person's opinions is implicit.

However, I have to agree with her. I thought the book was poorly written as well.

Aria  Tatiana An opinion would be: I didn't like the style of writing.

Saying "the book is badly written" is NOT a mere opinion.

Diego Palomino Well this book it got me to read it out of curiosity and I am grateful for that. As with music there are all sorts for different moments, the same applies for literature.

message 19: by Vid (new) - rated it 5 stars

Vid its not for those who want to live in a lie

Lauryl I am hereby relieved of my public duty to make fun of Dan Brown. The above article says everything that needs to be said.

David Bein if ya gotta hate, please don't commentate

message 23: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Ademola In fact, the Priory of Sion myth was invented by an arrogant anti-Semite called Pierre Plantard and debunked long before Brown swaggered onto the scene.

siriusedward nice rreview.
but personaly loved the bookk and angels and demons...
to eeach his own...i guess

message 25: by David (new) - rated it 1 star

David Dapaah i agree with your review

message 26: by Ellen (new) - added it

Ellen Oh, listen to audio books all the time.

message 27: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Ademola I'm not religious, and I know that Mary was the Immaculate Conception! And art historians have debunked much of what Dan Brown writes in "The Da Vinci Code". The writing is horrible.

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