I liked The Da Vinci Code quite a bit. I found it a good and gripping read in general, though at times it did stray too far in explaining some odd interpretation of history.
Some people have been somewhat incensed by the basic plot of the novel. One reason for that might be Dan Brown’s claim at the start that:
All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals in this novel are accurate.
I read the book as a work of fiction. So I don’t think it gives any insights into Christianity or its history. Unlike this article though, the person to the right of Jesus in The Last Supper seems to me to be at the very least an effeminate man.
The idea of Jesus not being divine also presents no problem for me as I am not Christian.
I do find it interesting that The Da Vinci Code has spawned so much work debunking the premise of the novel from a theological point of view.
UPDATE: An interesting website related to the book Cracking the Da Vinci Code.
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Zack Ajmal of Procrastination liked Dan Brown’s book, The Da Vinci Code, which reminds me that I’ve been doing a bit of procrastinating myself — I started the book a while ago, but put it aside. My objections to it…
Hmm, for some reason it reminds me of Umberto Eco’s ‘Foucault’s Pendulum’ though I haven’t read Da Vinci’s book; it seems to have some common plot themes. I liked Eco’s book, though it was quite heavy going and a bit meandering at times. Da Vinci’s seems tighter and less obsessed with philosophy from what you describe.
Conrad: it reminds me of Umberto Eco’s ‘Foucault’s Pendulum’
Ideofact noticed the same thing.
Da Vinci’s seems tighter and less obsessed with philosophy from what you describe.
It is, though there are some monologues explaining the whole “holy grail” interpretation.
Da Vinci Code should make for a fabulous movie. Another book that’s destined to become a movie is: No Greater Deception: A True Texas Story. A treasure hunt of a different kind that involves the mysterious death of a Texas lawman who had connections with LBJ, Joe Bonanno (Mafia), George Bush and the Texas Rangers. Fingers the lawman as a possible JFK assassination hit man.
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