Finally I managed to cross off one of the books from my BBC Challenge
The Da Vinci Code
by Dan Brown
Doubleday (Random House)
Buy from Indigo
Description: 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
Mini-Review: Honestly going to have to research the copy I originally tried to read. It was a long time ago and don't really remember much, all I remember was the beginning going into the history of the bible and the Templars and being bored out of my teeth. I tried to read it twice and gave up, but many people over the years have suggested I try again. So when I saw the BBC list I figured what the hell, I vowed to make it through it this time. It really is a well written (if at times convoluted & confusing for someone with no religious background like myself) fast paced intriguing story. As a women you can imagine I really liked the idea that the "church" has been suppressing and twisting the role of women in religion. I also liked the implication that Jesus was a mortal man who fathered a child. As a women who was raised by a truly decent moral man who had no interest in organized religion I felt it very comforting. At times the story keeps going on and on about the female symbolism and other bit about codes that I was thinking -- OK, I get it, move along -- which irritated me at times. It has actually motivated me to do some research into the subject matter, which quite frankly I have never had any interest in doing before. I do recommend that if you have given up on this book before, to try again. Dan has obviously put a lot of research and creativity into this and I think I will pick up a copy of Angels and Demons now. One other small point, very positive portrayal of a Librarian -- kudos to Dan for this --but did she really have to have thick glasses?
I borrowed this from my sister Tracy
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