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5.0 out of 5 stars Skip The Da Vinci Code, please., April 27, 2005
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This review is from: Foucault's Pendulum (Hardcover)
Dan Brown should be bludgeoned about the head and neck area for writing The Da Vinci Code without acknowledging that he essentially stole and dumbed down the plot of Eco's earlier, brainier mystery. FC is a world-spanning thriller packed with all of the elements that made Brown's book alluring (secret societies, cryptic religious symbolism, grand conspiracies, etc.). The twisting, turning thread of the plot is enough reason to keep reading, but what makes the book shine are all of Eco's philosophical, historical, and mythological/religious asides, crammed with detail. The kind of book where you sense the author checking and rechecking every line to make sure it's ... just the way he wants it.
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Initial post: Jun 26, 2009 1:09:32 AM PDT
K. Swanson says:
Exactly! I just read Angels and Demons, and thought right off what a lame reworking of this legendary book it is. Dumbed down and stripped of its polymathic intellectual weight, wonderful humor and massive sense of irony, all of which escape Brown entirely.

Eco is to Brown what Shakespeare is to Ludlum.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 22, 2009 12:13:10 PM PDT
"Eco is to Brown what Shakespeare is to Ludlum."

Not bad! My favorite comparison is: "Foucault's Pendulum" is to "The DaVinci Code" what "Hamlet" is to the Cliff Notes for "Hamlet."

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 9:07:02 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 11, 2009 9:07:31 AM PST
Beetlebum says:
THANK YOU Deich. I have never read DVC but in hearing of the "plot" I thought it sounded like a rip off of my favorite book ever, FP. I tell all my friends about Eco and specifically FP, and have recently had the pleasure of hearing from one who is able to read it in the original Italian--he LOVES it and only wish I was able to do the same.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2010 1:19:58 PM PDT
McGill says:
Ludlum as in Robert Ludlum? I love Eco and all but I see no problem with Robert Ludlum. Putting Brown on the level of Ludlum is a severe injustice to Ludlum. And I can see the "relationship" between Eco and Brown but comparing the Bard to Ludlum... I just don't see it.

Posted on Aug 18, 2012 2:23:43 AM PDT
I feel like i am in a lecture (a very interesting one) when i read this book, and not reading a story. I am not shure if i love the book, or disslike it. It is the kind of book that you cant put a finger on why you read it, but you cant put it down either. It is so cramped with knowledge, and details, and make as you say Dan Brown look like a stupified version.
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