- File Size: 4763 KB
- Print Length: 496 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1400079179
- Publisher: Anchor; 1st edition (March 18, 2003)
- Publication Date: March 18, 2003
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000FA675C
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,553 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From the Trade Paperback edition.
A murder in the silent after-hour halls of the Louvre museum reveals a sinister plot to uncover a secret that has been protected by a clandestine society since the days of Christ. The victim is a high-ranking agent of this ancient society who, in the moments before his death, manages to leave gruesome clues at the scene that only his granddaughter, noted cryptographer Sophie Neveu, and Robert Langdon, a famed symbologist, can untangle. The duo become both suspects and detectives searching for not only Neveu's grandfather's murderer but also the stunning secret of the ages he was charged to protect. Mere steps ahead of the authorities and the deadly competition, the mystery leads Neveu and Langdon on a breathless flight through France, England, and history itself. Brown (Angels and Demons) has created a page-turning thriller that also provides an amazing interpretation of Western history. Brown's hero and heroine embark on a lofty and intriguing exploration of some of Western culture's greatest mysteries--from the nature of the Mona Lisa's smile to the secret of the Holy Grail. Though some will quibble with the veracity of Brown's conjectures, therein lies the fun. The Da Vinci Code is an enthralling read that provides rich food for thought. --Jeremy Pugh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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He also does what many authors aspire to do, makes the world think, ponder and question what we take for granted as solid fact. As he mentioned specifically in this book, it is the victors who write history, and how many events of all history are either skewed to favor the current ruling parties or completely rewritten to change what was the previous "known" history. This makes me wonder how much truth has been lost over the centuries (too much) and just what the actual truth may be. This book has sparked many a theological discussion as well as getting many people who never were that "into" art, interested in the idea that art is another form of recording our past and how art has been used throughout time to support governments, subvert governments, and tell the story of humanity.
Well worth the read.
It was around 2004-2005. I was out of university and working. I was one of those Americans that didn't pick up a book after college at the time, you know, the majority of them. Maybe it was because there were no good books around, maybe I thought adult novels were too long, whatever it was, I didn't read. I don't know how I stumbled upon this book. I believe a lot of people were talking about it, a lot, so I thought, "why not give this one a try?"
It took a couple of weeks to finish as I like to savor every word an author has written. I read it as fast as I could with each chapter ending in some breathless cliffhanger. And like an episode of television, I didn't want to binge-watch like people do these days; I read a few chapters in each sitting waiting in anticipation for the next day to read more. I don't want to say anything about the topic of the book as I went in completely blind and ended up wonderfully surprised and immensely enjoyed it, and I would want the same for you. (An aside: I grew up Christian, but ended up being an Atheist). I do think an open mind, and some light background knowledge of Christianity will help in truly enjoying this book.
I've never read a book like this, if ever, at the time. It was thrilling, it was well-researched, it made me think this could almost be real. It is the definition of a must-read. That's all that should be said about this book. But what I would like to say is that this book was the spark that restarted my love for reading that I had as a kid. I read a lot as a kid, but sometimes we are forced to read things, and kids do not like being forced to do things (parents, that's a lesson for you). The forcing of reading could be a reason I was turned off of books for a few years, but if there was ever a book to get you started again, this is, *the book*.
Now, about Dan Brown's ability to write, I've read what others have said about his writing style, and I don't agree with them for this book. I wasn't conscious about it for 'The Da Vinci Code', but I can see and understand other people's perspective on it. However, if you've read one of his books, you've read them all. Dan Brown's books are like James Bond films, they all follow a formula with similar ingredients, but we still keep watching them because the formula works. I do recommend his other books starring Robert Langdon (' Angels & Demons ', ' Inferno ', *NOT* ' The Lost Symbol '—that was a snoozer).
Pick The Da Vinci Code up, borrow it, get the illustrated version (it's the best version) [see photos], but read this book if you haven't already. It's significantly better than the film, and I think you will enjoy it as most of the world has. Recommended!
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But, much as I admire Mr Brown, this book is the weakest in terms of storyline. The Robert Langdon character becomes most irritating. The plot is padded out so much with environmental facts that the storyline becomes blurred. For example, RL is about to be shot by a ruthless hired assassin....but wait, let's first admire the 16th century fresco painted by so and so. The plot twist is really something akin to that Dallas shower scene.
I can't really imagine Tom hanks doing this film, it would be the shortest ever. On the plus side, the book has made me want to visit the cities so beautifully described.
Still, it's quite good, especially as a holiday read.
Now, though, I can barely remember a single thing about it. I can vaguely remember settings, but I can't remember what happened where or to whom, even in a vague sense of 'it happened to the girl'.
Perhaps this is because it does have such a pace that it doesn't really have time to sink in to the memory.
I would rate this is a good holiday or train journey read where you want something fairly noncommittal to pass the time. I wouldn't rate it as a future classic. When it was all the rage, it was part of current events and you could discuss with just about anyone. It was a bit of a flash in the pan, however, and most people, like me, have forgotten all about it.
If you like a pacey thriller with puzzles to solve, you will enjoy it, but if your kids or grandkids pick it up, all you'll be able to say is 'oh yes, that was really popular back in the noughties' :)
This is my the most favorite novel till date. I had read this novel long back and ever since I read this book I wanted to have this particular edition in my shelf. And about the book quality, it's just amazing. This book is printed with the original photographs of all the Art, Paintings etc which is mentioned in the book. If you want to have this masterpiece, just go for it. (This is the first edition which got printed in 2004 but the book looks very fresh).
P.S. got this book at a deal price of INR 1150.
got into it from the few first pages
really liked the theory about the Holy grail, opus dei and other stuff
made some research on my own because i wanted to know more and discover more
never forgot that book is a fiction with some real facts
would recommend that book without any hesitation
deserve its past success
Or borrow it off someone who has read it, because they won't want to read it twice.
The thrill of the book is not knowing what's going to happen next, so if you know, then I don't think you'd get the same pleasure.
The film is rubbish so read this instead.
The story and ideas are superb A+