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The Da Vinci Code: A Novel (Robert Langdon) Kindle Edition
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-NELSON DeMILLE, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Intrigue and menace mingle in one of the finest mysteries I’ve ever read. An amazing tale with enigma piled on secrets stacked on riddles."
-CLIVE CUSSLER, #1 New York Times bestseller
"Dan Brown is my new must-read. THE DA VINCI CODE is fascinating and absorbing -- perfect for history buffs, conspiracy nuts, puzzle lovers or anyone who appreciates a great, riveting story. I loved this book."
-HARLAN COBEN, New York Times bestselling author of Tell No One
"The Da Vinci Code sets the hook-of-all-hooks, and takes off down a road that is as eye-opening as it is page-turning. You simply cannot put this book down. Thriller readers everywhere will soon realize Dan Brown is a master."
-VINCE FLYNN, New York Times bestselling author of Separation of Power
"I would never have believed that this is my kind of thriller, but I'm going to tell you something--the more I read, the more I had to read. In The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown has built a world that is rich in fascinating detail, and I could not get enough of it. Mr. Brown, I am your fan."
ROBERT CRAIS, New York Times bestselling author of Hostage
From the Hardcover edition. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B000FA675C
- Publisher : Anchor; 1st edition (March 18, 2003)
- Publication date : March 18, 2003
- Language : English
- File size : 4565 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 496 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1400079179
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #12,552 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.
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The pages are littered with absurdities. Opening the book at random (page 343) we learn that “Q” (German for Quelle after form and literary scholars Bultmann and Dibelius) might have been written by Christ Himself. The source common to Matthew and Luke (Q) but not from Mark might have been available as a written document but, like the synoptic gospels, more likely part of the oral tradition. And in the days before mass literacy where is the evidence that a carpenter was literate? Writing was undertaken by scribes whose services were costly – not carpenters.
Glancing at the previous page (342) is an example of the excruciating dialogue.
Chuckling Teabing: “It was here in France that she gave birth to a daughter. Her name was Sarah.”
Dumb Sohpie: “They actually know the child’s name?” (He’s just mentioned the child’s name so why ask?)
Chuckling Teabing: “Countless scholars of that era chronicled Mary Magdalene’s days in France, including the birth of Sarah and the subsequent family tree.”
Dumb Sohpie: “There exists a family tree of Jesus Christ?” (He’s just said there is a family tree so why ask?)
Every page is just as bad but one doesn’t have to get past the first for an inkling of the contents. It states as a fact that the ‘Priory of Sion’ was founded in 1099 when in reality it was founded and dissolved in 1956.
Strip away the pretentious nonsense masquerading as something academic and all one is left with is a paper-thin and utterly absurd plot.
Lastly, it’s not often that an author uses an adjective ‘sacred’ to describe an adjective ‘feminine’ – something that’s repeated ad nauseam in the book. But there again what grammatical sense can you expect from something coined, not in antiquity, but in the 1970’s for the so-called New Age.
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.