Wednesday, 25 July 2012

The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown

Publishers: Corgi Books

Pages: 592

Main Characters:

Robert Langdon, Sophie Neveu

I know I’m a bit behind the times reviewing the Da Vinci Code. The book was originally published in 2003 and the movie of Dan Brown's thriller was released in 2006. But after finishing and reviewing Inquisition, a book based around the inquisition of the Knights Templar in 1311, it got me thinking that I should review the Da Vinci Code because it is one of those modern classics (like Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings and A Game of Thrones) that I think any good book reviewer should have read and reviewed! I know most of you will have either read the book or seen the movie so I won’t go into the plot too much, but it is a book that I remember reading and loving so I thought I’d give it a quick review!

The thing I think I loved most about this book was the controversy it caused! I love it when a book can cause that much of a stir in a world where the most unbelievable things can be ‘YouTubed’ at any time and the technology in movies such as CGI can bring anything to life. It was amazing how much of a reaction Dan Brown got with his ideas behind Christ and the Holy Grail. What’s even more amazing is that some of his ideas seem plausible! I personally think that the idea of the Holy Grail been Christ’s blood line makes much more sense than the Holy Grail been a cup in which Christ turned wine into his blood!

The amount of work Brown must have put in is also staggering. To not only put across an idea that was very controversial but to also create a plot that was gripping and a mystery that was thrilling shows how much time and effort Brown put in to make his book a worldwide best seller. I also love Robert Langdon! I have to admit that I only read the Da Vinci Code just before the movie came out and then read The Lost Symbol, so have not yet read Angels and Demons. But in both books Langdon has been a character that I really engage with (and I thought Tom Hanks was brilliant as him!)

The only thing about this book is; how much of it is real? Most of the ideas Brown uses are not originally his and have been whispered around for years. Also there is no hard, factual evidence behind any of these ideas so they are made even harder to believe. But, as a novel this book was epic! Don’t avoid this book because of the reasons above (I’m sorry to say that there aren’t any hard, factual evidence to say Elves exist but The Lord of the Rings is still amazing!) the plot and the mystery are well worth the read!

So there you go, this was my quick review/thoughts on the Da Vinci Code. I would suggest this book to anyone how is a fan of Dan Brown or is into historical/crime novels.

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