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I read the book, I loved it. I don't think it is overrated ..
Not just the Da Vinci Code, the other books viz Digital Fortress, Lost Symbol were all awesome!!
Heavy research, speaking about controversial topics and keeping the reader hooked .. these are the characteristics which made these books famous!
The most fascinating aspect of this novel is the overwhelming public interest and controversy surrounding many of the assertions Brown makes in this book. It may be safe to assume that most people have little or no previous exposure to these topics and it certainly has generated extreme controversy in Christian circles.
Interesting to me is the slant that Mary Magdalene (sp) acted as an advisor, not to the group, but certainly to their central figure. There are real examples of women acting as advisors to men of influence behind the scenes in these times.
For the purposes of fiction, Dan Brown certainly embellished. One thing that is not so far-fetched is finding hidden secrets in the older churches and libraries around Europe. I think the only places where there is surely little of this still around are those old churches that have undergone serious renovation. There has been a lot of this in Italy for sure, but all across Europe. Not so farfetched to find nooks and cranies (sp) that might hide secrets. We read about these types of things periodically and sometimes they even warrant articles in National Geographic. So a story line that is bound to capture everyone's interest.
A huge amount of interest was generated with the cleaning of The Last Supper. Now that the painting is clean again, it is has become a large source of controversy. It is hard to believe something revealed to be so beautiful could cause so much angst. We should all just appreciate it for what it says to each of us as we will probably never know what is behind the painting itself.
As to the movie, to me Tom Hanks was a very bad choice for the leading man. It was evident in both The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons. Can't imagine who would have worked better, but they just sort of fizzled with him. I am a big Tom Hanks fan and usually enjoy his movies, but in this role, not so much.
Parnie79 wrote:I read this book some years back, and although I enjoyed the book, I do remember it being a bit hard to get through at times. The subject matter of the book I found to be convincing and even thought provoking at times and I liked the puzzles they had to solve along the way. Do not get why the book was hyped up but an enjoyable escape for the constraints of life.
You should read In God's House by Ray Mouton .... the real RC scandals and skeletons
A world is born again that never dies.
- My Home by Clive James
I enjoy so much the books that talk about Michaelangelo and his work on the Sistene (sp) Chapel. And the entire period of the Middle Ages and the formation of various religions. One of the most interesting times for me was when Henry VIII disolved all the churches and confiscated all the wealth, while at the same time destroying much of the history of his own country.
Any suggestions more than welcome.
Mr. Brown does that. Yet one thing many readers forget is that it is a work of fiction.
Any worthwhile religion book doesn't have any basis in fiction. I dislike religion, but have to yield to reality, not fantasy.