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4.0 out of 5 stars an enjoyable, if flawed, book., 9 Nov. 2004
This review is from: The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon) (Paperback)
An entertaining, yet irritating read. I've read quite a few books on the subjects that the book poaches from and it seems that the author has tried to cram in as much as possible, picking and choosing the various threads of arcana as he goes. Unwieldy and predictable, yet very readable.
The characters were pretty one-dimensional. Not very well fleshed-out and little use beyond a narrative function. I haven't read any of the author's other work and maybe Langdon's character is better described there.
Having said all that, I managed to read it slowly enough to visualise it all and agree with other reviewers who have mentioned the probable appeal of it as a film. It was obviously written with that in mind, and I think that's a little sad. A book should always be written AS a book.
"Harrison Ford in Harris tweed" anyone?
When looking at the subject matter, what one cannot say is that it's all rubbish. There are so many different strands to the subject. To dismiss them all out of hand is rather blinkered. The only thing I know for certain is that this book IS fiction, yet some of its component pieces may not be and THAT is where the intrigue lies for millions of people.
As a pot-boiling introduction to the subject, this will make people buy more books and encourage vigorous debate. That's good, right? After 2,000 years of taking everything on faith, it is about time more people had an appreciation of the actual history, rather than stories they've been bullied into believing (be they true or otherwise). That probably depends on whether your interest is in 'truth', 'faith', both, or neither. The truth IS out there, Fox.
Until the facts are known indisputably, I suspect all we will have is conjecture. Better that than dogma.
When viewed objectively, and whilst being mindful of it's faults, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to anyone. It was a massively enjoyable Honeymoon read!
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