The Da Vinci Code: Special Illustrated Collector's Edition: The Illustrated Edition Hardcover – 29 Oct 2004
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In The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown masterfully concocts an intelligent and lucid thriller that marries the gusto of an international murder mystery with a collection of fascinating esoterica culled from 2,000 years of Western history.
A murder in the silent after-hours halls of the Louvre 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 daughter, 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 father'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, Neveu and Langdon embark on a breathless flight through France, England and history itself.
Brown 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, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Fascinating and absorbing.A great, riveting read. I loved this book" (Harlan Coben)
"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)
"A new master of smart thrills.A pulse-quickening, brain teasing adventure" (People)
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The writing style is stilted and clumsy. There are many errors and don't get me started on the way in which Mr Brown continually manufactures cliff-hangers for almost every chapter.If that is the only way he can make his readers want to read on then so be it, but it annoyed me beyond measure. I mean, how many times can someone open a box, gasp in disbelief at the contents and then not describe them for another three chapters?
My favourite spate of bad writing comes quite early on, during the drive from the Louvre to the American Embassy. Sophie has been thinking back about "the terrible thing" she saw her grandfather doing without ever letting the reader in on the secret. However, the moment she decides to think about it is when she is trying to escape the police in a high speed chase. She is driving and I'm pretty sure she would be better off concentrating on the road.
Best of all though is the drive from the Louvre to the embassy. On page 190, Sophie sets off, knowing that it is less than half a mile to get there. On page 192, after driving directly towards the embassy, she sighs with relief as now there is less than a mile to go. I've never been to Paris but the authorities really should do something about the spatial rift that apparently exists there. Generally, when I drive towards something, I get nearer to it, not further away.
The ending is very weak too but I won't spoil it for you. The author has already done that.
It's not a terrible book but it could have been so much better. Read "The Name Of The Rose" if you want an intelligent thriller. If you must read this then at least see the flaws and appreciate that they stretch into the supposed revelatory theories as well.
"What are you doing?" she questioned?
"I'm writing a review of the Da Vinci Code' he replied. "As you know, it was published in 1997, the year that the Vatican assassinated Stephen Hawking for questioning whether or not the world was round"
"Is this the Da Vinci Code that was the very exciting thriller?"
"Or so it is believed" replied the famous civil servant "but take a look at this". He handed her a large illustrated tomb entitled 'The Da Vinci Code'
His wife gazed at the book and the writing, and then suddenly gasped aloud
"But...but it's just a load of poorly put together sentences, two dimensional characters and obvious plot twists, mainly narrated by the clean cut hero in a patronising manner to his female assistant? How could Dan Brown ever hope to make this a best seller?"
"That is the cunning part" replied the increasingly handsome and clever civil servant. "In order for Dan Brown to be proclaimed saviour of the thriller novel, he had to be made to look controversial. So he chucked in a load of nonsense that he vaguely remembered from reading The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail so that his novel would seem subversive and sticking it to the man (or god). Then he put in an introduction stating that all the facts were true so people thought they were actually learning something new. And because the novel is attacking organised religion, anyone who criticised the book could be seen to be an agent of the church"
Meanwhile, 300 miles away, the hunchbacked crippled albino.....
It certainly doesn't justify the mania which has sprung up around it. Indeed I find it frankly odd that anyone who had actually read the story could find it so objectionable. It purports to be nothing more than fiction and even the few 'truths' or challenging religious premises on which the story claims to be based are not ones originated by Brown - nor does he claim them as his own.
Far from it in fact. Chapter 38 encapsulates and refutes this whole misconception nicely and somewhat self-effacingly; in it the central character (an American author/academic) tries to pitch the basic plot of the novel to his publisher and thereby acknowledges that the plot is neither credible nor original. Methinks the reader doth protest too much about The Da Vinci Code.
Dismissing Dan Brown as charlatan, conspiracy theorist supreme or the next Eric Von Daniken is unfair. It also misses the point and attaches undue importance to his stature as an author. Brown has done nothing more than take a fantastic, discredited but irresistible premise as laid out in 'Holy Blood, Holy Grail' (the book whose authors unsuccessfully challenged the Da Vinci movie and which he explicitly credits in the book) and constructed a passable mystery/thriller around it.
It's not a great thriller. But it's more 'big print Foucault's pendulum' than 'chariots of the gods'.Read more ›
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We all know the popularity of this book so it does not need a long review. IF not already done, read the book first and then watch the movie. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Crap. like it was written by 2 people. Never understood what they hype was about. It would have been fine if he'd eft the crap love story out of it.Published 3 months ago by Barbara Cottier
real classic - nail biter even if you had watched the movie already (as in my case) .. top drawPublished 3 months ago by Anand