Highly formulaic pageturner. Nice cliffhanger-ridden and suspenseful storytelling, but too commercially crafted (read: Hollywood-ready) to be taken seriously. Dan Brown is obviously an Eco-fan, although upon comparison I tend to get a fastfood-feeling with Dan Brown, whereas Umberto Eco makes me feel I have been dining out in true splendid grandeur (albeit sometimes for too long, ending up feeling bloated for days on end). I guess I should have known there ought to be a difference between an American ex-programmer-gone-bestseller-writer and an Italian semantics-professor who writes novels after hours. Nevertheless, Dan Brown deserves praise for his ability to make both the Vatican and Opus Dei make public statements about the novel. To put it in his own words, he must have, somehow, struck a nerve. The Da Vinci Code has spawned a number of books trying to de-code or clarify the book as well in perhaps more accurate, more historic facts, because after all, The Da Vince Code remains a work of fiction.
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