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Author: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5 (you can see the ratings on my goodreads page as well)
Extra info: The Da Vinci Code is a 2003 mystery-detective novel written by Dan Brown. It follows symbologist Robert Langdon and cryptologistSophie Neveu as they investigate a murder in Paris’s Louvre Museum and discover a battle between the Priory of Sion and Opus Deiover the possibility of Jesus having been married to Mary Magdalene. The title of the novel refers to, among other things, the fact that the murder victim is found in the Grand Gallery of the Louvre, naked and posed like Leonardo da Vinci’s famous drawing, theVitruvian Man, with a cryptic message written beside his body and a pentagram drawn on his chest in his own blood.
The novel is part of the exploration of alternative religious history, the central plot point of which is that the Merovingian kings of France were descended from the bloodline of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene, ideas derived from Clive Prince’s The Templar Revelation (1997) and books by Margaret Starbird. The book also refers to The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail (1982) though Dan Brown has stated that it was not used as research material.
The book has provoked a popular interest in speculation concerning the Holy Grail legend and Magdalene’s role in the history of Christianity. The book has been extensively denounced by many Christian denominations as an attack on the Roman Catholic Church. It has also been consistently criticized for its historical and scientific inaccuracies. The novel nonetheless became a worldwide bestseller that sold 80 million copies as of 2009 and has been translated into 44 languages. Combining the detective,thriller and conspiracy fiction genres, it is Brown’s second novel to include the character Robert Langdon, the first being his 2000 novel Angels & Demons. In November 2004, Random House published a Special Illustrated Edition with 160 illustrations. In 2006, afilm adaptation was released by Sony’s Columbia Pictures.
My opinion: I really liked the book, you know it’s fiction but Dan Brown has made you feel like it’s a true story and that’s what I like about books. I also liked that there was always some kind of action going on. The storyline didn’t get boring at any point and you just had to read it. You couldn’t put it down.
I also liked that there were many POV’s and that you couldn’t predict what was going to happen next. I also liked that it felt like someone told me the story, not that I’m reading the book. The next time I’ll read it in English though because some of it was really weird in Estonian.