The Da Vinci Code
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The Da Vinci Code
Dan Brown
Mystery & Suspense
Jul 30, 2018
Some books become popular phenomena of such extraordinary dimensions that it becomes impossible not to pick them up; usually this is because something about them makes them impossible to put down, no matter how hard we try. The Da Vinci Code, which dominated the bestseller list between 2003 and 2006, is a case in point. The whole framework is designed to intoxicate nominally skeptical readers with the possibility that history might mean more than it really does, at least for the space of a few hundred pages. The sheer energy of Brown's invention is transporting. It is not that his critics are entirely wrong, but rather that their cavils are beside the point. Sometimes, a page-turner is all you want to get your hands on—holier grails being much too hard to find.
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It's entertaining for sure, but I wouldn't call it "essential" to read.
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Oct 28, 2018
Contemporary Sci-Fi
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Shook me to my core - made me question everything I'd always been taught.
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Nov 4, 2018
The popularity of this was astounding--this book created readers of people who never read or never finished a book, especially among men. And it is a fast-paced and fun read.
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Nov 7, 2018
You need a "I've read it but I disagree' button, this book is trash. :)
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Nov 23, 2018
This is obviously no literary masterpiece, but it is a good introduction to the "dad book". It is a primary example of the contemporary genre that combine rich and accurate historical references to a modern day thiller/mystery.
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A page turner.
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Compulsive reading. I love going to Europe with Dan Brown- so much fun!
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Not a bad read. Cheesed off the Catholic church, which is not surprising!
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It was well written and witty for its time but Im sure how time will treat it.
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Feb 22
Legendary!
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A masterful, because probably intentional, misreading of both gnosticism and catholicism. What he criticizes in catholicism was asceticism and suppression of sexuality. Many gnostics loved both those ideas. What Dan Brown glorified in gnosticism was unrepressed sexuality. The gnostics hated the physical and those who practiced "unrepressed sexuality" intended it as a denigration of the physical body, which they considered inherently evil. But Dan Brown is a true gnostic and does what they always do, take existing materials (like pure Christianity or history) and warp and rework them to align with their preexisting philosophy.
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Apr 6
This book was really gripping, I read it straight through without putting it down. The attention to detail in the symbology used was very neatly tied into the story writing.
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Great read
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Apr 21
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