Book Review – The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

The Da Vinci Code written by the famous American author Dan brown was published in the year 2003. The book flooded the columns with negative and positive reviews from its readers. Nevertheless, the book didn’t have any problem in outselling the J.K Rowling’s book Harry potter and the order of the phoenix. Today the book ranks in the top ten best selling books with sales of approximately eighty million copies worldwide and has been converted into a film.

The book is known for its critic’s remarks and accusation by the Christian communities for false postulation. It didn’t stop there, with a lawsuit against brown by authors like Lewis perdue, Baigent and Leigh and the scientist Mikhail Anikin were all ruled out by the court for various reasons.

Notwithstanding any, from an open minded person it could be graded as a good fictional read.  However, the book goes on and on about interesting facts which he claims in his court case to be the opinion of various scientists, historical elements that are put together to question its existence and a full in depth knowledge of the monuments. The book starts with the death of Jacques Sauniere, while his body poses unusually like the Leonardo da Vinci’s drawing of the Vitruvian man. Robert Langdon, a professor of iconology and symbology is asked to illustrate the scene and decode the cryptic message left by Sauniere. He is also the suspect. Robert Langdon finds out the same from Sophie Neveu a police cryptographer, who is also the granddaughter of Sauniere. Both flea from the police to solve the code which leads them to the Cryptex. The Cryptex opens only when the alphabets on it are arranged correctly, which is taken to an expert Sir Leigh Teabing. Sir Teabings suggests that they leave for Britain immediately. On the flight, the cryptex is solved and opened to find another cryptex with a riddle that leads them to Sir Isaac Newton’s tomb. Neveu also shares some secret rituals that her grandfather has performed, which made her break all contacts with him. Later, Sir Teabing is found to be the teacher of Silas; the man who killed Sauniere. To find out that Sir Teabing had Jacques Sauniere killed to prove the relationship between Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene. On solving the second cryptex, Langdon destroys it in front of Teabings. The message from the second cryptex leads them to the Rossylyn chapel. It is found out here that Neveu is the descendant of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene. Whom, Jacques Sauniere has been protecting since her childhood. The book ends with Neveu reuniting with her long lost grandmother and brother.

A book cannot be all good, can it? Dan brown’s blunder of not providing any bibliography made it a head itching read. Where did he get all these ideas and concepts from? Is it true? Can I check upon it? No answers for any. The book written to turn pages fails to provide any evidence whatsoever. I would call it an amateur investigation. Therefore, concluding this book is a difficult one. Only advice would be to read it with a mindset of reading a simple thriller fiction and not as an offence to religion.


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