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The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
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The Da Vinci Code (original 2003; edition 2009)

by Dan Brown

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Title:The Da Vinci Code
Authors:Dan Brown
Info:Anchor (2009), Mass Market Paperback, 597 pages
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The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (Author) (2003)

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His wife Blythe has been the 'chief researcher', the book is a composite of data
  brendanus | Oct 15, 2018 |
Entretenido y no mucho mas ( )
  Marcoscazulo | Oct 15, 2018 |
Brown knows how to write a story that is marketable and easily convertible to film, it was clear when I first read this that he had not written it to satisfy book snobs. A refreshing page-turner that reads like a script because I suspect that was his intention all along. ( )
  Chickenman | Sep 12, 2018 |
Another good Robert Langdon novel. Would read again. ( )
  kkranig | Sep 4, 2018 |
Poor old Dan Brown. He does get a bit of stick. They say he writes silly, brainless stories told in a way appropriate for telling silly, brainless stories. With three thousand or so plot twists. In fact, my friends say, one cannot even call Dan Brown's novels stories - they're just collections of plot twists. By the end it really gets (unintentionally) hilarious - one twist and then another and another AND ANOTHER AND ANOTHER!!!, and you feel like a cat trapped in a washing machine. But fortunately unlike the cat you have the power to stop the ludicrous infantile spinning and just drop the book.

A lot of it's deserved. His writing, especially in “The Da Vinci Code” and - even more - “The Lost Symbol”, is atrocious. The second sentence of the latter is something like (this is from memory) "The 34-year-old cult initiate lifted the bowl of blood-red wine to his lips," which I'm not even going to start on because we'd be here all day. And, of course, he seems to research his books by spending ten minutes looking up conspiracy theories on Google. I enjoyed “The Da Vinci Code” mainly by supposing it to be set in some kind of parallel universe where serious scholars of church history really do think that Jesus begat the Merovingian dynasty (or whatever it was). Brown mistakes conspiracy nonsense for genuine academic work, which is a pretty massive mistake to make. But - but! - all of the fashionable Dan Brown bashing, while undeniably deserved, overlooks what's great about his work. The fact is that the man knows how to tell a story. “The Da Vinci Code” became a phenomenon because, for all the dreadful wordsmithing and worse research, it's a brilliant story told brilliantly. It captivates from the first chapter and holds you all the way through. And a thriller of this kind is not easy to write. In fact, it's very, very hard to do it well. Dan Brown does it very, very well, and his success reflects that.

I read one of his earlier books, “Deception Point”, a little while ago - it was published to moderate success before he hit the real big time. And not only is it (again) a very well plotted thriller, but it's considerably better written than his later, better-known books - it ain't great literature but the prose is perfectly serviceable. Yes, Dan Brown can actually write, when he makes the effort.

So, yes, he's no Dante. Yes, he is in some ways dreadful. And, yes, you'd probably be better off reading Dante than Dan if you have to choose (and I say that as someone who, alas, has read Dante several times). But why choose? There's room in the world for both, and if you're one of those who don't enjoy Dan, lay off him a bit. There are worse people in the world. ( )
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Whenever I read a 454 page book in one sitting, it's probably a safe bet for me to think that other people will like the book. Not that my criteria for excellence necessarily matches that of the literary masses -- but the words "breakout thriller" certainly apply here. Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code is going to make publishing history. Trust me. There are already tables at the local Barnes & Nobles featuring books about the Freemasons, biographies of Leonardo Da Vinci, guidebooks to the Louvre and Renaissance art, all centered around Brown's book. And the book has been out less than two weeks.
 
The word for ''The Da Vinci Code'' is a rare invertible palindrome. Rotated 180 degrees on a horizontal axis so that it is upside down, it denotes the maternal essence that is sometimes linked to the sport of soccer. Read right side up, it concisely conveys the kind of extreme enthusiasm with which this riddle-filled, code-breaking, exhilaratingly brainy thriller can be recommended.

That word is wow.
 
The story occasionally strains credibility early on. How could a dying man, one wonders, have time to write out intricate mind puzzles even if as Sophie explains, her grandfather "entertained himself as a young man by creating anagrams of famous works of art." Fortunately, Brown's pacing doesn't leave too much time for questions. From the explosive start to the explosive finish, The Da Vinci Code is one satisfying thriller. I see movie rights being sold already. Pick this one up on a long flight home and you'll never know where the time went.
 
Den Braun u svom trileru Da Vinčijev kod, kreativno kombinuje mnogobrojne istorijske reference (Da Vinči, Templari, sveti Graal) sa fikcijom. Protagonista romana je, kao i u prethodnom bestseleru Anđeli i demoni harvardski profesor Robert Lengdon . Kada pariska policija otkrije njegovo ime sakriveno u šifrovanoj poruci pronađenoj pored tela ubijenog kustosa Luvra, on postaje njihov glavni osumnjičeni za brutalno ubistvo. Jedina osoba koja veruje u njegovu nevinost je francuski kriptolog, Sofi Nevu, koja mu pomaže da pobegne. Bežeći od policije pokušavaju da dešifruju misterioznu poruku i dolaze do zapanjujućeg zaključka. Ključ za rešenje je sakriven u Da Vinčijevim delima, svima vidljiv, istovremeno dobro sakriven. Put im se ukršta sa vekovima starim tajnim društvom, čiji je član bio pokojni kustos, ali i Da Vinči, Isak Njutn, Botičeli, Igo, kao i sa kontroverznim ogrankom Katoličke crkve. Ukoliko Robert i Sofi ne uspeju da dešifruju kod na vreme, drevna tajna, kao i velika istorijska istina, biće zauvek izgubljena.
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Ruitenberg, JosephineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Valla, RiccardoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Windsor, Michael J.Cover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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For Blythe... again. More than ever.
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Robert Langdon awoke slowly.
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Sophie: "I thought Constantine was a Christian"
Bezu: "Did you approve?" (about the Louvre Pyramid)

Robert: "Yes, your pyramid is magnificent."

Bezu: (grunt) "A scar on the face of Paris."
Robert: "We're on a Grail quest, Sophie. Who better to help us than a knight?" (about Leigh)
Leigh: "Those who seek the truth are more than friends. They are brothers."
A cryptex works much like a bicycle's combination lock ... any information to be inserted is written on a papyrus scroll ... rolled around a delicate glass vial of liquid ... vinegar ... If someone attempted to force open the cryptex, the glass vial would break, and the vinegar would quickly dissolve the papyrus. By the time anyone extracted the secret message, it would be a glob of meaningless pulp.
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A murder in the silent after-hours halls of the Louvre museum 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 granddaughter, noted cryptographer Sophie Neveu, and Robert Langdon, a famed symbologist, can untangle.

The duo become both suspects and detectives searching not only for Neveu's grandfather'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, the mystery leads Neveu and Langdon on a breathless flight through France, England and history itself.
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thriller with a religious
twist. Why all the fuss?
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0385504209, Hardcover)

With 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 esoteria culled from 2,000 years of Western history.

A murder in the silent after-hour halls of the Louvre museum 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 granddaughter, 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 grandfather'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, the mystery leads Neveu and Langdon on a breathless flight through France, England, and history itself. Brown (Angels and Demons) 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

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The secret Catholic organization known as Opus Dei has struck. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been found dead inside the museum, surrounded by eldritch ciphers in invisible ink. It is up to Harvard semiotician Robert Langdon and his French cryptologist partner Sophie Neveu to decode the cipers, and get to the bottom of an ever-widening mystery. They discover that the late curator was the gatekeeper of the "Priory of Sion", a secret society whose members included Leonardo da Vinci, and that he sacrificed his life to protect a vastly important ancient religious relic from Opus Dei. If Langdon and Neveu do not deciper the clues in time, Opus Dei will get its hands on the relic, and havoc will be wrought.… (more)

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