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The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
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The Da Vinci Code (original 2003; edition 2004)

by Dan Brown

Series: Robert Langdon (2)

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While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum. Near the body, police have found a baffling cipher. While working to solve the enigmatic riddle, Langdon is stunned to discover it leads to a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci--clues visible for all to see--yet ingeniously disguised by the painter. Langdon joins forces with a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, and learns the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion--an actual secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci, among others. In a breathless race through Paris, London, and beyond, Langdon and Neveu match wits with a faceless powerbroker who seems to anticipate their every move. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle in time, the Priory's ancient secret--and an explosive historical truth--will be lost forever.… (more)
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Title:The Da Vinci Code
Authors:Dan Brown
Info:Corgi Adult (2004), Paperback, 560 pages
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The Da Vinci Code by Dan BROWN (2003)

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I wish I could say one and a half stars, but it would be barely that. I read this when it came out, I think. I was a teenager and adored this book. It didn't seem like fiction at all. Sometimes I still thought about parts of it, years later. This was another book from the Reddit megathread "What's your favorite book" I decided to reread. Now that I'm an adult, a more critical reader and have more life experience, my opinion had already changed within the first ten pages. The book opens with the vaguest of murders. What is it with books and movies portraying stomach wounds as bringers of immediate and sure death? Contrivance and convenience, I declare. Sigh. Lemme have some medical reality, over here. Then, the novel switches to the main character forgetting he's at a major conference since he's so exhausted. What a sloppy introduction. He then humble-brags about how hot he thinks he is, especially since he's so tired. I'm not impressed.
There's an attempt at a Victor Hugo vibe, with tons of buildings being described, and it doesn't fit the tone of the story. The main villain, Silas, has albinism, to hammer in the Disability Means You're A Villain trope. I'm supposed to believe he has red eyes, which is another Totally Evil trope. The red or pink in some albino people's eyes has to do with blood vessels. It's not the actual color of the eye. Apparently Silas is totes brutal for breaking someone's neck with his bare hands. That's...not brutal, it's grabbing and twisting someone's head to an extreme angle and applying specific pressure. "The Hunger Games" did this better. There are cliche descriptions of: smiles (lopsided), redheads, and others.

I actually liked how Sophie's flashbacks were used and placed. I'm--trying not to judge, and I don't think I am as much as I -could- be, about Sophie's estrangement from her adored grandfather. He lied to her about a room in his house, his friends, his beliefs to some extent, and she was horrified to find him doing something she didn't understand. So she went full-on no contact (abbreviated as NC in online forums where this is common) for years. Um, the book really builds the act and her seeing it up, and I--why? What purpose does it serve in the novel? The book got boring shortly after page a hundred. The chapters with action sequences tended to be incredibly short, in contrast to the chapters on the symbolism of many things. Those were stuffed full of words. About eighty percent of this novel felt like History of Symbology 400 lectures, over and over again. So, a textbook with some action scenes and a sometimes-there villain who wasn't compelling or scary at all. And a sidekick, because I felt that she wasn't built up enough to be a heroine. Flashbacks are not characterization. She is much more interesting than the hero, though. The book would have been more interesting from Sophie's POV.

Beneath the numerous, semi-repetitive lectures, the increasingly flat action scenes, and the exponentially boring villains whose motives I just didn't buy, this is a cookie-cutter boy gets girl who is out of his league, book. I felt their getting together was contrived. The ending had me roll my eyes, and I was glad the book was over. And, seriously? -This- was the book that caused all that uproar and controversy? I made myself finish it in a few days that felt like a few years. Ugh. ( )
  iszevthere | Jun 28, 2022 |
2013/07/31
Swallowed whole at the time.
Now I wonder what made me read it.
It's a good one-time-only read.
The bottom line? Lots of hype and publicity. ( )
  QuirkyCat_13 | Jun 20, 2022 |
This was the perfect book to read on the 12 hour plane trip from Greece to New York. I can't imagine devoting so many hours to it in any other situation. ( )
  AlainaZ | Jun 5, 2022 |
I loved this book. It started out in the middle of a mystery, went on with intriguing facts, and then ends... At the time, I thought it was a terrible ending, and it got me pretty mad. In retrospect, I think it's hilarious. All in all, the ending is forgivable when you look at the rest of the book. ( )
  brutalstirfry | May 6, 2022 |
2-D characters, poor dialogue, lacked imagination. Holy Blood, Holy Grail is the better book! ( )
  fuzzipueo | Apr 24, 2022 |
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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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Biström, PirkkoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Correia, Mário DiasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Estrella, JuanjoTranslatorsecondary 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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While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum. Near the body, police have found a baffling cipher. While working to solve the enigmatic riddle, Langdon is stunned to discover it leads to a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci--clues visible for all to see--yet ingeniously disguised by the painter. Langdon joins forces with a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, and learns the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion--an actual secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci, among others. In a breathless race through Paris, London, and beyond, Langdon and Neveu match wits with a faceless powerbroker who seems to anticipate their every move. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle in time, the Priory's ancient secret--and an explosive historical truth--will be lost forever.

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