Book Review: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

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Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Historical Fiction

Released Date: 28th of March 2006

Published by: Anchor Books

Wow. Just wow. I just finished reading Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown and I don’t know how to express my feelings. Thanks to Mommy Jane and Rose, who convinced me to read this captivating novel. Despite having a busy schedule this past few week I manage to read and finished the book. Honestly, I don’t have any ideas what the book and the movie’s story were all about. Yes, I do sense that the book is mysterious and about treasure hunting because of the cover but far from that I don’t have any slightest idea. Aside from my personal favorite Japanese classic literature Flowers of Grass by Takehiko Fukunaga, Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, Da Vinci Code added to the list of the books that I will surely remember.

Jacques Saunière, the curator in a museum, was murdered in Paris. The day he was killed was also the day he had an appointment with Robert Langdon, a known historian, and a lecturer. Robert Langdon, unknown of the said appointment with the curator became the only suspect in Jacques’ murder where in fact he didn’t get to meet Jacques on their supposed appointment. The head of the police, Captain Fache, made clear that Robert Langdon will go to jail before the night ends. The twisting and intriguing story of Da Vinci Code will lead you to shocking revelations and belief shattering stories.

Cryptologist Sophie Neveu, the granddaughter of Jacques Saunière, felt bad because she discovered the clues that her grandfather left late and she felt responsible for Robert Langdon, innocent, being interrogate and for some reason the only suspect that the Judicial Police Department of Paris have. From the thrilling adventure of Robert and Sophie to the exciting hunting of the treasure that her grandfather is protecting, they both unlock the truth of the history and, on the other hand, the truth about Sophie’s family.

What I like about this book is the:

Crypts: I like how Jacques(or Dan Brown) put double meaning on his clues. From the message he left on his murder, to Leonardo Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa, to the Fibonacci sequence, to the message under the wood box, everything, I liked it. I enjoyed reading Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu figuring out the location, the answers and the ideas behind every word.

Information: One thing that I won’t forget here, are the words:

  • “Hermaphrodite”, I was speechless. The word came from the Greek God “Hermes”, represents the male and Greek Goddess “Aphrodite, which represents the female. I never thought of the word like that, so, when I read it in the book I was in total awe.
  • “PHI”, this is the golden ratio, in mathematics, art, and architecture, it represents 1.618. We can see and find this everywhere, from bees to humans. Proportion to the height and navel of humans. You will see. Everything from us to our surrounding is Divine Proportion and it is amazing how Dan Brown describes it and how he state that the Divine Proportion can be seen on Leonardo Da Vinci’s paintings.

Story Line: I was not totally shocked when revelations at the end of the story revealed — more of I was amazed how Dan Brown put everything in place.

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown is a novel that is worthy to read. I travel from Paris to London, seen the arts of the churches and places, I even acquired knowledge that will surely make a difference to my beliefs. I don’t have any expectations from this book before I read it but as I read it, I thought, “I need more!” I can’t seem to put the book down. This book made me awake at 5AM and I believe I just became a fan of Brown’s work.

This controversial book will surely leave you hanging.

“Faith ― acceptance of which we imagine to be true, that which we cannot prove.”

My ratings: 5 stars

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