Sunday, January 1, 2017

Book Review: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

In the second Robert Langdon adventure, Dan Brown writes about the mysterious Priori and their quest to hide the holy grail while leaving subtle clues in artworks including the paintings of Leonardo Da Vinci. This novel starts off quickly with Langdon being summoned to the scene of yet another murder, this time at the Louvre by the French police chief Fache only to find out that he has been accused of the murder of the curator. The cryptologist Sophie Neveu helps him flee but before they leave the historic museum they discover the victim left them hidden messages.

The book stirred up a lot of controversy when it first came out and quickly rose to the top of bestsellers list cementing Brown as a writer who could sell box on a large scale. The fast pace of the novels chases helps to move the plot along as the mystery unfolds and an art history lecture takes place. This form of education I find incredibly beneficial because even though it hints at interesting details, the plot helps move the story along and keep readers interested. I don't normally read books for a second time but since I determine I would revisit Langdon, I certainly haven't been bored.

Plenty of other writers have ridiculed Brown's form and use of prose but I didn't find it too distracting though not too impressive either. It simply gets the job done. A lot of information needs to be relayed on top of the present action and though some flashbacks popped up at awkward moments and explanations of the obvious were abundant, I understand how this novel could appeal to a wide audience. 

Knowing the twist and turns allowed me to see how Brown drops subtle clues throughout the hint towards the end of the story but also the next twist in the immediate scene. It's not too impressive a reveal but I remember being stunned during my first read when I was younger and not as observant. This time around I enjoyed the historical perspective more so than the mystery of who caused the murder.

The ending is pretty corny and a bit anticlimactic, Brown is at his best when he is mid-chase or allows Langdon to lecture rapidly. I reviewed the movie back in October when I first decided I would review all these novels. I enjoyed the film but the book is way better. I would recommend this book to those who enjoyed the movie and want more historical context but would highly caution picky reader from picking up this novel. 

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