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Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
Boldfaced Fiction


Before reading "Da Vinci Code", I've read "History: Fiction or Science?" by Fomenko. Reading Dan was real fun compared to academic Fomenko. And after all, history of humankind was never a real science. It is a boldfaced fiction!



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
AuthorZone.Com Book Review


This is a wonderful plot, and a step up from Dan Brown's previous works. Although he keeps the same storyline -- Robert Langdon gets a call in the middle night, is drawn in to solve a grizzly murder with the help of a beautiful and smart woman -- this plot is rich in its historical facts and details, alluding to theology, art history, and symbology.The only drawback (pardon me for being so critical) is that Brown's writing style reminds me of books recommended for 9th grade readers. It is a simple style he uses, and his characters necessarily take on a 2-dimensional nature.The richness of the plot carries the day, however, and the simple and "young" writing tyle proves little more than a distraction.



Product: Book Paperback
Title: El Codigo Da Vinci / The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Ediciones Urano
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 1/5
El Codigo Da Vinci / The Da Vinci Code
Thriller flojo y mal informado


?Hay que leer un libro porque todo mundo lo est? leyendo? La respuesta es evidente: no, sin embargo resulta dif?cil escapar del fen?meno de El c?digo Da Vinci de Dan Brown, texto que, como los panes, multiplica su oferta en supermercados, librer?as, tiendas departamentales, p?ginas de Internet, que merece programas especiales de radio y televisi?n, fugaz pero constante tema de sobremesa, y del que incluso el televidente m?s lejano de la cultura libresca tiene conocimiento; as? pues, sobran pretextos para entrarle al mamotreto de m?s de 500 p?ginas, m?s all? de la siempre sospechosa recomendaci?n del The New York Times de la contraportada, que lo anuncia como un "inteligente thriller lleno de enigmas y c?digos".
Eso y nada m?s: un thriller, el gui?n para una pel?cula que con toda seguridad pronto se ver? en pantalla, m?s que una novela, El c?digo Da Vinci es un c?ctel que mezcla acci?n, organizaciones secretas, documentos ocultos por la iglesia cat?lica durante miles de a?os, escenarios de Inglaterra, Nueva York y Francia, museos y centros tur?sticos, castillos versallescos y oficinas en Lexington Avenue, historia "ver?dica" por la que cruzan los personajes de ficci?n code?ndose con Newton, Boticelli, Jean Cocteau, V?ctor Hugo e incluso Walt Disney, marco que sirve para contar sobre la conspiraci?n que oculta a la humanidad un secreto sobre la vida de Jesucristo.
Gui?n m?s que novela donde la secuencia, presentaci?n de los personajes y cortes de cap?tulos se ajustan lo necesario para generar el suspenso y, jam?s, revelar la informaci?n de un solo golpe. Dan Brown sabe su oficio, es sagaz y astuto al escribir para satisfacer las necesidades de los lectores acostumbrados ya a internet y la posibilidad de cruzar las fuentes de la informaci?n, intertextualidad que le dicen, el texto funciona tambi?n como un mamotreto interactivo, las pistas para descubrir el "conocimiento que puede cambiar la historia de la humanidad" se basan en descifrar peque?os detalles antes nunca vistos en cuadros de Da Vinci o en piezas musicales de Mozart, incluso invita a mirar cuadro por cuadro El Rey Le?n y La Sirenita.
Descripciones y pasajes enteros llenos de "trampas" para el lector, escenas que no se resuelven, que en el af?n de mantener la tensi?n sacrifican la l?gica narrativa, inflando artificialmente el conflicto. Trampas en el sentido de que la informaci?n se da a cuenta gotas y en la mayor?a de las ocasiones se oculta, como una mala novela polic?aca que inicia con un asesinato, sigue con la presentaci?n de los posibles autores del crimen y manipula la atenci?n del lector para prejuiciarlo hacia uno de ellos para, al final, conseguir una vuelta de tuerca con base en una pista que nunca se proporcion?; de hecho, esa es la l?nea argumental que se desarrolla a lo largo de la obra.
La astucia de Dan Brown alcanza para hacer el libro entretenido si uno es el tipo de lector al que no le importa ser tratado como alguien que necesita que se le repitan dos o tres veces las cosas y si se pueden pasar por alto las constantes muestras de humor involuntario, como muestra las descripciones de los protagonistas, el detective Robert Langdon es definido como un Harrison Ford con traje de tweed, con "Una barba incipiente le oscurec?a el rostro de recia mand?bula y barbilla con hoyuelo. En las sienes, las canas prosegu?an su avance, y hac?an cada vez m?s incursiones en su espesa mata de pelo negro. Aunque sus colegas femeninas insist?an en que acentuaban su atractivo intelectual, ?l no estaba de acuerdo", mientras que la aparici?n de Sophie Neveu, la chica buena de la pel?cula mala, es en los siguientes t?rminos: una joven de "paso ligero, resuelto, cadencioso, cautivador (...) Era atractiva y ten?a unos treinta a?os. El pelo, color caoba, le ca?a suelto sobre los hombros, enmarcando un rostro de c?lida expresi?n. A diferencia de las rubias desamparadas y tontitas de Harvard, aquella mujer ten?a una belleza sana, se ve?a aut?ntica e irradiaba una incre?ble sensaci?n de confianza en s? misma".
M?s que humor involuntario, literatura desparpajada y falta de imaginaci?n, floja en la elaboraci?n de met?foras y displicente al momento de la descripci?n, El c?digo Da Vinci no es m?s que un entretenimiento polic?aco con suma de lugares comunes, donde se sacrifica la l?gica pero sobre todo se subestima al lector.
?C?mo entender entonces el ?xito de este libro?, sencillo, no se vende literatura, se le proporciona status al lector, la idea de que leer una obra calificada como inteligente lo convierte en intelectual; mas no hay sabidur?a a lo largo de 500 p?ginas, s?lo informaci?n, datos que el autor presenta como si durante todo el tiempo se hubiesen tenido a la vista y s?lo a trav?s de esta lectura el lector es capaz de reconocer la conspiraci?n de los malos en contra de su inteligencia.
La idea de una conspiraci?n fascina pues es el camino m?s sencillo para dejar de responsabilizarse ante el fen?meno est?tico, es m?s f?cil creer que entender. La belleza no basta por s? misma, mucho menos el ideal de la contemplaci?n que implica un descubrimiento, no hay suficiente tiempo para eso, resulta m?s sencillo que alguien (en este caso Dan Brown) se tome la molestia de licuar la informaci?n de diversas fuentes y generar peque?as c?psulas de conocimiento.
?Importa si la informaci?n es cierta?, no, al parecer no, la proliferaci?n de informaci?n hace suponer que estamos informados, sin necesidad de un esfuerzo a?adido de nuestra parte, se glosa la informaci?n, se proporciona digerida, no hay necesidad de buscarla, mucho menos crearla, se revela un secreto (sin importar que est? construido con informaci?n falsa), se dictan reglas m?nimas para observar una pintura, una pel?cula, un libro.
Es m?s sencilla la vida (en realidad simple) si alguien que nos devela aquello oculto tras una obra de arte sin importar, reitero, que ese misterio sea falso.
?Hay que leer un libro porque todo mundo lo est? leyendo? La respuesta es evidente: no, la ?nica raz?n para leer es el placer; habr? quienes lo encuentren en El c?digo Da Vinci, salud pues.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 4/5
The Da Vinci Code
good reads come in all shapes and sizes


Reading the reviews of The Da Vinci Code has been almost entertaining as reading the book. However, it's troubling to read the comments from reviewers insulting those who enjoyed the book. As we all have something in common (we actually read books), can't we agree to disagree?Much of the vitriol directed at the book can be divided into two camps: 1) those who think Brown's research is either suspect or based on a heretic viewpoint, and 2) those who think Brown is a terrible writer. As a reviewer pointed out, if a book makes a person think and want to research its ideas further, then that piece of literature has merit. As E.L. Doctorow wrote in his essay The Importance of Fiction, "Fiction is democratic; it reasserts the authority of the single mind to make and remake the world" (1986).To be sure, Brown is no Hemingway, Faulkner or even Stephen King. He is a creative writer who has created a thought-proking thriller. The best advice/recommendation is to read the book and form your own opinion.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
This book makes you think really hard...


This is a SUPERB thriller! But let's be clear - it never intends to be fine literature, with richly developed characters.The characters of this story are merely props, to propel a FABULOUS plot. You will literally not be able to stop reading! Sure, it's a guilty pleasure, and junk food for your mind, but life's about more than diet and exercise, right?



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 3/5
The Da Vinci Code
A Disappointing Read


My friend had been raving about this book and said she couldn't put it down and couldn't wait to finish it so I could read it and discuss it with her. So I had great expectations that were quickly dashed. Starts out with a bang, and runs downhill. When I read a thriller, I want to be surprised at each turn, not screaming out the solutions pages before the characters arrive at them. There is not one single surprise here--well, OK, I wasn't positive about Fache's allegiance until near the end. It is just predictable and I wanted something more.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
DaVinci Code


This is a great potboiler, a page turner, as they like to say. And why not, with chapters averaging a little over four pages per chapter and thrilling writing to rival Edgar Rice Bourroughs. (How many of you are familiar with the great Tarzan series, as originally written? And would you rely on these books for information on life in Africa?). But it's nothing more. And surely anyone who reads this book to discover what the reality is is in an advanced state of idiocy.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 2/5
The Da Vinci Code
Awesome book


I admit, I too saw this book on the bestseller list and was intrigued. A relatively unknown author's book debuting in the top 10? Had to check it out, and boy do I have buyer's remorse. The book is, in a word, lousy. Mr. Brown must have some serious Catholic school damage, because the entire book is a rant about how "the Church" has subverted our 'true spiritual nature' as Goddess-worshipping free-loving wood nypmhs. "The Church" is responsible for all the male-centered evils that have been and are being wreaked upon the world. And "the Church" contains high officials who direct their acolytes to murder people in their attempt locate the Holy Grail. And of course, as pointed out by other readers, Brown heavily laces the book with the ridiculous theory that Jesus was not the Son of God but merely an important historical figure who married Mary Magdelene because it was politically advantageous (He was of the line of David, she of the Solomon line) and they produced offspring whose lineage survives today. Of course they did. The characters are paper thin, the plot is obvious, and the ending is anticlimactic. A big waste of time.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 3/5
The Da Vinci Code
Fun Read


Just finished "The DaVinci Code." It was fun for what it was - a romp through history. However, if you're interested in rollicking reads based on Grail lore, try Umberto Eco's "Foucault's Pendulum." As I read "The DaVinci Code" I kept in thinking that it was a dumbed-down version of Eco's book. The parallels are interesting; Paris, Knights Templer, Sofia . . . That said, Brown's book is a fun read. If you're new to Grail lore it's a pleasant introduction. If you're a humourless hyper-Christian, stay away.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
Chilling read


This book deals with the perplexing tale of a litte rubber duck who happens to murder Dan Vinchi. It all started back in Battery Park, New York City, New York, United States of America, Planet Earth. The rubber ducky himself was murdered by back in the galactic year 200.000.000.000.000.009 on a small palnet now know as Dgr'po'n?r by the native inhabitatns. But he was reincarnated as Derk Witherspoon (an english cattle farmer) in the year 1694 (Western time). I leave the rest for you to discover within the pages of this beatifully bound edition of The Vinc'i Code.



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