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Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
The first book I've read in a day since "Harry Potter"!


Brown's narrative style is like great chocolate: rich, seductive, and seriously addictive. I read this one in a single day, and look forward to reading it again! I absolutely love Grail fiction, so finding this novel was like finding...well, you get the idea. The ideas may not be totally new, but they are presented in a gripping and fascinating manner. I'm sure that there will be knee-jerk reactions from many Catholics, but even though I am a Christian I found Brown's ideas about the role of political manipulation in the history of the Church to be intriguing food for thought. Here's to thinking outside the box!



Product: Book Paperback
Title: De-Coding Da Vinci: The Facts Behind the Fiction of The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor
Authors: Amy Welborn
Rating: 1/5
De-Coding Da Vinci: The Facts Behind the Fiction of The Da Vinci Code
I also want my two hours back


The book is written in a very condescending manner which I found to be insulting at best. Amy Welborn does not appear to understand that Dan Brown's novel was fictional.I struggled to finish this trite novel and I now wish I had spent my time more wisely.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 4/5
The Da Vinci Code
Okay, I have read the novel and here is what I think...


In the "Poetics," his famous study of Greek dramatic art, Aristotle compares tragedy to such other metrical forms as comedy and epic poetry. He argues that tragedy, like all poetry, is a kind of imitation (mimesis), but adds that it has a serious purpose and uses direct action rather than narrative to achieve its ends. Aristotle holds that poetic mimesis is imitation of things as they could be, not as they are (i.e., of universals and ideals). Consequently, poetry--that is to say, all literature--is a more philosophical and exalted medium than history, which merely records what actually happened. Aristotle was defending poetry as much as explaining it because there were those in ancient Greece who were deeply offended that anyone should create works of fiction.That would seem to explain some of the reaction to Dan Brown's bestseller, "The Da Vinci Code," that has enraged many theologians who have denounced it as anti-Catholic. Brown takes some credible theories about the early Christians, mines the paintings of Leonardo for helpful symbolism, and creates a series of codes left behind by a dying man, to create a thriller with Biblical implications. However, along the way there is a consistent and compelling critique, not so much of the Catholic Church of today, but of the early history of Christianity. The person who takes the biggest drubbing in the book is not the Pope (either one of them that figure in the story), but the Emperor Constantine. The idea that "The Da Vinci Code" constitutes a revisionist view of Christianity is pretty ironic since it was Paul's transformation of the teachings of Jesus into something more palatable for the Gentiles of the Roman Empire, the history of Christianity has been one of transformation. The big question then becomes whether or not "The Da Vinci Code" is a theological argument dressed up as a mystery that should have been advanced as a scholarly treatise. The position that Christianity fueled a patriarchal society at the expense of Mother Earth permeates the novel, but ultimately it is part of the rationale for solving the mystery, existing more as a function of narrative than a rhetorical stance. Then again, I have no problem with the idea that Jesus will always be an important historical figure, regardless of what information might be discovered or revealed in the future. By the same token, speculation about a possible marriage between Jesus and Mary Magdalene does nothing to distract from the power of his ministry. On the other hand, I fully realize that such a position will be regarded by a great many as heresy, so I grant that the very premise of Brown's novel will be considered offensive by a great many people. All I can offer in response is the belief that Brown was not intending to challenge such beliefs, but wanted to take some interesting ideas and creatively filling some gaps to make a compelling mystery. The key supporting evidence for this idea would be that most of the key characters take all of this for granted, so that they are always explaining rather than advocating these various ideas. Of course, there will be those who are disappointed to find out that everything in this fictional novel is not true and who will be upset that this is indeed a work of fiction. But so what if Leonardo Da Vinci did not hide clues about church secrets in his paintings? All Brown needs is a willing suspension of disbelief on the part of his readers (which may be another reason that true believers are grossly offended by the theological "politics" of this novel); from the perspective of symbolists you can "find" lots of things in any artwork from Da Vinci to Degas to Dali to Dr. Seuss. The idea that that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute is a potent one because it speaks to the power of redemption, where even a fallen woman can be saved. Opus Dei and the Priory of Sion are real organizations, but unless you were well vested in such things it would not have mattered if Brown had made up names for the two groups. But clearly Brown wanted to keep his story as close to the real world as possible, for obvious reasons. If you want to separate the truth from fiction with "The Da Vinci Code," then just wait patiently: I am sure several books claiming to do just that will be published in 2004 (and all of them together will probably sell one-tenth as many copies as Brown's novel). It would especially be nice to have a book that collects images of all the works of art and places that are so pivotal in the novel."The Da Vinci Code" is a quick and engaging read, where the storytelling matters more than the writing, especially when we are involved in breaking the various codes and making the pieces fit. Actually, I was rather surprised that the cast of characters remained rather small, but the scope of the conspiracy has historical depth rather than contemporary breadth (turning the novel into a screenplay is not going to be difficult: i.e., no characters of subplots have to be eliminated). The characters exist to play the games, solve the riddles, and break the codes because very few readers are going to have a chance to do any of that. I know that Da Vinci wrote backwards in his notebooks and that there are strong similarities between the face of the Mona Lisa and Da Vinci's self portrait, so I was ahead of the curve on a few points, but overall I was just along for the ride (I also knew a bit from playing "Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned"). The ending made sense to me from both a narrative standpoint, especially in terms of what ending you could hope to get away with in the context of keeping the story as "real" as possible. But there is also the attendant irony, given the controversy over the book's "attack" on the Chruch, that the ending constitutes more of a matter of faith.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 2/5
The Da Vinci Code
Fascinating premise, mediocre execution


This novel has generated a lot of interest because of its fascinating premise, but at its core, it's a fairly mediocre piece of fluff literature. For those truly interested in the theological and philosophical questions surrounding the book's central mystery, there are far better sources of information available. It's not bad; it's entertaining in a quick, light, fluffy kind of way, but it's ultimately disappointing in that the subject matter deserved a better novel.But what annoyed me most of all was the hero's name: Robert Langdon. It just <i>sounds</i> like the name of a hero in a fluffy mystery novel. Surely Mr. Brown could have come up with something a bit less trite.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 4/5
The Da Vinci Code
Excellent Book! Fast and Fun!


This is my first Dan Brown book and I must admit, I was a little leery reading this book because of the book's popularity. Sometimes popular does not always mean better. However, 'The Da Vinci Code' is the exception. You do not need an extensive background in art or religion to enjoy this book. Mr. Brown covers those areas in detail in an easy understandable format. If you come from a religious background you may (or may not) accept the writings in the book. Please keep an open mind.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: Secrets of the Code: The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries Behind The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Perseus Books Group Rating: 2/5
Secrets of the Code: The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries Behind The Da Vinci Code
MAKING MONEY OUT OF DAN BROWN'S BOOK


This author is taking an idea from Dan Brown's book and I don't think he has a great talent at all.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 4/5
The Da Vinci Code
OVER REACTORS NEED NOT APPLY...


I found this a great treat. It is not the my typical genre, so if you are looking for a change, this is wonderful. Once I started this mystery, I could not put it down.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: Secrets of the Code: The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries Behind The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Perseus Books Group Rating: 4/5
Secrets of the Code: The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries Behind The Da Vinci Code
The Code decoded?????


I suspect that it was inevitable that with the success of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code it was only a matter of time before the copy-cats began showing up. Secrets of the Code by Dan Burstein isn't exactly like a copy-cat, but it does bang on the points made by Brown. In fact, this is really the fourth book dealing with some aspect of Grail mythology.....Burstein has pulled together contributors from a wide range of disciplines....archaeology, art history, religion, philosopy among others. While I don't recognize the contibutors, we are led to believe that they represent of leaders in their respective fields.If you've been captivated by Browns book, then Secrets of the Code is a must read for you. A quick look around book stores or public libraries will reveal a wide range of other books on the general topics of Mary Magdalene, the Holy Grail, and Templar mythology....but honestly, Secrets of the Code is among the best.Dan Browns Da Vinci Code is probably one of the most controversial books to appear since I've been dealing with the reading public as a librarian. Secrets of the Code, if read and heeded, will give you the facts you need to debate Browns book intelligently.Get the book....read it.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 1/5
The Da Vinci Code
YUK!


I'll be blunt: If you liked this book you are an idiot. You know nothing about good writing OR about the Bible. I made it 2/3 of the way through before I tossed the book against the wall. The charactors are made of wood, got sick of the cliche bad guys and cliche cops, and got relly tired of all the facts being distorted or just plain wrong. What a waste of time.. The more I hoped it was going somewhere, the more nowhere it went..



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
Best Book I've Ever Read.


This is quite simply- the best book I have ever read. Each time I got toward the end of a chapter, I just had to read the next. The entire book has a "film quality" feel about it..meaning that I could picture the movie in my mind as I was reading it. Excellent book and I highly recommend that you pick it up. I was so surprised with the ending of this book that it reminded me of the movie "The Usual Suspects", which didn't reveal the "secret" until the very end. I can't wait to see who portays the characters in this book when it hits the movie screens...!!!



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