Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown Review

"An ingenious code hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci. A desperate race through the cathedrals and castles of Europe. An astonishing truth concealed for centuries ... unveiled at last.

As millions of readers around the globe have already discovered, The Da Vinci Code is a reading experience unlike any other. Simultaneously lightning-paced, intelligent, and intricately layered with remarkable research and detail, Dan Brown's novel is a thrilling masterpiece - from its opening pages to its stunning conclusion."

This book might as well be called "vile worthless doodles," but I believe that's very rude of me to say that. Then again, I'm struck by how crazy inaccurate this book is. Oh, wait. I think there is even a little thing about that... It's called being Dan Brown-ed (or so I heard). Darn it. I still read the book despite that. 

Despite the inaccuracies in this book, I actually enjoyed the story. Never for one moment am I not entertained or bored out of my mind. 

Let's start with the main character, Robert... whatever. I forgot his last name. Anyway, I have no idea what his character is like. Seriously. Not a single clue. The purpose of his character so far is to 1) be so much smarter than the rest of the characters and cast, 2) provide information no one else knows, and 3) be the expert on everything. I'm surprised he doesn't start sprouting Chinese symbolism in the middle of some conversations, but I guess it won't support the plot. 

You know what? I'm going to underline that part about Robert being super perfect that he makes everyone else dumb. Sophie, who is the professional cryptographer and has canonically been doing that since she was six years old, suddenly can't solve some of the puzzles her grandfather lays out before her. Also, Robert apparently knows her grandfather better than she does. We're talking about a man who has never met Sophie's grandfather and a woman who has known him since the early days of her life (until they had a fallout). I think Sophie would have a better clue to who her grandfather is (even if he does freak the crap out of her). After all, her grandfather is (was?) the one teaching her all the cyphers and little anagrams. 

The world building. A huge hole of inaccuracies. Though the book is labeled fiction, it sounds so real that you... almost... almost believe it. 

The ending. I have no idea what's going on in that part. Even though I read it like... four times. I had to look up the movie version to finally get it. (Sorry, I'm probably slow. Or not.)

In conclusion, The Da Vinci Code has a title that doesn't make any sense. Shouldn't it be like The Vinci Code instead? Because The Da Vinci Code pretty much means The Of Vinci Code. Weird. Anyway, the book is most definitely suspenseful and intriguing. But it seriously lacks depth, especially in characterization. 

Rating: Three out of Five

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