The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown
Page Count: 490 (Paperback)
Publishing Company: Anchor Books
Series: Robert Langdon #2
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.
While in Paris, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is awakened by a phone call in the dead of the night. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, his body covered in baffling symbols. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist Sophie Neveu sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci—clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.
Even more startling, the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion—a secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci—and he guarded a breathtaking historical secret. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle—while avoiding the faceless adversary who shadows their every move—the explosive, ancient truth will be lost forever.
One of the many reasons why I picked up The Da Vinci Code was because I read Inferno which I enjoyed. Yeah… I read the fourth book before I read the second book… or the third. Whoops! Another reason why I read this was because The Da Vinci Code is a pretty famous book which I had always planned to read anyway.
When I started The Da Vinci Code, I was not disappointed. Not long after the beginning, the action starts. This was a refreshing change, considering that I’ve read a lot of mystery books where almost nothing happens at the beginning. And yes, the mystery is fast-paced which is also something I really like. The pace of the book kept me captive as new incentives every few chapters.
I’ve always loved codes. I mean, I’m not spectacularly good at cracking them, but they’re always interesting. That’s why I was so happy a lot of the mystery consisted of codes Robert and Sophie had to break. I have to say, many of the codes were just awesome.
In my opinion, the mystery wasn’t quite as good as the codes. Three quarters of the way into the book, I hazarded a guess as to who the Teacher was and… I was correct which made it a little disappointing to me. That successful prediction was all due to Rémy. I did like what the mystery led to though, when the important information about Sophie’s family is revealed. There was something that surprised me though. I really didn’t expect Fache to act the way he did in the end.
Paris was a great setting of this book. Brown does describe Paris quite well, and I can tell he definitely done some research (either by visiting or by internet who knows), as there are street names included. What I loved a lot was Brown’s incorporation of the after-hours Louvre when the red lights are turned on. Basically, I learnt a lot of interesting information about art museums.
When my current English teacher saw that I was reading The Da Vinci Code, he put on his I-can’t-believe-you’re-reading-that face (ironic since the English teachers at my school are supposed to encourage us to read a diverse range of books haha). But, I understand that The Da Vinci Code is a very controversial book, and that some people are uncomfortable with the contents (like my English teacher), so I only recommend you read this book if it doesn’t make you uncomfortable. The mystery was quite interesting though!
By the way, Silas’ practice of purging his sins is seriously creepy.
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