June Book of the Month: The DaVinci Code
Posted 08 June 2003 - 08:33 AM
Here are some posts from the summer reading thread to get you going:
In response to GWTW's query, "What's it about?" BW Posted:
[quote]The author is Dan Brown. Here is a description from Amazon's pages: "In a two-day span, American symbologist Robert Langdon finds himself accused of murdering the curator of the Louvre, on the run through the streets of Paris and London, and teamed up with French cryptologist Sophie Neveu to uncover nothing less than the secret location of the Holy Grail. It appears that a conservative Catholic bishop might be on the verge of destroying the Grail, which includes an alternate history of Christ that could bring down the church. Whoever is ordering the deaths of the Grail's guardians--modern-day members of an ancient society descended from the famed Knights Templar--must be stopped before the treasure is lost forever. To do so, Langdon and Neveu have to solve a series of ciphers and riddles while evading a tireless French police commander and a ruthless albino monk. Despite being hampered by clunky flashback sequences and place descriptions that read like tourist brochures, the story is full of brain-teasing puzzles and fascinating insights into religious history and art. Ultimately, Brown's intricate plot delivers more satisfying twists than a licorice factory. Frank Sennett
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved"[/quote]
[quote]I'm on page 154 right now. I SHOULD be cleaning the house, preparing a meal, taking a shower but all I want to do is read.
I see why people are so enthralled by it. It's chock-full of background on all kinds of topics: the Catholic Church's relationship to Opus Dei and paganism, feminism, fine arts and the lives of the artists, architecture, religious symbology, cryptology, mathematics (Fibonacci sequence is a biggie here) as well as being a really good mystery and, I hear, romance too.[quote]
Here's the link to [url="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0385504209/qid=1055089942/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/104-0887517-1432740?v=glance&s=books"]The DaVinci Code[/url] on Amazon.
Posted 08 June 2003 - 10:59 AM
Posted 08 June 2003 - 02:33 PM
That book opened up a watershed when published, it was not in a fiction setting.
Posted 08 June 2003 - 03:51 PM
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Posted 09 June 2003 - 11:09 AM
DV Code is actually #1 on the NY Times bestseller list.
And apparently there's a controversy over whether the book is plagiarism... (SPOILER ALERT, if you haven't read the book and don't want to learn plot line...don't read this)
Posted 10 June 2003 - 03:58 PM
I know, I know... It's not a race! ;)
Posted 10 June 2003 - 05:50 PM
Posted 10 June 2003 - 07:42 PM
If you go to www.danbrown.com, there's a gallery of photographs of places and paintings he describes in the book. Also, check out www.thedavincicode.com; it takes you on a fun little quest.
Posted 10 June 2003 - 07:48 PM
Also, if you just want to have people make comments as they read -- that's one way. Or if you want to pose questions for discussion (start a new thread, perhaps, with Da Vinci Code, or DVC, in the thread title?) that's another way to do it.
Posted 10 June 2003 - 08:14 PM
Posted 12 June 2003 - 09:19 PM
For those that have already read the novel, does anyone remember the part explaining the little significant details in The Last Supper? My book is currently being borrowed by a friend, so I can't refer to it directly. I think it was either Leigh or Langdon pointing out a random, unattached hand holding a dagger. Whether this was an observation made alone by the author or that of art scholars, I don't know. I took a close look out of a HUGE picture book of a collection of Da Vinci's works, and it didn't seem to me like it was just some mysterious hand. It looks like the hand of the fourth disciple to the left, the hand which is sitting on his hip. He's the one placing his other hand on Mary Magdalene's shoulder, leaning over the fifth man with a menacing look at Mary.
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