The Da Vinci Code


Finished The Da Vinci Code a few minutes ago, and not a minute too soon. Reading it was like listening to a know-it-all explaining the story of a Jerry Bruckheimer film without a time limit. Consider:

“… Langdon noted with uneasiness that these particular cloisters lived up to their Latin ties to the word claustrophobic.”

Do you know anyone who talks like this all the time? Do you like to spend time with this person? There are whole pages of discussions of things like the golden ratio and fibonacci sequences that come off as masturbatory. Plot twists and puzzle solutions are condescendingly telegraphed with marquee lights pages ahead of time as if reaffirming the idea that Langdon (and by extension, Dan Brown) is just that much smarter than the reader.

Still, I’ve no-one to blame but myself. Despite the silly plot and tone I still stayed up late and finished the whole thing, if only to witness unbelievable moments such as three supposed Da Vinci scholars staring at a “code” of clearly-reversed cursive lettering and not recognizing what was going on. That’s not all of it, however — I guess I’m a bit of a sheep after all.

Summary? Let’s just say that it was about as entertaining as National Treasure with three times the time investment.

It’s possible that I’m just feeling annoyed at a book that has yet to be released in paperback after two years in print. I doubt it, though. Thank goodness for the library — where I also picked up some Mishima as a palate cleanser.

In other news, I’ve had that poppy cover of “Pure Imagination” (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) from the Mastercard commercial stuck in my head all evening, which kicked off a brief google search to find out how I might get ahold of it in a more on-demand format. Phooey on Wikipedia for making it so easy to find bad news.

tags: books , danbrown , movies , music

  • airetsi

    Well, I guess I'll move that a few books down on my 'to read' list. Gee, how could the masses be so wrong? :)

  • I know, right? I'm not sure why I plowed right into Angels & Demons directly afterwards. Glutton for punishment, I guess.


    i had much the same reaction, perhaps a shade less tolerant if possible. it was easily the stupidest and most disappointing read of the year. just exciting enough to keep you turning pages, but not enough to take away the sense of shame at yourself for your own gullibility.


  • shadows

    Ha ha. I meant to phrase my comment/question in a disbelieving way, not because I thought you really hadn't watched the movie and were just making such a comment anyways. It was more that I was surprised that anyone else watched the movie. I'm still not sure why I did.

    I read Elizabeth Kostova's much lauded The Historian earlier this summer and had a mostly "eh" response to it. It's been compared to Da Vinci Code and other like-novels. I read also that The Historian will be made into a movie. It definitely reads like one of these suspense/conspiracy movie plots where the surprise twists are telegraphed and bludgeoned into you. But at least it's about vampires and books and bibliophilic vampires.

  • I did, I did. I wouldn't say something like that unless I had. :)

  • shadows

    Heh. OMG did you watch National Treasure, too? I watched it and the whole time was wondering how such a movie could be made.

  • Told ya!

  • I'm not as harsh on Dan Brown as you -- while I can see where you are coming from, it just didn't annoy me as much. I whipped through all of his books pretty quickly, and here are my observations:

    1. I consider his books to be cotton candy for the brain. All sugar, no substance.

    2. All of his books have essentially the same plot.

    3. After reading Digital Fortress, this thought came to me:

    "Wow, he's like Neal Stephenson without the talent!"

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