Day 08 – Most overrated book
My friends all raved about The daVinci Code. “You have to read it”, they said. They badgered and cajoled constantly. Finally I saw it on sale and gave in to the pressure. Boy was I sorry. As far as I’m concerned, Dan Brown can’t write. Of course, neither can I, but I’m not trying to be a best-selling author.
I was so frustrated with his conclusions and inferences, that I literally threw this book across the room at least 3 times that I remember. His research is faulty at best, yet “the world” swallowed it all hook, line and sinker. Much later, he admitted in an interview (and I wish I had the time to go research it out on the web) that his book shouldn’t be taken as factual—that is was total fiction. Too late.
However, I can say that there was some good in this book. The book was challenging because it dared to question, in it’s own way, my religious faith. As I read, I gave thought to what I believed and why. Was I firm in my beliefs? I found that I was firm, that I was secure, and that my beliefs certainly could stand up to someone else’s vivid imagination and speculations.
It was when I read this quote, found near the end of chapter 82:
“…every faith in the world is based on fabrication.”
that I realized where Brown was coming from, and decided that I had put too much emphasis on his inaccuracies, and not enough emphasis on the simple enjoyment of reading. From that point forward, the book was just a modestly interesting read. Granted one whose premise I disagreed with 😉 — but a somewhat decent read nonetheless.
Do I recommend this book? Yes and no. It is a fair mystery, well paced, with at least 2 likable characters. Will it challenge your religious beliefs? Possibly. But if your beliefs can’t stand up to some scrutiny, then they aren’t strong enough to carry you through the tough times. So if you are looking for an easy mystery, and don’t care if it’s well written or factual – give the book a try.
A few particulars (and these may contain some spoilers, but this book is old enough that I’m comfortable sharing them):
- I found Captain Fache to be a rather distasteful person in the long run, and that saddened me.I found Brown’s premise that Christ was married, and that He was married to Mary Magdalene totally repugnant. Totally.
- I’ve viewed some online photo’s of the cleaned up “Last Supper”, and disagree that Mary Magdalene is found within this painting.
- I found most unsettling the descriptions of Opus Dei, and the secret rituals of the Priory of Sion. I can honestly tell you that the ritual Sophie described watching was particularly distasteful.
- Some of his comments regarding the Knights Templar and Freemasonry are totally INaccurate—and I have that on very good authority that cannot be impugned.
- I was completely unprepared for Rémy being the “inside” man; yet after it was revealed, I realized that I should have seen that coming. I then guessed who “The Teacher” was.
- I had the code words “SOFIA” and “APPLE”, as well as “A. POPE” *long* before Langdon did. 😉
- I also realized that the secret about Sophie’s family had to be that they were alive and in hiding. Once we met the “young docent” at Rosslyn Chapel I *knew* he was Sophie’s brother.
- The nods to Harrison Ford and Harry Potter cracked me up.
“Harrison Ford in Harris tweed”
Rating: On a scale of 1-5, with 5 the top: 2.25. The world considers this a 5-star read. I consider it overrated and then some.