Sunday, 4 May 2014

Book Review : The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Book Review : The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

“Everyone loves a conspiracy.” 

Book Synopsis: 

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.

Book Review :

“History is always written by the winners. When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books-books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe. As Napoleon once said, 'What is history, but a fable agreed upon?” 

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown is a fast paced thriller where the main characters have to decipher clues in artwork, architecture and riddles to get to the bottom of a murder and save themselves. This is the first book I ever read by Dan Brown and I was completely speechless. It is book is so engaging that I was not able to put it down. Dan Brown is the master of mystery and fictional history likewise. He fabricates the story with such intricate and minute details and suspense that a reader cannot even guess what is going to happen on the next page. If you are looking for a book full of historical and mysterious intrigue, this book is for you. And mind you! It is is a long book. 

From the instant the book starts, Dan Brown immediately grabs the reader’s attention, grabbing them by the throat and making them read on right until the end! I like conspiracy theories, so the whole basis of the book was interesting.

Obviously most of what is in the book is fiction, but Brown's story telling makes you think it's real. 
I thought his use of real places, people and events in what is a fictional story was very clever.

 “Men go to far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.” 

   If you're into mystery/suspense genre, history or secret societies, I recommend this.
I’ll give it:

Reviewed by Fouzia Umer

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