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Hating the Da Vinci Code is a right of passage for any self-proclaimed intellectual. When the airport page-turner first came out, it was a sensation and a favourite water cooler discussion. Shortly thereafter, Dan Brown was vilified by the minority of his readers who actually had previous experience finishing a novel(s). The more the general public liked Dan Brown and his tripe, the more those of notable cultural and artistic expertise pooped on his face. With each Entertainment Tonight spotlight on the "smash hit", the closer the literarians came to castrating Brown to halt the general decline of homo sapien intelligence. To express your love of the "fast-paced, complex" plot also marked you for gelding.Here is but a sampling of my favourite cherrypicked Goodreads comments on the book and/or Dan Brown:- "bag of piss"- "laughable enough to be incorporated into the next Indiana Jones movie"- "$9 dollar wine"- "I've read dinner menus that were more demanding on the reader"- "inexcusable waste of time"- "total crap"- "ridiculously formulaic"- "self-aggrandizing oh-so-clever stuffed pompous troll"- "Whoever edited this drivel ought to be sewn in a sack with a rabid raccoon and flung into Lake Michigan"- "He is the Brittney Spears of authors."- "Worst. Book. Ever."- "Having read Curious George as a child (a towering work of literary genius by comparison), The DaVinci Code suffered perhaps unjustly."- "Facts are clumsily shoe-horned in or splattered about the page like pigeon-poop" Wow. Ok. I can't necessarily disagree with all of those comments, but you may notice my three star rating. I am a self-proclaimed (at least in an whisper) intellectual. Therein lies a conundrum. Am I a slack-jawed troglodyte? Or rather have I discovered something about Dan Brown's ignominious best-seller that all other intellectuals overlooked, thereby making me an Über-Intellectual with the potential to become Chief Über-Intellectual within my lifetime by giving five stars to Miley Cyrus' book "Miles to Go" after discovering its hidden meaning?No, in my humble opinion, I am neither.What I am is a guy who appreciates quality exposition, clever plots, vulnerable characters and economical prose. Yet I also somehow enjoyed the movie Glitter, with Mariah Carey, which by my definition was the worst movie I've ever seen. I enjoyed it because I had a good day, watched two movies with my future wife and laughed at the terrible dialogue. I had a positive emotional reaction to it, for reasons beyond the dreadful quality of what was on the screen. When I read The Da Vinci Code, I ignored the flashing warning light emanating from the self-proclaimed intellectual portion of my brain and embraced the troglodyte portion. I ate it like you eat an entire box of Fig Newtons: you don't think about it baby! Just do it! Regret it later. I actually did read this book while on a beach, along with the twelve other people I saw doing the same thing. I learned nothing about life and certainly and nothing about writing from this book. Well, I did learn how not to write. Thanks Dan! One of my favourite authors, Dan Simmons, uses the other Dan as his whipping boy in his Writing Well installments on his website. I enjoy that also.So I grant thee three stars Da Vinci Code. I ingest thee like a large movie popcorn with butter and with naught a look back...AJ Griffin
First of all, let's try to rid our mind of all the hype and hoopla surrounding the whole thing. Let's pretend the whole thing is just some spiral bound notebook that you found on the train and read because you were lonely.Ok, having accomplished that, let's dole out some compliments. Good plot, Danny boy! You managed to write an interesting crime/mystery/whatever thing WHILE managing to blaspheme one of the most worshiped dudes of all time. That takes some creativity, and some balls. Kudos. If i might suggest something, though- and I realize this is hurtful, but take it like a man big guy- you probably could have done the literary world a favor by giving this wonderful little story to, er, a writer. I mean, it's nice to be able to read the whole thing in one afternoon without even having to get up for a piss, but I couldn't help but feel like I was reading the newspaper the whole time. And that's a big part of a book's validity- the whole "quality of writing" thing. Anyway, you kind of got fucked over with the whole international attention thing- now all the 'cool' people in the world will diss on your book because it's way overblown, and the only people who still embrace will be those poor little simpletons who don't know the difference between hip and square. Looks like it's a life in the lower-middle class for you, Mr. Brown.But hey- enjoy that swimming pool filled with gold doubloons.ايمان
بغض النظر لو اتفقنا مع الموضوع ام اختلفنا فالعمل في حد ذاته مشوق كعمل بوليسي و كعمل تاريخي مع الحرص على العود الى مراجع اخرى للتأكد من المعلومات التاريخية الواردة فيه..هي رحلة عبر الفن من عصور التنوير و ما صاحبها من قمع و سلطة بابوية الى العصر الحديث مع بقاء هذه السلطة بشكل آخر..دان بروان اختار لنفسه نهج سبقه اليه آخرون في الكتابة الفاضحة التي تعري حقائق قد يرد البعض اخفائها و قد لا توجد اصلا انما اراد الكاتب لفت القارئ لعمله. يستحق القراءةJen3n
I found this book condescending, unexciting, and ill thought-out. I wanted it to be better. I had been TOLD it was fun. I was lied to. This is an awful book.مصطفي سليمان
دان براونحيث كمية المعلومات اللي تخليك تفكر مليون مرةكمية المعلوماتالموثقة اللي محتاجه منك انك تتحرك مش تفضل عامل تسمع الكلام وخلاصروايات الالغاز بشكل حديثهو واحد من أهم الناس اللي كتبوا ف المجال داهنا المحقق روبرت لانغدونبيحقق ف جريمة ليها علاقة بجماعات دينيه سريةانا مش عاوز احكيلان الروايات دي مش بتتحكيالروايات دي بتتعاشسيبك ان الفيلماستخف كتير بالروايةوطلع نسخة باهتة جدا من الروايةبالذات ف الحلول المقدمةوتجميعه للنهايةمش عارف محستوش بنكله مع ان المخرج من المفضلين لياالمرة دي نظرتك لمتحف اللوفروصورة الموناليزاودافنشي هيتم تغيرها او علي الاقل هيخليك تفكركتير جداهو دا حقيقيبداية معرفتك بالماسونين والجماعات السرية المنتشرةالراهب القاتل ذو الاقتناع المريب بتعذيب النفسحفيدة مدير المتحف اللي جدها كان بيسيب ليها الغازشفرات طول الوقتلعب بالاعصابعادة امتاز بيها دان براونكل نهاية فصلهو صفعة ممتازةليكفاكر انك عرفت مين عمل ايه تراكعارف بقي اخوية سيون؟آهتراكلالغاية آخر الرواية كدايا جدعان انا دخلت علي الموقع بتاعه ايامهاكان عمله بشفرةO_oاول ما تدخل يقولكاسم لوحة الموناليزا ايه؟اللي هي الجيوكنداحلوفلطيب عدد الحروف اكتر من المربعات المتاحةوعيش يا برنستقريبا غير الموقع كتير دلوقتيبس اصلا من الروايات اللي لما تقرأها هتفكر علي الاقلMohammed Arabey
شــفره دافنــشي***************اولا : زي ماقلت في ريفيو روايه: ملائكه وشياطين الروايه دي لو حابب تتمتع وانت بتقراها بجد ليها حل من الاتنين1- تقرأ النسخه الانجليزيه المصوره Illustrated Edition او2- وانت بتقرا النسخه تكون فاتح جوجل صور وتكتب اسم كل مكان بيزوره روبرت لانجدون وكل قاعه في اللوفر او لوحه او عمل فني لدافنشي او مخطوطاته وطبعا الكنائس كمان وتشوف صورتهم علي النتدي اهم لوحات الروايه وفيها سر اسرار الروايه وشفره دافنشي والحبكه كلهالوحه العشاء الاخير من اشهر اللوحات المثيره للجدل ربما منذ ان تحدثت عنها في عام 1997 روايهThe Templar Revelation Secret Guardians of the True Identity of Christتاني تجربه ليا في اني اقرأ روايه مليانه تفاصيل ومعلومات حقيقيه مع دان براون والشخصيه الممتازه روبرت لانجدون وكملائكه وشياطين المعلومات في اطار تشويقي فعلا يخليك مستني تعرف المعلومه اللي بعدها وتحاول تبحث عن حقيقتها او اصلها علي الانترنت خاصا انها المره دي مثيره للجدل جداليست دينيه فحسب..بل كونيه "مثل حقائق الرقم المقدس فاي وغيرها"وايضا معلومات حرق الساحرات كانت رهيبه بربطها بخط الحقائق الخاصه بالروايه الاصليوالذي يجادل فيه ويكشف النقاب عن اسرار كثيره ازداد الجدل فيها حول المسيحيه بالاخص في اواخر القرن الماضي ليشتد حدته هذا الجدل بصدور هذه الروايه التي تصدرت مبيعات الكتب في العالموادت للعديد من الكتب ان تحاول تقليدها او الوصول لتلك المرحله التاريخيه وابسط مثال لمستفيدي هذا النجاح رواياتيوسف زيدان ظل الافعي و عزازيلمع ان دان براون نفسه روايته تعتبر متشابهه في الموضوع الجدلي كروايهThe Name of the Rose 1980ولكن لم تلق نصيبها من الشهره الواسعه الا عندما تم اطلاق عليها دعائيا "اصل روايه شفره دافنشي لدان براون""وربما تنبأ دان براون بهذا الاعتلاء علي عرش اعلي مبيعات الكتب اثناء كتابته للروايه بذكره لكتابين من اعلي مبيعات الكتب في العالم من قبله في الحوار التالي:الذي دار بين روبرت لانجدون الذي يريد نشر كتابه حول نظريته عن الكأس المقدسه وبين صديقه ناشر كتبه الذي يساله لماذا لم يحاول احد الكتاب من قبله نشر الحقائق التي كتبها لانجدون حول ذلك الموضوع""These books can't possibly compete with centuries of established history, especially when that history is endorsed by the ultimate bestseller of all time."Faukman's eyes went wide. "Don't tell me Harry Potter is actually about the Holy Grail.""I was referring to the Bible." ولندع الجدل الديني جانبا ونتكلم علي الروايهبالنسبه للشخصيات*****************مثل الروايه الاولي شخصيه روبرت لانجدون لم تخرج عن اطارها..نفس الدقه في رسم الشخصيه,قوه الملاحظه وتصرفه وقت المواقف المثيره..شخصيه ساحره فعلا هادئ ووقور و كمبيوتر رموز متنقلصوفي وماضيها الذي يطاردها منذ ان شاهدت جثه جدها تجد ان صوفي..جدها..الظابط..العالم..الكاهن..والمجرم التائب..دافنشي..وحتي مريم المجدليهكلها شخصيات مهمه في الاحداث يتم فك شفرتهم جميعا فصل فصللكل شخصيه شفره, شفره قد تكون..ماضي..سر دفين..رغبه..علاقه..شفره تنكشف لكبالنسبه للاحداث ***************الروايه متعدده وجهات النظر دائما تحتاج لبراعه في الكتابه...لم تنقص في هذه الروايه عن الروايه السابقه بل كانت مثيره اكثروالمره دي برضه الروايه كلها في يوم واحد او يوم ونصف لكن المكان اتغير ولايقل سحر عن روما والفاتيكان..المره دي بين باريس ليلا وانجلترا صباحاالاحداث هنا ايضا متلاحقه في فتره زمنيه تعتبر قصيره بالنسبه لروايه ضخمه..ولكن الحبكه تختلف..فهذه المره لانجدون هو المطارد من قبل الشرطه الفرنسيه وليس مساعدا للشرطه كما كان في الفاتيكانمره اخري الاسلوب السينمائي المتلاحقالوصف الذي لايفوقه الا الصور الملونه في النسخه المصوره من الروايهIllustrated Editionالهروب والاختفاء في اخر لحظهNarrow Escapesكان كثيرا جدا في الروايه "واللي نجح الفيلم نجاحه الوحيد في ابرازها سينمائيا" الموضوع ده زاد الاثاره في الروايه دي عن سابقتهافي النهايه انسوا الفيلم تماما وابدأوا بالروايه .. حتي لو كان توم هانكس مبدع ..المخرج عبقري..حيفضل دان براون افضل مؤلف ومخرج وممثل علي الورق..محمد العربيالاسكندريه من 10 مارس 2013الي 19 مارس 2013The English ReviewFirst of all I hate Action books, thriller and just action novels. I hate book would got that much of Facts that can sometimes got the equal pages of the novels events itself..I love fiction ,I adore fiction with a hint of fantasy ,that make me escapes of our realistic, raw, ugly most of times, unpleasant world to another different one ..I'm a big fan of Harry Potter -although J.K. Rowling successfully made me read her greedy, realistic, raw, ugly most of times, unpleasant world on The Casual Vacancyand even loving it - So what kind of magic does Dan Brown got to make me fall in love with Robert Langdon's adventures?*Is it his mixing and blending the real historical events with his non-stop thriller "fiction". I know some of the historical events he mention are true and some are not-or are they!? :)-?*Is it the characters itself? The Mickey Mouse watch is amazing touch -as a Disney's big fan- *Is it the talented story telling and the easy swift from a POV to another? *or Is it the melting of the wall between the Hard and Row REAL Facts,Historical Events and Symbols meanings and Enjoying reading about it -WITHOUT being an expert or even interested to know about them from the start- All of what I can say is that the search and hunt of that kind of a thriller novel,A SMART thriller is set for me by Dan Brown with these 2 novels "Angels and Demons" and the squeal "The Da Vinci Code"CJ
Caveat Academics!!!I won't belabor the obvious, as it's been done quite well by other reviewers, but I just couldn't stand not to add my own "hear hear!" to the fray. If you're going to create a character who is an expert, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make sure you check your facts! Whoever edited this drivel ought to be sewn in a sack with a rabid raccoon and flung into Lake Michigan.And just as a matter of good taste - your expert should not be an expert in everything under the sun. That's one of the hallmarks of poor writing.Even if I were not a practicing pagan, I would find it stretching credibility that every single item the characters run across is a symbol of goddess worship. Five pointed star? Goddess worship. Chalice? Goddess worship. Porcelain toilet bowl? Goddess worship. Pilot ball point pen? Goddess worship. You get the general idea. Not only is every item part of the mythology of the divine feminine, but every number is also part of the divine feminine. Hello? Is a cigar NEVER just a cigar? And some of the claims of symbolism are just plain wrong, as the editor would have found out if he'd bothered to do some fact checking. Remember those military chevrons that, because of the way they were pointed, represented the female divine and those poor slobs of soldiers had been running around all these countless centuries with goddess symbols flaunted on their uniforms without knowing it? The only problem with that premise is that the chevrons facing in their current direction is relatively recent - according to my military historian husband, they faced the OPPOSITE direction for quite some time before being reversed (for what reason, I have no idea...unless the generals all got together and decided they didn't have quite enough goddess symbols on their uniforms and needed it fixed post haste).My theology professor ended up traveling around the country giving talks about this book to thousands of interested people. He loves the book if only because he's now giving pretty much the same information that he used to give to dozing freshman and sophomores to packed theaters of interested listeners. He tells a story about being somewhere in southern Ohio and making a joking remark about the celice being something that all Catholics wore and how now the secret was out, and there was a lady in the back row who elbowed her husband and said "See? I told you so!" The increased interest in history is about the only positive thing that's come out of this book. Honestly, you don't need to make anything up about the Catholic church to point out that it's been the source of some horrible things.I could go on about the poor research and editing in this book, but others have done a pretty thorough job of finding the problems with it.If you want a decent page turner, go for it. If you want something well researched and accurate, give this one a big ol' pass.Mer
PLEASE do NOT recommend The Da Vinci Code to me because you think it's brilliant. Please do not try to explain to me that it is a "really interesting and eye-opening book." Just don't. Please. I've read Iain Pear, I heart Foucault's Pendulum, Dashiell Hammett is my hero, Alan Moore is My Absolute Favorite, I listen to Coil on a fairly regular basis, and cloak n' dagger secret society/Priory of Sion/Knights of Templar-tinged num nums make me a very happy girl... but if you truly believe that Brown's stupid airport thriller has ANY right whatsoever to be placed in the same category with Michael "Wooden Dildo Dialogue" Crichton, let alone Umberto Eco, kindly keep this opinion very far away from me, or the ensuing conversation we have will not be constructive or polite in any way.I loathe Dan Brown. I resent him for spoon-feeding the masses pseudo-intellectual "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" D-grade thriller shite under a pretense of real sophistication, and getting orally serviced by The New York Times for his effort.I'd heard that the novel was meticulously researched and contained some really interesting and controversial assessments of religious zealotry. Um, not really? Well, not by my Merovingian standards, anyway. :DLet's put it this way. If Dan Brown was teaching an Insurgent Christian Symbolism in Art and Literature 101 class at my local community college, I'd definitely have a different opinion about him. But NO. Dan Brown is not a professor of anything but pap. He is a barely competent thriller writer who wrote an AWFUL book that I could not bear to finish because I felt my IQ plummeting a little further with every "Let's Go to Paris! Guidebook" description and blowhard authorial essay. Oh, don't even get me started about those cute soliloquies the main characters are so fond of delivering, ever so calmly, often while cops n' bovvers are chasing them.The characters are weakly drawn. The dialogue is excruciating. The research is shoddy and self-serving at best. The plot, no matter how open-minded you are, is beyond ludicrous. It's laughable enough to be incorporated into the next Indiana Jones movie. That'd be sweet, dude.What really irks me are Dan Brown's sanctimonious interviews, wherein he shows off all of his priceless antiques while expressing his abiding convictions that the American public needs a "deeper appreciation" of art and history and culture. What a shallow, self-aggrandizing hypocrite. I'm all for fictional subversion of the dominant Catholic paradigm, but only if the subverter knows what the hell they're talking about. Brown DOESN'T. He's all "la la la, connect the dots" but the picture he comes up with is awkward and unconvincing.The DaVinci Choad is a dead easy, nay, downright lazy read, and yet droves of people are patting themselves on the back for having read and *gasp* actually understood it. Like this is some spectacular achievement? WHY? What, because the slipcover describes it as "erudite"? Are you fucking kidding me?Don't believe the hype, kids. You are profoundly more intelligent than this holiday page-turner gives you credit for.If you really, honestly, just plain liked the book, that's cool I guess. Maybe you also prefer Anne Geddes to Alfred Stieglitz, Kenny G to Sidney Bechet, John Tesh to Igor Stravinsky. Your prerogative. Just.... please don't try to tell me that this is "fascinating" or "meaningful literature". Frickin' read The Club Dumas or something. Then we'll talk, and I won't want to shoot myself in the face.Alright, glad I purged that poison from my system. Carry on.Brad
I freely admit that my disdain for The Da Vinci Code is my own personal backlash over its popularity. Dan Brown isn't a terrible writer, despite facing that charge from many experienced readers. He has a likable style, and he drives the pace of the book relentlessly, which is exactly what one would want from a pulpy adventure that one can take to the beach. Likewise, the charge that The Da Vinci Code is somehow a failure because it is in any way inaccurate or unbelievable is unfair. The story is fiction, after all, and one should expect to have his/her credulity stretched, especially when reading pulp that is written with the screen in mind (as The Da Vinci Code surely was).I even enjoyed the Sunday afternoon it took me to read The Da Vinci Code. It was an absolute waste of time and exactly what I wanted to be doing, sitting on a comfy sofa, drinking tea and reading about self-flagellating albino monks (and other fun things).I've given many books that are just as good as The Da Vinci Code and even some that are worse three stars, and I meant every star. The truth is that on its own merits, I'd have given The Da Vinci Code a similar rating if not for a repeated experience that led to my backlash.At the beginning of every semester, in a bid to get to know my students better, I play a memory game wherein the students provide me with their favourite things (books, food, music) and some personal details (people they hate, people they love, things they are proud of), then I connect something about them, something that stands out for me, with their name. It is a good start in getting to know the students, but it has also led to my hatred for Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code.A good half of the students that enter my courses declare that they don't have favourite books, and/or they've only ever read three books in their lives -- two involuntary (both assigned by an English teacher, and always seeming to include To Kill a Mockingbird) and one voluntary (The Da Vinci Code). What pisses me off most is that even if these people liked The Da Vinci Code, Brown's novel didn't spur them on to read more. They read the The Da Vinci Code, enjoyed it or didn't, then went back to their reading apathy. Moreover, if I could convince people to read one book voluntarily, one book for their pleasure, it would not be ANY cheesy, pulpy, low grade adventure story. It's like pouring a glass of $9 dollar wine for a person who is trying wine for the first time. They may enjoy the glass, but they're not going to choose wine as their alcohol of choice based on Fortant de France. And for that reason, I hate The Da Vinci Code. It is the cheap wine that keeps people away from the joy of good wine, and while I admit that it is the fault of popular culture rather than Dan Brown, each reader I find who stops at The Da Vinci Code makes me hate the book a little bit more.Tea Jovanović
Čitav svet je poludeo za ovom knjigom... I dalje mi nije jasno zašto... Mislim da je pisana za prosečnog neobrazovanog Amerikanca kome je autor sažvakavao istoriju i ti delovi su me bolno smorili... Uvek sam pre za čitanje knjige nego gledanje filma po istoimenoj knjizi... U ovom slučaju prednost dajem Tomu Henksu i filmu... Film kraće traje i preskočene su lekcije iz istorije :)Wayne
I downloaded the book and put it on my ipod and began to listen to it on a long road trip. I found it engaging and the plot twisted and turned, jumping from scene to scene, back and forth in time. Really kept the reader on her toes. I'm not sure if I liked it, the writing style was pretty crude, but it kept me thinking.About an hour into listening I realized that the ipod was on shuffle mode and in fact all the chapters were being shuffled. I groaned and started over. When played in a linear fashion I found it to be one of the mindless things ever.Marwa A.
“Life is filled with secrets. You can't learn them all at once.” This is one of the best and most amazing novels I've ever read!When I finished it at almost 3 am, I couldn't sleep.From the instant the book starts, Dan Brown immediately grabs the readers 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.If you're into mystery/suspense genre, history or secret societies, I recommend this.If you are a devout Christian, I don't think I'd recommend this book.Seth Hahne
For cheap supermarket fiction, this sure was cheap supermarket fiction. It would have helped if this was the first book I had ever read. Unfortunately, having read Curious George as a child (a towering work of literary genius by comparison), The DaVinci Code suffered perhaps unjustly.Steve
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