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Dan Brown has to be one of the best, smartest, and most accomplished writers in the country. The DaVinci Code is many notches above the intelligent thriller; this is pure genius. Nelson DeMille, #1 New York Times bestselling author Intrigue and menace mingle in one of the finest mysteries Ive ever read. An amazing tale with enigma piled on secrets stacked on riddles. CliveDan Brown has to be one of the best, smartest, and most accomplished writers in the country. The DaVinci Code is many notches above the intelligent thriller; this is pure genius. Nelson DeMille, #1 New York Times bestselling author Intrigue and menace mingle in one of the finest mysteries Ive ever read. An amazing tale with enigma piled on secrets stacked on riddles. Clive Cussler, #1 New York Times bestselling author...

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The Da Vinci Code Reviews

  • Mer
    2018-09-08 14:39

    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.

  • ryan
    2018-09-10 11:41

    most of us have heard of this controverisal book. it takes an open minded person to read this and to remember it is just fiction. but it brings up a lot of important questions about the Christian church, and the loss of paganism and the respect of the Goddess or the Woman. I don't care if I am the only one who likes this book. it is my own truth, and i will think what i want to think. Dan Brown didn't LEAD me or anyone else. he OPENED our minds. simply and importantly...he was just a catalyst for different thinking. that is a good thing...poorly written or not.if you finish the book you will notice that Dan Brown even makes it clear to readers through his characters words, that he doesn't want to destroy christianity because it has done so much good for so many people, and if it works for them, let's let them continue to do what works for them. but find your own path. if you were or are a Christian ask yourself about the topics in this book. They are so eye opening. Jesus having a baby? totally possible...never thought of it before. never thought of it. is it true? who knows. Things like this are happening all the time today...Weapons of Mass destruction in Iraq? sound familiar? Maybe the church repressed information LIKE this because it was a threat to the church. totally possible. The catholic church creating the biblical canon with a political agenda to wipe out paganism? actually this seems to be a fact. women being oppressed due to the fear of religous zealot men in power losing their power...never looked at it that way. but this seems to be a fact too. is it helpful in broadening my perspective of the fact that christianity is just a religion made by fallible people. it sure is. does it open my mind to other faiths like paganism, judiasm, islam, bhuddism, and want to take the truths from all of them, and then THINK FOR MYSELF and figure out my own truth. it sure does...and that is what this book has probably done for many other people. why do you think Dan Brown's book was on the bestseller list for so long...and became a movie...obviously it was doing some good.

  • Ethan
    2018-08-27 06:59

    Four stars for pure entertainment value.However, Dave Barry's review gets five stars:`The Da Vinci Code,' crackedby Dave BarryI have written a blockbuster novel. My inspiration was The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown, which has sold 253 trillion copies in hardcover because it's such a compelling page-turner. NOBODY can put this book down:MOTHER ON BEACH: Help! My child is being attacked by a shark!LIFEGUARD (looking up from The DaVinci Code: Not now! I just got to page 243, where it turns out that one of the men depicted in ''The Last Supper'' is actually a woman!MOTHER: I know! Isn't that incredible? And it turns out that she's . . .SHARK (spitting out the child): Don't give it away! I'm only on page 187!The key to The DaVinci Code is that it's filled with startling plot twists, and almost every chapter ends with a ''cliffhanger,'' so you have to keep reading to see what will happen. Using this formula, I wrote the following blockbuster novel, titled The Constitution Conundrum. It's fairly short now, but when I get a huge publishing contract, I'll flesh it out to 100,000 words by adding sentences.CHAPTER ONE: Handsome yet unmarried historian Hugh Heckman stood in the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C., squinting through the bulletproof glass at the U.S. Constitution. Suddenly, he made an amazing discovery.''My God!'' he said, out loud. ``This is incredible! Soon I will say what it is.''CHAPTER TWO: ''What is it?'' said a woman Heckman had never seen before who happened to be standing next to him. She was extremely beautiful, but wore glasses as a sign of intelligence.''My name is Desiree Legume,'' she said.Heckman felt he could trust her.''Look at this!'' he said, pointing to the Constitution.''My God, that's incredible!'' said Desiree. ``It's going to be very surprising when we finally reveal what we're talking about!''CHAPTER THREE: ''Yes,'' said Hugh, ``incredible as it seems, there are extra words written in the margin of the U.S. Constitution, and nobody ever noticed them until now! They appear to be in some kind of code.''''Let me look,'' said Desiree. ``In addition to being gorgeous, I am a trained codebreaker. Oh my God!''''What is it?'' asked Hugh in an excited yet concerned tone of voice. ''The message,'' said Desiree, ``is . . . ''But just then, the chapter ended.CHAPTER FOUR: ''It's a fiendishly clever code,'' explained Desiree. 'As you can see, the words say: `White House White House Bo Bite House, Banana Fana Fo Fite House, Fe Fi Mo Mite House, White House.' ''''Yes,'' said Hugh, frowning in bafflement. ``But what can it possibly mean?''''If I am correct,'' said Desiree, ``it is referring to . . . the White House!''''My God!'' said Hugh. ``That's where the president lives! Do you think . . . ''''Do I think what?'' said Desiree.''I don't know,'' said Hugh. ``But we're about to find out.''CHAPTER FIVE: Hugh and Desiree crouched in some bushes next to the Oval Office.''We'd better hurry up and solve this mystery,'' remarked Desiree anxiously. ''It's only a matter of time before somebody notices that the Constitution is missing.'' She had slipped it into her purse at the National Archives while the guard wasn't looking.''The answer must be here somewhere,'' said Hugh, studying the ancient document, which was brown from age and the fact that he had spilled Diet Peach Snapple on it.''Wait a minute!'' he said. ``I've got it!''''What?'' said Desiree, her breasts heaving into view.''The answer!'' said Hugh. ``It's . . .But just then, shots rang out.CHAPTER SIX: ''That was close!'' remarked Desiree. ``Fortunately, those shots had nothing to do with the plot of this book.''''Yes,'' said Hugh. ``Anyway, as I was saying, the answer is to hold the Constitution up so that it is aligned with the White House and the Washington Monument. . . . There, do you see what I mean?''''My God!'' said Desiree, seeing what he meant. ``It's . . . ''''Hold it right there,'' said the president of the United States.CHAPTER SEVEN: '' . . . and so you see,'' concluded the president, ``you two uncovered a shocking and fascinating secret that, if it should ever get out, could change the course of history.''''Mr. President,'' said Desiree, ``thank you for that riveting and satisfying explanation, which will be fleshed out into much greater detail once there is a publishing contract.''''Also,'' noted Hugh, ``we may use some beverage other than Snapple, depending on what kind of product-placement deals can be worked out.''''Good,'' said the president. ``Now can I have the Constitution back?''They all enjoyed a hearty laugh, for they knew that the movie rights were also available...

  • Mohammed Arabey
    2018-09-05 11:50

    أولا زي ماقلت في ريفيو ملائكة وشياطينالرواية دي لو حابب تتمتع وانت بتقراها بجد ليها حل من الاتنين1-Illustrated Edition تقرأ النسخة الإنجليزية المصورة أو2- وانت تقرأ نسختك تفتح جوجل صور وتبحث وتشوف صورة كل مكان يزوره روبرت لانجدون،كل قاعة باللوفر أو لوحة لدافنشي ومخطوطاته، والكنائس وشوارع باريسأهم لوحات الرواية وسر حبكتها، شفرة دافنشي، العشاء الاخيرواﻷن اربط الحزام، الطائرة ستقلع بك إلي باريس لرحلة جديدة مع لانجدون لكشف أسرارها،خباياها وتاريخهاوشفرتهاشفرة دافنشيمع فتاة تعشق لعبة "البحث عن الكنز" وضابط يبحث عن جريمة قتل وراهب يسعي للقتل من اجل اخفاء سر وجماعات سرية ودكتور يعرف اكثر مما ينبغي والأهمروبرت لانجدون***تاني تجربة ليا في قراءة رواية مليانة تفاصيل ومعلومات حقيقية مع دان براون والشخصية الممتازة روبرت لانجدون وكملائكه وشياطين المعلومات في اطار تشويقي فعلا يخليك مستني تعرف المعلومة اللي بعدها وتحاول تبحث عن حقيقتها او اصلها علي الانترنت خاصا انها المرة دي مثيره للجدل جدافكما قدم لنا بروايته الأولي صدام العلم مع الدين في القرن السابع عشر بالأخص مع نظريات جاليليو ..هنا يقدم لنا تاريخ اقدم , من دافنشي وعصر النهضة من القرن الرابع عشر مع نظريات مثيرة للجدل حول لوحته الأشهر "العشاء الأخير" وليزيد في معلومات مثيرة أكثر عن فرسان الهيكل والحملة الصليبية والتي تعود قبل عصر النهضة بثلاث قرون تقريباوكمان معلومات تانية عن التنويريين والماسون بتكمل الجزء السابق في رواية ملائكة وشياطينافتكر ان من الأفضل انك تدخل بين صفحات الرواية أفضل لمعرفة تلك المعلومات والتاريخ والفن والعلم الغامض عند دافنشي وغيره من فناني عصره...اما عن رأيي بيها فشايف فعلا فيها بعض التكهنات أكيد وبعضها يصدم بالدين المسيحي مما اثار الجدل حول الروايةلكن بعض الأخر منها يرمي بصيص من التنوير عن بعض الأحداث الغامضة عن تاريخ الأديان عاما -مثل حقيقة ظروف تعميد الامبراطور الروماني والاعتراف الروماني بالدين المسيحي وماحدث لفرسان الهيكل ومحاكماتهم المثيرة للجدل واسرار حرق الساحرات وغموض مصير مريم المجدلية وغيرها من بعض المواضيع الجدلية-وكالكتاب السابق الذكر , بنجاح تلك الرواية أدي لمحاولات للعديد من الكتب تقليدها او الوصول لتلك المرحلة التاريخية وابسط مثال لمستفيدي هذا النجاح روايات وان كان قدمها البعض بابتذال وتعدي علي الدين نفسه كـيوسف زيدان في ظل الأفعي وعزازيلمع ان دان براون نفسه روايته قيل انها متشابهة في الموضوع الجدلي الكنسي كرواية امبرتو ايكوThe Name of the Rose 1980وبرغم من انها من الثمانيات الا انها لم تلق نصيبها من الشهرة الواسعة الا عندما تم اطلاق عليها دعائيا "اصل رواية شفرة دافنشي لدان براونوايضا استخدام عنصر لوحة العشاء الأخير وفرسان الهيكل التي أثارت جدلا من قبل خاصا بعد 1997 بصدور كتابلكن يظل دان براون هو الأشهر والأقوي بروايته المثيرة تلك"وربما تنبأ دان براون بهذا الاعتلاء علي عرش اعلي مبيعات الكتب اثناء كتابته للرواية 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."يمكن المفاجأت الأقوي بالنسبة لي واللي اعجبني جدا جزء المعلومات عنها هي ليست المعلومات الدينية فحسب -لبعض التكهنات بها وليس الحقائق- , هي المعلومات الكونية الحقيقة "مثل حقائق الرقم المقدس فاي، اﻷديان عبر العصور , لفظة "أمين" التي نقولها في كل الأديان تقريبا وغيرهاو ايضا معلومات عن الأنثي المقدسة وتاريخ أضطهاد الأنثي علي مر العصور والأديان كان موفق فيه جدا ... مع بعض التلميحات لمعرفه دافنشي باسرار الانثي المقدسة هي سبب ميوله الانثوية , وان كانت قد تندرج تحت بند التكهناتولكن لندع الجدال الديني جانبا ... لا أنكر انني احترم من يدافع عن الدين , وتأتي النجمة الخامسة فقط لفقرة كاملة في الرواية أعجبتني جدا ... هي الجزء الذي يشرح فيه لانجدون اهمية الدين في حياة الانسان والذي قدمه بشكل محايد ومتميز بعكس ملحدي عصرنا ، فبالرغم من أن لانجدون نفسه غير مؤمن إلا أن كلامه عن الدين كان موفقا جدا ومحترما ويجعل من الرواية أثرا جيدا حتي أن اختلفت معه في بعض الأجزاء~~~~~~ونعود للروايةبالنسبة للشخصيات***********مثل الرواية الاولي شخصية روبرت لانجدون لم تخرج عن اطارها..نفس الدقة في رسم الشخصية,قوه الملاحظة وتصرفه وقت المواقف المثيرة..شخصية الهادئ الوقور و 'كمبيوتر' رموز متنقلصوفي وماضيها الذي يطاردها منذ ان شاهدت جثة جدها ، الفتاة الرقيقة القوية بنفس الوقت والتي تتورط في مطاردة لكشف أسرار جماعة غامضة كانت السبب في تفرقتها عن جدهافكرة ماضيها والكشف عن الكنوز والكريبتيكس مع جدها كانت اكثر من ممتازةلاحظ أنك تجد ان صوفي..جدها..الظابط..العالم..الكاهن..والمجرم التائب..دافنشي..وحتي مريم المجدليةكلها شخصيات مهمة في الاحداث يتم فك شفرتهم جميعا فصل فصللكل شخصيه شفرة, شفرة قد تكون..ماضي..سر دفين..رغبه..علاقه..شفرة تنكشف لكولكن بتدريج محسوب ومتقن طوال اﻷحداثو بالنسبة للاحداث **********الرواية متعددة وجهات النظر دائما تحتاج لبراعه في الكتابة...لم تنقص في هذه الرواية عن الرواية السابقة بل كانت مثيرة اكثروالمرة دي كمان الرواية كلها في يوم واحد او يوم ونصف لكن المكان اتغير في تنقل مثير وسلس ولايقل سحر عن روما والفاتيكان..المرة دي بين باريس ليلا وانجلترا صباحاالأحداث هنا ايضا متلاحقة في فترة زمنية تعتبر قصيرة بالنسبة لرواية ضخمةولكن الحبكة تختلف..فهذه المرة لانجدون هو المطارد من قبل الشرطة الفرنسية وليس مساعدا للشرطة كما كان في الفاتيكانوالمشكلة أنه ليس مطاردا من الشرطة فحسب....بل من منظمة دينية غامضة ستتعرف عليها خلال اﻷحداث في أسلوب سينمائي متلاحقالوصف للاماكن واللوحات متقن و لايفوقه الا الصور الملونة في النسخة المصورة من الروايةIllustrated Edition~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~الهروب من المطاردات والاختفاء في اخر لحظةNarrow Escapesكان كثيرا جدا في الرواية "واللي كان يشفع للفيلم نجاحه الوحيد في أبرازها سينمائيا" الموضوع ده زاد الاثارة في الرواية دي عن سابقتها، لكنه كان احيانا زائد جدا في بعض الأحيان لدرجة ازعجتني في أحدهمافي النهاية انسوا الفيلم تماما وابدأوا بالرواية .. حتي لو كان توم هانكس مبدع ..المخرج رون هاورد عبقري..حيفضل دان براون افضل مؤلف ومخرج وممثل علي الورقمحمد 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" March 2014

  • Jim
    2018-08-29 14:48

    This is a pretty formulaic page turner, a fun quick read. Written at about the level of the average Nancy Drew mystery, it is best appreciated at that level. As far as the content, there are howlers on virtually every page (starting with the hero who looks like "Harrison Ford in Harris tweed" and is a "Professor of Religious Symbology at Harvard" -- good work if you can find it). You have to ignore very pulpy, cheesy writing to enjoy this romantic thriller.Intended as a book that a dedicated reader could finish in a day, or something you take to the beach and casually finish in a weekend, The Da Vinci Code makes for a reasonable airline novel, so much so that it is often a bit clunky in its desire to ensure that no intellectual effort on the reader's part will be required. Here's a recurring example in this novel: a bit of unfamiliar terminology, say "crux gemmata" (jeweled cross) will will be explained on page N, then on page N+1, a character will finger his jeweled cross and explain, "Oh, yes -- this is a crux gemmata." I've read dinner menus that were more demanding on the reader. My wife and I both read about a third of it in a day, sharing the same copy, and that's a full work day plus taking care of kids, bedtime, etc. That's also a kind of virtue, I guess -- it's fast and peppy.As far as history goes, Dan Brown apparently thinks that "most historians" give credence to the hoary forgeries and frauds promoted in sensationalist best-sellers like Holy Blood, Holy Grail. This author gets the best of both worlds: simultaneously claiming that "it's just fiction," while introducing the novel with claims that the historical record contained within is "fact." That claim is ridiculous. To pluck a random example, he spends some time talking about the Council of Nicaea, and incorrectly summarizes it as the origin of the doctrine of Christ's divinity by Constantine. He ignores the Arian controversy out of which it arose, which is like trying to explain the Treaty of Versailles without mentioning World War I. He ignores the documented fact, agreed upon even by the cheerleaders of the gnostics that he is sympathetic to, that the earliest gnostic doctrines held that Christ was *purely* God, and not really man -- the very reverse of the doctrine that serves as the linchpin of his novel's intellectual base (such as it is). This is a bad novel for weak or misinformed Christians, but anyone familiar with history should spot the train wreck of Brown's ideas a mile off.Oh yes, and in Brown's world, Opus Dei has shadowy assassin "monks" (in real life, Opus Dei is not a monastic order -- there are no Opus Dei monks, let alone trained assassins), and the Catholic Church has been promulgating known lies as its central dogmas, promotes violence throughout the world, and has been retarding the progress of science and knowledge for 2 millennia. Brown leaves the reader with the impression that this, too, is a matter of settled historical record. Oh, but then again, it's just fiction. Except when it's not.In general, if you're looking for a heady thriller wrapped around Christian arcana, I'd recommend Umberto Eco's excellent The Name of the Rose, not this dumbed down, by-the-numbers novel.

  • AhmadEbaid
    2018-08-21 11:42

    "الجهل يعمي أبصارنا ويضللناأيها البشر الفانون ! افتحوا أعينكم !" ليوناردو دافنشيفي رواية الكاتب البوليسي "دان بروان" الثالثة, والثانية لشخصية "روبرت لانجدون" عالم الرموز, يحدثنا عن الأصول التاريخية لوضع المرأة في ثنايا قصته البوليسية المحبوكة جيداً, والمرصعة بالأعمال الفنية لفنانين تمركزت أعمالهم عن هذه القضية"الكريبتكس""جزء من لوحة العشاء الأخير لـ ليوناردو دافنشي"ففي عالمنا الحالي ينظر للنساء نظرة دونية, فلا يوجد حاخامات يهوديات ولا كاهنات كاثوليكيات, ولا شيخات مسلماتوهذا الحال كان مختلفاً تماماً في الأديان الوثنية القديمة, فقد كانت المرأة هي رمز الخصوبة والحياة, كانت المرأة مقدسة وكانت الآلهة نساءولكن متى وكيف حدث هذا التحول في نظرة الأديان الرئيسية للمرأة؟ "جزء من لوحة الموناليزا"يعود الأمر, كما يحكي لنا دان بروان, للصراع بين الكنيسة المسيحية والأديان الوثنية في الدولة الرومانيةوكان آنذاك الدين الرسمي في روما هو عبادة الشمس التي لا تقهر, وكان قسطنطين هو كبير كهنتها.لكن لسوء حظه, كان هناك اهتياج ديني متزايد يجتاح روما. فقد كان عدد أتباع المسيح يتضاعف بشكل مهول, وذلك بعد مرور ثلاثة قرون من صلبهعندئذ بدأ المسيحيون والوثنيون يتحاربون وتصاعدت حدة النزاع بينهما حتى وصلت لدرجة هددت بانقسام روما إلى قسمين فرأى قسطنطين أنه يجب أن يتخذ قرار حاسم في هذا الخصوص. وفي عام 325 قرر توحيد روما تحت لواء دين واحد, ألا وهو المسيحيةولقد كان قسطنطين رجل أعمال حاد الذكاء, فقد استطاع أن يرى أن نجم المسيحية كان في صعود فقرر ببساطة أن يراهن على الفرس الرابحةواتبع طريقة ذكية لتحويل الوثنيين عن عبادة الشمس إلى اعتناق دين المسيحية, حيث أنه خلق ديناً هجيناً كان مقبولاً من الطرفين وذلك من خلال دمج الرموز والتواريخ والطقوس الوثنية في التقاليد والعادات المسيحية الجديدةعملية تشويه في الشكل, فأثار الدين الوثني في الرموز المسيحية شديدة الوضوح ولا يمكن نكرانها. فأقراص الشمس المصرية أصبحت الهالات التي تحيط برؤوس القديسين الكاثوليكيين, والرموز التصويرية لإيزيس وهي تحضن طفلها المعجزة حورس أصبحت أساس صورنا الحديثة لمريم العذراء تحتضن وترضع المسيح الرضيع وكل عناصر الطقوس الكاثوليكية مثل تاج الأسقف والمذبح والتسبيح والمناولة وطقس "طعام الرب", كلها مأخوذة مباشرة من أديان قديمة وثنية غامضةولا يمكن أن تكون صدفة أن الإله الفارسي مثرا - والذي كان يلقب أيضاً بابن الرب ونور العالم - كان قد ولد 25 ديسمبر, وعندما مات دفن في قبر حجري ثم بعث حياً بعد ثلاثة أيام.حتى أن يوم العطلة الأسبوعية قد سرق من الوثنين عابدي الشمس, ففي البداية كان المسيحيون يتعبدون مع اليهود في يوم السبت, ثم انتقلوا للاحتفال بيوم الأحد Sunday, أي يوم الشمس. وأثناء عملية دمج الأديان تلك, كان قسطنطين بحاجة لتوطيد التعاليم المسيحية الجديدة, فقام بعقد الاجتماع المسكوني الذي عرف بالمجمع النيقاوي نسبة إلى مدينة نيقةوفي هذا الاجتماع تمت مناقشة العديد من مظاهر المسيحية والتصويت عليها, مثل اليوم الذي سيتم فيه الاحتفال بعيد الفصح ودور الأساقفة وإدارة الأسرار المقدسة وأخيراً إلوهية يسوع المسيححتى تلك اللحظة في تاريخ البشرية, كان المسيح في نظر أتباعه نبياً فانياً... رجل عظيم ذو سلطة واسعة, إلا أنه كان رجلاً ... إنساناً فانياًليس ابن الرب, ففكرة ابن الرب قد اقترحت رسمياً وتم التصويت عليها من قبل المجلس النيقاوي, وكان الفرق في الأصوات يكاد لا يذكر. غير أن تأكيد فكرة إلوهية المسيح كان ضرورياً جداً لتوطيد الوحدة في الإمبراطورية الرومانية ولإقامة القاعدة الجديدة لسلطة الفاتيكان ومن خلال المصادقة الرسمية على كون المسيح إبناً للرب, حول قسطنطين المسيح إلى إله مترفع عن عالم البشر ... كينونة تتمتع بسلطة لا يمكن تحديدها أبداً وهذا الأمر لم يعمل على وضع حد لتحديات الوثنيين للمسيحية فحسب, بل بسبب ذلك لن يتمكن أتباع المسيح الآن من التحرر من الخطايا إلا بواسطة طريق مقدسة جديدة وهي الكنيسة الكاثوليكية الرومانيةإن المسألة كلها كانت مسألة سلطة ونفوذ لا أكثروبما أن قسطنطين قد قام برفع منزلة المسيح بعد مضي حوالي أربعة قرون على موته, فقد كانت هناك الآلاف من الوثائق التي سجلت حياته على أنه إنسان فانوعرف قسطنطين أنه لكي يتمكن من إعادة كتابة التاريخ, كان بحاجة إلى ضربة جريئة فأمر قسطنطين, بإنجيل جديد وقام بتمويله. أبطل فيه الأناجيل التي تحدثت عن السمات الإنسانية للمسيح وزين تلك التي أظهرت المسيح بصفات إلهية وحرمت الأناجيل الأولى وتم جمعها وحرقهاوكان كل من يفضل الأناجيل الممنوعة على نسخة قسطنطين, يتهم بالهرطقة وكلمة مهرطق تعود إلى تلك اللحظة التاريخية, وإن الكلمة اللاتينية هيريتيكوس haereticus تعني الاختيار ولذا فأولئك الذين اختاروا التاريخ الأصلي للمسيح كانوا أول (المهرطقين) في التاريخولحس حظ المؤرخين, فإن بعض الأناجيل التي حاول قسطنطين محوها من الوجود تمكنت من النجاة. فقد تم العثور على وثائق البحر الميت عام 1950 مخبأة في كهف, كما عثر على الوثائق القبطية 1945. وقد تحدثت تلك الوثائق عن كهنوت المسيح بمصطلحات إنسانية تماماً بالإضافة إلى أنها روت قصة مريم المجدلية الحقيقيةوقد حاول الفاتيكان كعادته في إخفاء الحقيقة وتضليل البشر, أن يمنع نشر تلك الوثائق. حيث أن الوثائق تلقي الضوء على تناقضات وفبركات تاريخية فاضحة تؤكد بشدة أن الإنجيل الحديث كان قد جمع ونقخ على يد رجال ذوي أهداف سياسية تتجلى بنشر أكاذيب حول إلوهية الإنسان يسوع المسيح واستخدام تأثيره لتدعيم قاعدة سلطتهم ونفوذهمإن الكنسية كانت بحاجة لإقناع العالم بأن النبي الفاني يسوع المسيح كان كائناً إلهياًولهذا فإن أي إنجيل من الأناجيل كان يتضمن في طياته وصفاً لمظاهر إنسانية فانية من حياة المسيح, كان يجب حذفه من الإنجيل الذي جمع في عهد قسطنطين لكن من سوء حظ المحررين الأوائل, كان هناك موضوع بشري مزعج يتكرر في كل الأناجيل, وهو موضوع زواج يسوع من مريم المجدليةوالتي حسب إنجيل مريم المجدلية, هي من اختارها يسوع ليعهد إليها بتعاليم بناء الكنيسة المسيحية في حالة تم اغتياله, واعترض بطرس المتعصب للرجال, والذي كان يغار منها, بشدة. وتحولت مريم المجدلية من سيدة غنية من السلالة الملكية, إلى فقيرة مومس في العهد الجديد, لكي يحطوا من قدرها, ومن بعدها قدر كل أنثى.كان أحد أساسات الديانات القديمة مفهوم أن المرأة هي المانحة للحياة. حيث أن عملية الولادة كانت حدثاً سحرياً ومؤثراًولكن ذلك كان يتعارض مع مصالح رجال الكنيسة, كمحتكري طريق الخلاص, والتعاليم التي تمنح للبشر أفضل حياة. كما أن فكرة الأنثى المقدسة تغذي فكرة الآلهة الأنثى المقدسة في مقابل الإله المسيحي يسوع.فقررت الكنيسة أن تسرق قوة المرأة الخالقة من خلال إنكار الحقيقة البيولوجية وجعل الرجل هو الخالق. يخبرنا سفر التكوين أن حواء خلقت من ضلع آدم. وبذلك أصبحت المرأة فرعاً من الرجل والأسوأ هو أنها ارتكبت خطيئة من أجل ذلك. كان سفر التكوين هو بداية النهاية بالنسبة للآلهة الأنثى.قسطنطين وخلفاؤه الذكور نجحوا في تحويل العالم من الوثنية المؤنثة إلى المسيحية الذكورية وذلك بإطلاق حملات تشهير حولت الأنثى المقدسة إلى شيطان مريد ومحت تماماً أي أثر للآلهة الأنثى في الدين الحديثولم يتوقف الأمر عند الأنثى فقط, فقد قامت الكنيسة بتشويه كل رموز الديانات القديمة وشيطنتهافالنجمة الخماسية رمز فينوس آلهة الأنوثة الحب والجمال, تم تعديلها بواسطة الكنيسة الرومانية الكاثوليكية القديمة لتصبح رمز للشيطانورمح بوسيدون الثلاثي أصبح شوكة الشيطانوقبعة العجوز الحكيمة المدببة أصبحت رمز الساحرة الشمطاء وبافوميت, إله الخصوبة والإنجاب, الذي يتمثل برأس خروف, هو تصور الشيطان ذو القرنين الحاليوأصبحت كلمة بيجان – عبادة الطبيعة – ترادف تقريباً عبادة الشيطان, والبيجانز هم حرفياً سكان القرى, والذين لم يؤمنوا بمذهب معين وتمسكوا بالأديان القروية القديمة التي تقوم على عبادة الطبيعة. ووصل خوف الكنيسة منهم لدرجة أن كلمة "فيلان" أي القروي, والتي كان يوماً بريئة, أصبحت تعني اليوم الأرواح الشريرة. ثم كان أكثر كتاب دموي عرفه تاريخ البشرية على الإطلاق, وهو "مالوس مالفيكاروم" – أو مطرقة الساحرات - هذا الكتاب الذي لقن العالم فكرة "خطر النساء الملحدات ذوات الأفكار المتحررة" وعلمت الإكليروس كيفية العثور عليهن وتعذيبهن وقتلهن ومن بين اللواتي كانت تحكم عليهن الكنيسة بأنهن "ساحرات" كن كل العالمات والكاهنات والغجريات والمتصوفات ومحبات الطبيعة وجامعات الأعشاب الطبية وكان يتم قتل القابلات بسبب ممارستهم المهرطقة حيث يستخدمن الخبرة والمعرفة الطبية لتخفيف آلام الوضع – وهي حسب ادعاء الكنيسة آلام فرضتها العدالة الإلهية على النساء عقاباً لهن على ذنب حواء التي أكلت من تفاحة المعرفة, وهذا الإدعاء كانت فكرة نشوء الخطيئة الأولى ولعلكم تذكرون أن هذا المنع استمر للعصور الحديثة, حيث أنه عندما اكتشف المخدر في أول الأمر حظرت الكنيسة استخدامه في الولادةوفي النهاية أثمر تشويه الحقيقة وإراقة الدماء, وتم التخلص من خمسة ملايين ساحرة في خلال الثلاثة قرون الأولى**و يبدو لي أن الحديث التاريخي مثل الجزء السابق من المراجعة, تمت كتابته كمقال أو بحث عن الموضوع, ثم أدخل عليها الحوار, فإذا أزلت تعليقات "صوفي", ستجد موضوعاً مفصلاً. وبهذه الطريقة أحسست بوجود نقص ما كان قد كتبه دان براون ولكنه اقتطعه لاحقاً. جزء عن حياة المسيح الأولى. ربما لم يكن متأكداً وربما أراد حصر ردود الفعل الغاضبة في زاوية ضيقة.لقد قدّم الكاتب كتابه في أكتر صيغة من الممكن أن يرضي بها المسيحيين, لقد قدّم الكثير من قرابين المودة ليكسبهم في صفه ضد الكنيسة الكاثوليكية, التي قدمها وكأنها قد خدعت المسيحيين.لقد قدّم تاريخ موازي, مخالف لما يرويه الفاتيكان, فما كان من الفاتيكان إلا أن أمرت المسيحيين بعدم قراءة الكتاب. تعم, نحن في الألفية الثالثة وهناك من يظن أنه يستطيع أن يمنع الناس من قراءة شيئاً. وتتوهم الفاتيكان بأنه عندما تخبر الناس بأن قراءة هذا الكتاب حرام, فسيمتنعون عنه. كما أنها تتعمد التزييف بأن دان بروان يتناول المسيح بسوء, والواقع أنه إنما يتناول الكنيسة الكاثوليكية الرومانية (الفاتيكان) فقط بالسوء."كثيرون هم الذين اتخذوا من الأوهاموالمعجزات الزائفة وخذاع البشر تجارة لهم" ليوناردو دافنشي**ترجمة الدار العربية للعلوم لـسمة محمد عبد ربه, جيدة وأمينة, وتحاكي أسلوب الكاتب لأقصى حد ممكن

  • Raghad
    2018-09-12 11:00

    ستعرفُ أنك قرأت كتاباً جيداً عندما تقلب الصفحة الأخيرة وتشعر كأنك فقدت صديقاً .قليل من الإيمان يصنع المعجزاتحسنًا حسنًا اقسم أن هذه الرواية أصابتني بالجنون وجعلتني أشهق بأستمرار قائلة : يا الهي لايعقلإذا اردت أن تقرأ هذه الرواية يجب ان تبتعد عن كل ما هو بشري حولك لأني ارتكبت غلطة وقرأت جزءًا منها وانا بين عائلتي فما كانت النتيجة الا بتغيير اسمي من "رغد" الى المصروعة بسبب صراخي المستمر <كتعبير عن الدهشة :]ياصديقي كلمة رائعة هي كلمة جدًاا قليلة بحقها بعد هذه الرواية دان براون أصبح الكاتب رقم واحد بالنسبة إلي (من بعد السيدة أجاثا كريستي طبعًا )شيفرة دافنتشي تحفة رائعة تُخلد في ذاكرة كل من قرأهارواية ممتلئة بالرموز والإشارات والأسرار. وهذا كله أعطاها سمة الخلود. انها رواية مليئة بكشف أسرار كثيرة بدأً من لوحة الرجل الميتروفي والموناليزا والعشاء الأخير الى لغز الكأس المقدسة !!لقد مات الأربعة كلهموضاعت الحقيقة الثمينة للأبدهل ضاعت الحقيقة فعلًا ؟رواية تنزع نحو المغايرة، بسبب الإثارة والسرية التي تحتويها، وحرب الرموز الخطرة الدائرة فيها بين الوثنية والمسيحية. ورغم أنها ليست رواية تبشيرية تحاول إقناع قارئ بحقيقة تاريخية معينة، فإنها في سعيها الممتع والمثير لطرح حقائق متعددة (لا حقيقة واحدة) قدمت رؤى انقلابية لتاريخ المسيحية وتاريخ المسيح؛ وهو ما دفع الناقد البريطاني مارك لوسون بوصفها "بالهراء الخلاب"، وهو ما دفع أيضا ثلاثة مؤلفين غربيين للرد عليها من خلال ثلاثة كتب: "الحقيقة وراء شفرة دافنشي"، "وحل شفرة دافنشي"، و"الحقيقة والخيال في شفرة دافنشي". .....إن قصة الكأس المقدسة هي قصة الدماء الملكية .أول لغز كان مقتل جاك سونيير، القيّم في متحف اللوفر بباريس. مقتله جعل المحققين يستعينون بِبطل الرواية، روبرت لانغدون أستاذ علم الرموز الدينية في جامعة هارفرد. وتبدأ عندئذ رحلة ممتعة ومشوقة نحو مجاهل قصص الجريمة.(على فكرة لانغدون وصوفي من الشخصيات التي ستحبها بحق ,, بالنسبة لي هما شخصيتان مضافتان للشخصيات المخلدة في ذاكرتي )شعر لانغدون بقشعريرة تسري في جسده عندما رأى جثة سونيير، وكانت أغرب منظر رآه في حياته. لقد استخدم سونيير دمه كحبر ومستعملاً بطنه العاري كلوحة. لقد رسم عليها رمزاً بسيطاً: خمسة خطوط مستقيمة تتقاطع فيما بينها شكلت رمز النجمة الخماسية. إنها رسالة يريد أن يقول فيها شيئاً يفسر ما حدث له.ولم تكن النجمة فقط، بل نص مكتوب بالقلم اللامرئي، وهناك شيء آخر هو الذي فسر المعنى في النهاية، فقد خط حول نفسه دائرة، فنطق لانغدون بلهفة: "الرجل الفيتروفي".كان تعبيير لانغدون كالتالي حينما رأي منظر سونيير وكان تعبيري اقوى عندما كنت اقرأ وصف المنظر الذي كان به سونييربوضوح يعلن الكاتب تزييف رجال الفاتيكان لتاريخ المسيح ومحو كل الشواهد حول بشريته.. كما يؤكد إهدار الكنيسة لدور المرأة حين حولت العالم من الوثنية المؤنثة إلى المسيحية الذكورية بإطلاق حملة تشهير حولت الأنثى المقدسة إلى شيطان ومحت تماما أي أثر للآلهة الأنثى في الدين الحديث. "الأنثى المقدسة" هي عقيدة جوهرية لدى جماعة سيون السرية.. ولتأكيد هذه الفكرة يقدم دان براون قراءة جمالية ممتعة ومبدعة في لوحة "الموناليزا" والتي تعكس بوضوح إيمان ليوناردو دافنشي بالتوازن بين الذكر والأنثى. فالموناليزا كما يؤكد الخبراء لا هي ذكر ولا هي أنثى ولكنها التحام بين الاثنين، بل إن تحليل اللون بواسطة الكمبيوتر وتحليل صورة دافنشي نفسه يؤكد نقاطا متشابهة بين وجهيهما.ستتعرف أكثر على غموض وعبقرية دافنتشي من خلال هذه الروايةوبرغم أنه رسم كمًّا هائلا من الفن المسيحي وبرغم طبيعته الروحانية فقد ظل على خلاف مستمر مع الكنيسة، يرسم الموضوعات المسيحية، لكنه يضمّن اللوحات الكثير من الأسرار والرموز التي تحتشد بمعتقداته الخاصة كأحد الأعضاء البارزين في جماعة "سيون" التي هي أبعد ما تكون عن المسيحية.وفوق جدارية كنيسة سانتا ماريا في ميلانو بإيطاليا رسم دافنشي لوحته الأسطورية "العشاء الأخير" التي ضمنها الكثير من الأسرار والرموز حول عقائده. ويقدم دان براون قراءته الصادمة محاولا فك الشفرات وتحليل الخطوط داخل اللوحة. حسنًا يا صديقي هل ترى لوحة العشاء الأخير؟ إنها تقدم لنا رمز مهم يعبر عن الكأس المقدسة كالآتي:والرمز التالي عكسه :إذا اندمجا كونا لنا شعار جدًا معروفهل استوعبت ماعرضته قبل قليل؟ هل أستطعت ان تربط بين الرمزين أم بعد؟حسنًا يا عزيزي ان كنت تريد ان تعرف أكثر يجب عليك أن تقرأ شيفرة دافنتشيلم ارهق عقلي ولم استقبل صدمات كادت ان تؤدي بحياتي لأكشف عن الأسرار بهذه السهولةفجاك سونيير ليس أفضل مني في الغموض :Pهل رُويت قصة الكأس المقدسة من قبل؟بالطبع فأكثر الفنون تأثيرًا اليوم من أدب وموسيقى تروي بشكل غير مباشر قصة الكأس المقدسةفأعمال دافنتشي وبوتشيلي وبوسان وبيرنيني وموتزارت وفيكتور هوجو همست سرًا بالقصةعندما تفتح عينك للكأس المقدسة ستراها في كل مكان في اللوحات والموسيقى والكتب والرسوم المتحركة والملاهي وافلام السينماحتى هذا الكتاب !! إن ما ذكرته في المراجعة ليس شيئًا بالنسبة للحقائق والخفايا التي ستعرفها أثناء قراءة الكتابرواية تجمع بين التاريخ والتشويق و المغامرة و الفن والرموز انها رائعةعندما تقرأها ستشعر بمتعة رائعة وأنت ترتشف أفضل ما في الأدب المرتجموراء أي عمل فني أو أدبي هناك رسالة ما يريد أن يوصلها الفنان أو الأديب للقارئ. إنه يتخفى وراء عمله ويترك شيفرة ما، يمررها من خلال لوحته أو روايته أو فلمه. رسالة تريد أن توضح حقيقة ما، كي لا تبقى لغزاً إلى الأبد.

  • J.G. Keely
    2018-08-28 10:32

    A thriller devoid of pacing or exciting language. A mystery devoid of clues, foreshadowing, or facts. A tell-all of half-truths based upon a forged document written by a schizophrenic conman. A character-driven modern novel devoid of character. The second draft of Angels and Demons. Page-turning action thanks to the literary equivalent of pulling out at the moment of orgasm. A spiritual awakening built on new-age conspiracy theory. This book is many things, and none of them good, new, or interesting. However, it is an excellent litmus test for idealistic delusion.Upon the first reading, I must admit I found it a bit interesting, but then I turned the final page, and there was no bibliography. No explanation of how the author became familiar with all the concepts he claimed to 'faithfully portray'. He wrote this book and pretended it was a history book, and then refused to support it in any way. And any history you can't check up on is a bad one. He's no better than James Frey. In fact, he may be worse, since I know people who base their religious beliefs on this book, whereas Frey's only crime was wishing he was Scarface. And really, what macho thirtysomething male doesn't?Brown had good reasons for hiding his sources: they were forged by con-man Pierre Plantard and snuck into the Bibliotheque National in Paris back in the seventies. And it's not like Plantard got away with it, either--the whole 'Priory of Sion' thing was debunked thirty years before this book was even written.The artistic 'iconography' that figures heavily into the mystery is also completely made-up, and was declared ludicrous by an art history professor of my acquaintance. There are a lot of well-known symbols and allusions in classic art, but none of them resemble Brown's claims. The whole hinge on which the plot turns--the notion that an inverted triangle is automatically symbolic of women--makes about as much sense as declaring that the use of the swastika by 3rd century, BC Buddhists was proof that they were fascists.The rest of Brown's book is filled with the sort of cliched religious conspiracies you get from your first year as a theology student. Not only that, but these conspiracies were already explored by better writers in 'Foucault's Pendulum' and the 'Illuminatus! Trilogy'.Well, I've already done more legitimate historical research on this review than Brown did in his whole book, so I guess I'll call it a day.

  • Stephen
    2018-09-14 15:01

    OKAY PEOPLE…someone let me in on the gag because between the cries of "Greatest Book of Greaty Greatness EVER" and the screams of "Lamest Load of Lamey Lameness EVER", my itty bitty brain is left very… So post Hype-a-ganza, I finally got around to reading this popular, polarizing, pop culture icon and thought it was….drum roll……………………FINE(sigh). It was a solid read with a slight lean towards the “eh” side of MEH and few moments of genuine “that’s neat.” I don’t see all the love and I don’t see all the rage. Other than the obvious religious flavor of the content, it reminded me of your typical page-turning, popcorn beach read and I thought it accomplished its goal in decent, if unremarkable, fashion. Now I have a strict “don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t mock, don’t preach” approach when it comes to religiousness so I am going to ignore the bird-flipping Vatican bash aspects of the story, though I can certainly see people on both sides of the fence having “epic rah rah” or “epic fail” reactions and I respect that. For me, it didn’t move my needle much in either direction beyond my fondness for the “big hidden history mystery” which is something I generally really enjoy. The plot of this one has been talked to death and beyond so rather than adding one more jelly bean to the jar, I thought I would just run down a few likes and dislikes about the story and leave it at that. TURN ONS1. Conspiracy theories: are just fully fun and I am a major sucker for plots concerning “shadow” histories and secret people doing secret things behind secret doors for reasons that are SHHHHHHH. I love a good conspiracy. Find me a rumor involvingKim Kardashian being a Bilderberger and using a secret banking pipeline running from Area 51 through Microsoft to the Saudi Royal Family and laundering vast monies to be used to coordinate the sale of Boise, Idaho to a mysterious consortium headed byJay Z and Justin Bieber who will then turn the city into a giant quasi-government facility used for the testing of alien “cloning” technology………….and I am glued to my seat and ONE HAPPY FELLA. 2. Knights Templar: As much as I love conspiracies in general, when you throw the Knights Templar into the mix, it’s gonna perk me up better than a latte enema. I am always in favor of having them show up as a lynch pin to any massive global plot. The Knights Templar are like caramel on ice cream and just make a good conspiracy better. I had a lot of fun with the rehash of the Templar’s place in the center of EVERYTHING. 3. Symbology, Da Vinci and the Holy Grail (the IDEA): I thought the major plot components themselves were interesting and I enjoyed following the hidden clues, messages, riddles and the tie in to all of the famous historical artifacts. It was fun. I also liked the “historical significance” of the search (i.e., the “big reveal”) and the implications to the world if revealed. TURN OFFS1. Symbology, Da Vinci and the Holy Grail (the EXECUTION): As much as I enjoyed the plot concept, the execution of the story was often frustrating and occasionally insulting. I’m not talking about the clunky, “serviceable at best” prose as that’s gotten enough play without my squirting lighter fluid on the bonfire. My issue is more with Dan feeling the need to “spoon feed” me details about his “oh so clever plot” so that my economy-sized brain could grasp it. For example, there would be a “reveal” that I thought was interesting….and then Dan would exhaust me with explaining EXACTLY what that meant and EXACTLY what the implications were and make sure I knew EXACTLY what he had told me. I get it Mr. Brown, heard you the first time. 2. THRILLer killing amounts of PLOD: For a page turning, actiony thriller, there was just too much sideways movement of the plot and some really unnecessary amounts of plod to the narrative. Part of this has to do with the excessive “hand holding” Dan does with his audience mentioned above. However, there are also WAY too much time spent slowing down to take a look around and where we are and where we’ve been. I started getting the impression that Brown was trying to hit a particular page count for the book and didn’t have anything but filler to loan the pages with. This is never a good thing for this kind of story. 3. The End: Not a big fan of the final resolution of the story and I found it very un climaxy and a bit of a let down. Once we have the big reveal, very little new information ever really got added to the picture and I felt like my curiosity should have been stroked a few more times than it was in the home stretch. This lack of satisfying climax left me with a serious case of “blue brain.” Still, overall, this was a good, serviceable mystery-thriller that seems tailor-made for a warm afternoon on the sand. It isn’t great literature, or even good literature, but it is a good thriller, a good concept and, for the most part, fun. It seems to accomplish pretty much exactly what it set out to do. 2.5 to 3.0 stars.

  • Will Byrnes
    2018-08-23 13:47

    Dan Brown - image from USA Today A real page-turner, about a Holy Grail quest. It is replete with oodles of interesting little details about church history, the true meaning of the grail, secret societies through the ages, Opus Dei and architectural details. In this fast-paced adventure an American art expert is accused of killing a director of the Louvre. Rescued by the deceased's granddaughter, a police cryptologist, the pair flees from both French and British police. The tale is enlivened with characters such as Silas, an albino ex-con who has seen the light and been taken in by the head of a Catholic extremist cult, Leigh, a British knight obsessed with finding the grail. Great fun!I also reviewed Brown''s -----Angels and Demons-----The Lost Symbol and-----Inferno

  • Lisa
    2018-08-27 11:56

    No, I am not!No, I am not going to write a review about this piece of nonsense just because I had yet ANOTHER of those incredibly annoying conversations (in a bookstore to top it off!). No, I am not.Oh, for goodness sake! It is NOT a great book to broaden your cultural horizons, and whatever the humbug mentioned on Leonardo - it is NOT equivalent to reading a book researched by a REAL art historian, - which is something entirely different from a blind-folded arrogant gold digging bestseller author. It is not a well-written, exciting thriller. It is Brown in Wonderland, minus the humour, the wit and the beautiful language of the Wonderland Alice visited, and minus the credible plot.It is not something a bookworm like me HAS to read! Okay? Once and for all, no!"Lisa, you as a book lover and art historian must love Dan Brown!" No! Period. I don't. I read three ... THREE! ... of his arrogant idiocies posing as novels. I DON'T love him. It makes me furious to get the question, over and over:"How much of what he discovered on Leonardo is true?"I did not write a review, I hope. It would have been a bad one. Let's forget it.

  • Ruth
    2018-09-11 08:54

    Impossibly complicated plot. Really, really, really bad writing. This book was forced upon me. I should have known better.

  • James
    2018-08-23 10:54

    5 stars to Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. Most folks have seen the movie and probably not read the book. What a loss for them! That said, I know a lot of people don't enjoy Brown's books, believing he is too commercialized and over-exaggerated in his style. While I can understand why someone may think that, I don't agree. I love the complexity of the story, the reality and the fiction, the test of character strength, the puzzles, the different view points. It completely absorbs me... so I fall into the category of those who love him and this style of writing, even if others think his writing isn't fantastic. Doesn't mean I don't love the more classic and richly written novels where it's the imagery and the words that win out, too.I had never heard of Dan Brown in his early years. I heard about the movie being made of the book and how it was coming out relatively soon. I looked it up and saw it had the "treasure-hunter" thrill appeal and decided to read the book before the movie could come out and warp my interpretation. So glad I did!It's addicting. Growing up Catholic, I knew most of the religious detail, but once it weaved it art, literature, history and philosophy, I was just enamored with the story. Could it really be true? Maybe I'm related to Adam and Eve too! Ok, let's not get too crazy...Magnificent story-telling. Quick adventure. Beautiful scenes and images. Brown exhibit's intensely good control weaving back and forth between each of the plots, sub-plots and mini-plots. It's as realistic of a treasure hunt as one can get if you are not an adventurer, archaeologist or exhibition-junkie.But what took it to the next level for me was the amount of detail included for every component. It's the intricate of the intricate, relying on pure puzzles to move the story forward. Each new puzzle creates its own spark of drama directing readers to challenge what they do and do not know about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, languages, culture, locations, etc.It hits so many different waves of appeal that I felt it was at the top of its game. And it probably only edged out Angels & Demons because of how tight this story was. Definitely a must-read for the genre, for Brown and before watching the movie adaption.

  • Maura
    2018-09-16 06:39

    I've finally started reading that ever so controversial best-seller by Dan Brown. Actually, not reading it, listening to it while driving around Lansing, MI. This book seems to have changed the minds of many Catholics (my grandfather included) and Protestants alike. Granted, there have long been rumors of secret societies and organizations within the Roman Catholic Church, and historical cover-ups are rampant throughout civilization. HOWEVER,The book is crap. It's not at all well written. Brown seems to feel that in order to impress the mystery of the supposed Holy Grail conspiracy upon his readers, he must be repetitive and condescending. It almost seems that the whole purpose of the book is to tell the world how much Brown knows about obscure art history and symbology, and that he is willing to explain it to the teeming masses of uniformed Christendom. His constant use of cliff-hanger chapter endings (almost every chapter) makes the novel read like it was originally intended as a serial publication. Much of Brown's story hinges upon the loss of the Sacred Feminine, and yet his main female character (a cryptologist for the French police) is constantly having to be led clue by clue to obvious conclusions by her quicker, more worldly, male counterparts.I might have put some stock into Brown's "history," he writes with conviction, if not much style. I may even have looked into some of his sources on my own. Today, though, Brown completely lost any stock I would have put into his actual knowledge. He referred, multiple times, to Jesus Christ as the Immaculate Conception. As every half-informed Catholic knows, Mary was the Immaculate Conception (conceived without sin), Jesus was the Miraculous Conception (conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit).How this novel came to be as popular as it is, I can understand. Everyone today is dying to get to the big TRUTH, something which can never be done in religion. Faith is by definition something that is unsubstantiated, we must just believe. What I can't understand is how people can believe this absolute drivel.

  • Brina
    2018-09-14 07:54

    Every summer I tend to enjoy reading action and adventure thrillers. The genre seems perfect for the hot weather outside as all of the action builds to a heated crescendo. Last week I participated in a diary called the Pepys Project in one of the groups I am part of, the reading for pleasure book club. The diarist relays pertinent literary information on a daily basis to ones peers. It happened that author Dan Brown celebrated a birthday last week, and as I had never read his best selling DaVinci Code, the diary reminded me that the summer was a good as time as any to partake in this thriller. World renowned Harvard professor Robert Langdon is in Paris to deliver a lecture about his latest findings in cryptic symbology. As Langdon addresses his speech, nearby at the Louvre museum an albino monk on orders from his teacher brutally murders curator Jacques Sauniere. These two events are not mere coincidence as Sauniere had been planning on meeting with Langdon later in the evening. As he lay dying, Sauniere penned cryptic codes to both Langdon and his granddaughter Sophie Neveu. It would be up to the pair to crack these mysteries before the church uncovered the secrets that Sauniere had worked his entire life to guard. Once Langdon and Neveu meet up, together they discover that Sauniere had been the grand master of the Priory of Sion, an ancient society which believed in an alternate true history of Christianity. Sauniere left the duo a trail of clues to find the true resting place of the holy grail, that is before Catholic fanatical sect Opus Dei beats them to it and destroys the information. Through a intricate web of surveillance and bribes, however, Paris of chief police Bezu Fache believes that Langdon and Neveu to be guilty of Sauniere's murder. Ensuing, is a race through Paris and London to ensure that the grail and its secrets do not fall into the wrong hands. Brown details centuries of religious symbols and information as he has Langdon and Neveu quest to keep the Priory's secrets safe. Along the way they meet a number of characters, never knowing if one is friend, foe, or double agent. As a result, the action is fast paced, intriguing, and even brain exercising as I thought alongside the pair to crack open the codes that Sauniere left for them. In a structure of short chapters and changing points of view, Brown created a story that grew more thrilling as it went on. This created for an entertaining denouement which read quickly to the end. While it remains to be seen if the mysteries outlined in The DaVinci Code are fact, fiction, or somewhere in between, Dan Brown has created a fun concept that makes for thrilling summer reading. The novel grew to be an international best seller and later made into a movie starring Tom Hanks. Even though movies are usually not as good as their novel counterparts, Brown's thriller should translate well onto screen as it is all action. The Pepys Project lead me to a summer reading adventure, which I rate 3.75 stars. I look forward to Dan Brown's next installment starring Robert Langdon.

  • Issa Deerbany
    2018-08-30 08:35

    شيفرة دافنتشي عنوان موفق.فكل الأحداث والرموز والأسرار تبدأ من شيفرة دافنتشي.لا أستطيع ان انهي رواية لدان براون بسرعة، فهي تحتاج الى قراءة مركزة وإلا فإن الأحداث ستفوتك وتتوه.طبعا الرموز والصور والمواقع جميعها حقيقية ولكن ان تطوعها من اجل رواية بوليسية مليئة بالمغامرات فهي العبقرية بعينها.والتنقل بين فصول الرواية غاية في الروعة، فهو ينهي الفصل عند اكتشاف جديد ، كأنك تشاهد فيلما سينمائيا وعندما ينتقل الى موقع اخر في الرواية تغضب وتريد ان يعود الى حيث كنّا ولكن عبقريته في التنقل بين الأحداث يجعلك لا تطيق صبرا للانتهاء من هذا الفصل لتعود الى حيث كنت مع الاكتشاف الجديد.اعتقد انها اروع رواياته مع انني لم اقرأ رواية الجحيم بعد.استخدام جوجل للبحث عن الأماكن ورؤيتها او اللوحات الفنية ومشاهدتها أساسي لقراءة الرواية وكل رواياته.شكرا دان براون

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2018-09-19 11:32

    The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon #2), Dan Brownعنوانها: رمز داوینچی؛ راز داوینچی؛ نویسنده: دن براون؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سال 2007 میلادیعنوان: رمز داوینچی؛ نویسنده: دن براون؛ مترجم: نوشین ریشهری؛ تهران، نگارینه، 1384، در 336 ص؛ شابک: 9647533764؛ چاپ سوم 1385؛ عنوان: راز داوینچی؛ نویسنده: دن براون؛ مترجم: حسین شهرابی؛ سمیه گنجی؛ تهران، زهره، 1384، در 462 ص؛ مصور؛ شابک: 964570340؛ چاپ هفتم 1385؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، علم آرین، 1384؛ در 462 ص ؛ شابک: 9649582541؛عنوان: راز داوینچی؛ نویسنده: دن براون؛ مترجم: مریم بهرامی؛ تهران؛ بهزاد، 1385؛ در 571 ص؛ شابک: 9642569264؛صهیون خرابه های قلعه ای ست در سوریه، نزدیک لاذقیه، در زمان اسکندر، فنیقیان آنجا مسکن گزیدند، چهارصد سال پیش از میلاد مسیح. در سال 1119 میلادی به تصرف صلیبیون مسیحی درآمد، سپس صلاح الدین ایوبی در سال 1188 میلادی آن را فتح کرد. همچنین کوهی ست در جنوبغربی اورشلیم (بیت المقدس) که معبد را روی آن بنا کرده اند، و در آن مسجد الاقصی و قبه ی صخره است. گاهی بیت المقدس را به این نام خوانند. از فرهنگ معینکتاب «رمز داوینچی» ترجمه نوشین ریشهری، با پاراگراف بالا شروع شده، «رابرت لانگدون» سمبل شناس و استاد دانشگاه هاروارد و «سوفی نی وو» نقش آفرین ماجرا هستند، دل انگیز بود، کتاب با نام «راز داوینچی» و با ترجمه جناب حسین شهرابی و بانو سمیه گنجی در انتشارات زهره و با ترجمه بانو مریم بهرامی در نشر بهزاد نیز منتشر شده است. ا. شربیانی

  • Wayne
    2018-08-31 08:38

    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.

  • Robert
    2018-08-25 11:51

    For the most part, it seems that people either passionately love this book or they passionately hate it. I happen to be one of the former. For my part, I don't see the book so much as an indictment of the Catholic Church in particular but of religious extremism and religion interfering in political process in general. The unwarranted political control granted to extreme religious organizations like the CBN is an issue that we will be forced to address one way or the other. To my eye, our political process has been poisoned by it and the danger of theocracy is quite real. Furthermore, Brown's indictment of the Church for removing or suppressing feminine divinity figures is justified and needs a much closer look. Women do not have enough of a role in religion, religious practice, heroic myths, and creation myths, nor are they portrayed as divinity figures enough. In short, our religious systems and institutions lack balance and have a bias to suppress issues, stories, and roles that empower women to live as equals to men. Finally, Brown wrote his story simplistically, in my view, to spread his tale to as broad an audience as possible. Though it is not as pristine a narrative as, say, Umberto Eco, the message it conveys is one that needs to be heard. More obscure books on the matter are not as accessible as Da Vinci Code and if someone were to write an accessible book of genius on this subject, I would give him/her all due praise. In the meantime, Dan Brown is telling a story that needs to be told. It is one that has been kept quiet and in the dark for far too long.

  • Steve
    2018-09-10 14:32

    It's considered an unfair advantage using a cryptex box to solve this.

  • Joey
    2018-09-12 08:52

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  • Seth T.
    2018-09-04 11:45

    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.

  • Ninoska Goris
    2018-08-31 10:48

    Cuando sabe que lo asesinarán, Jacques Sauniere, deja una serie de pistas dirigidas a su nieta Sophie para que contacte a Robert Landon y le ayude a decifrarlas. El secreto podría cambiar por completo la historia de la humanidad.En mi país, República Dominicana, este libro causó un gran revuelo ya que la historia católica prohibió a sus seguidos que leyeran el libro por encontrar que la historia es en contra de las bases de su doctrina, logrando con esto justamente lo contrario. Creo que es primer libro que leí del género y esta tan bien escrito que me enganchó y no pude parar de leerlo.La película es muy buena, pero nada iguala al libro.

  • Warwick
    2018-09-12 12:53

    Exciting news for the blind and partially-sighted community, as the publishers release a Braille version:

  • Richard Derus
    2018-08-22 06:45

    Book Circle Reads 11Rating: 3 stars of five The Publisher Says: 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. My Review: Not one word. I mean it. Not ONE WORD of criticism for this book's three-star rating. It is not Literature, it is not even particularly well-written farb, but it is undeniably a page-turning rip-snorting adventure story that pokes fun at christian religion. Therefore it is A-Okay with me.Snobs: It's not about you. It's about normal people getting their entertainment from a book for once, instead of a TV or a gaming console. Why are you bitching? Who said you had to read it?Lovers: It's not about how much you love it. I didn't love it. I read the whole thing in a sitting and I wasn't about to get up until it was done, and that's saying a lot for someone whose life list of books read includes the snooty people's snootiest books. So yeah, three-star review is a huge vote of confidence from this source.Religious christians: What in the hell are you doing reading my reviews?! Are you daft? I won't be saying anything nice about your imaginary friend any time soon. Pass on!Environmentalists: Yes, the entirety of Siberia was deforested to print the book in its zillions. I feel bad about that too. Tell you what: Get out there and make hemp paper (better for the environment, plus a smokeable side product!) on a commercial scale. Books will go down in price, forests will be saved, and the mellow quotient of the world will go up. Win-win-win!Normal people: You've all read the book by now, right? If not, go to a used bookstore (Brown's rich enough) and pick a few up. It's a lot of fun.This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

  • Jeremy
    2018-09-12 08:41

    This book, and everything written by Dan Brown (to varying degrees), represent much of what I most dislike about pop literature. First of all, Mr. Brown, despite teaching English at Amherst College, is a bad writer. This is not to say that I am a good writer. But I recognize a person who can't "show" you vivid scenes, he has to "tell you". Various characters wear expensive clothes. How do we know? The text says they're expensive. How do we know Mr. Langdon is brilliant? The text makes no bones about telling us. Langdon is also famous. Blah.Furthermore, Mr. Brown's books are ridiculously formulaic. Every single "thriller" that he has written to date begins with the murder of a key character at the hands of a shadowy and "terrifying" assassin individual/group. This group is controlled by a larger group with dubious intentions that generally have to do with world domination. The protagonist is introduced as an "expert" whose credentials relate to the matter at hand, and who takes the job of hunting down the bad guys. He enlists the aid of an extremely avuncular, wise, benevolent helper. This person provides assistance as the protagonist (with a love interest) finds clues to the murder, attempts to find the bad guys, is pursued by the assassin(s), all while TIME IS RUNNING OUT. The avuncular father figure turns out to be pulling the strings of the assassins, is behind the original killing, and provides a forgettable monologue at the end where he pleas for understanding. But our hero takes him down. The end. I'm sorry if I just ruined all Dan Brown's books for you. Finally, Mr. Brown likes to write about what he sees as religious conflicts. These conflicts take place between believers and non-. Unfortunately, he proves unable to adequately and convincingly describe these conflicts, because he reveals a striking inability to understand why people believe, in the first place. His highly religious characters therefore invariably turn out to be crazed nutjobs. I don't like stories that exploit religion for entertainment, and then use the attention that they draw to this entertainment to subtly undermine the reasons for faith. But by all means, read the Da Vinci Code. People say it's smart. Others describe it as a fast-paced thriller with historical and theological implications. It could've been in the hands of another author.

  • CJ
    2018-09-06 06:53

    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.

  • Jason Koivu
    2018-09-16 09:35

    Got about 15 pages in and couldn't continue for the tears of laughter and rage filling my eyes. Seriously, the writing is laughably bad, so bad I couldn't see straight. I had to put it down. No way am I going to willingly subject myself to torture.And yet, at times I do. That's led me to wonder why.I think it's because some books, while bad, are not horrible to the bone and I hold out hope that they might salvage a rough start and shine by the end. I want to enjoy what I'm reading. I always go into a book hoping for the best, a pleasurable diversion, or perhaps a lesson learned. I never hope a book sucks. When I finally get around to reading a ragingly popular book such as The Da Vinci Code and it turns out to be a clanger, I'm not happy. I hate when my reading experiences are painful. This is supposed to be a happy occasion! Reading a bad book means I'm going to have to write a negative review, which in turn means I'll attract more trollish defenders of the book, and ain't nobody got time for that!

  • Leo .
    2018-09-16 06:41

    Illuminati and Club of Rome. Is Dan Brown illuminated or enlightened?He is a good researcher that is for sure.

  • Laz
    2018-09-02 07:41

    I am utterly stupefied by this masterpiece and Dan Brown's ability to blur the lines between the real and the fictional, as he did in the first book in the Robert Langdon series. It's a mouthwatering book, always keeping you on the edge, from page one up until the last page I could hear my own heart beating because of the thrill. I had found the first book extraordinary when I read it three months ago and I'm so glad I finally read it, especially after all those years of reading the controversial reviews regarding this book, which is so full of cryptic messages and honestly is amazing to see how our two protagonists decipher those messages, ultimately leading to the truth. To my view, this one far exceeded the first book of the series. The formula was almost the same, although now we didn't have the illuminati, it was a sole man, not an entire organization ready to take down an entire city. I really really love how Brown took real events, real symbols etc and wove them into such an intricate story about a secret that could change everyone's beliefs, change the entire world as we know it. Take Da Vinci's most famous painting to kick off your story nicely and artistically, add a secret organization protecting a powerful secret, add some lies and deceit and lots of intrigue and yes that's the formula to creating an incredible book. But it takes a masterful author to create an incredible book such as this one.I won't start talking about the protagonists because I'm never gonna stop babbling about their awesomeness. Langdon just rose on the scale of my list of the most brilliant characters, meanwhile I loved Sophie Neveau as the companion of Robert. They fit amazingly good together, always filling the blanks together and assisting each other when they hit an insurmountable cryptic message which neither thought they could decode.I am in awe by Brown's amazing mind. The way he writes, all those details of real, existing history and art, all mixed together... He must be a genius, and he must have done one hell of a research before writing this. If you've read the first book, loved it and you fear that this will fall short of your expectations then be sure that this will be one hell of a ride for you.