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Anyone read The Da Vinci Code, Like It? Thoughts?(11 posts)

Anyone read The Da Vinci Code, Like It? Thoughts?HAL9010
Jan 15, 2004 10:34 AM
Has it changed your view(s), opinions, philosophy?

Did It anger or inlighten you?

Did you find it a good read?
I heard it was pretentious drivelgtx
Jan 15, 2004 10:43 AM
...from a few friends I trust, so I avoided it. Best new novels I've read lately are Old School by Tobias Wolff and My Life As a Fake by Peter Carey. Just started Train by Pete Dexter which seems good so far...
Yea I read it..............Len J
Jan 15, 2004 10:49 AM
I like Dan Brown novels for Airplanes and such. His plots have enough twists to keep it interesting and he creates characters you either Love or Hate but are neve ambivilant about.

Re the De Vinci Code, it neither angered or enlightened me as I have read seveal pieces about the Catholic Church, Mary Magdalen and the role of women in the early church.

I thought Angels & Demons was a better book.

The first fiction I've read in years,TJeanloz
Jan 15, 2004 3:12 PM
I generally don't read fiction, but somebody gave it to me in one of these stupid office Santa ordeals, and on a particularly cold day, I sat down and read it.

Bottom line? It's fiction. Not bad. But nothing more than entertainment. It was like watching that syndicated show with Tia Leone that's on late-night ("the Relic Hunter" or some such thing).

So did it change any views? No. It was impossible to figure what was fact and what was fiction, and what was fiction based in fact. Pretty hard to change views based on that.

Did it anger or enlighten? Not really. As above, it was fiction, nothing to get angry or enlightened about.

Was it a good read? Yes, in a completely worthless way. I'm never getting those four hours of my life back, but it wasn't any better or worse than watching a couple of movies.
Although I've not read it...Dwayne Barry
Jan 16, 2004 6:12 AM
my understanding is that it is a book along the lines of the "1421, the year the chinese discoverd America" (i think that's the title). Not fiction, but a very loose treatment of the "facts" with a good bit of speculation thrown in (and often presented as more concrete than those who know would allow), and with a good bit of ignoring of facts that contradict the author's thesis.

In other words, no scholar would take the work at all seriously, but it does appear to be a good formula for selling books. FWIW if you look on Amazon under archaelogy you'll find a plethora of pseudo-scientific books on "Atlantis" and ancient Egypt. Fiction under the auspices of science/history is almost it's own genre.

Also, if you want your ideas about Christianity provoked read Raymond Brown's book on the new testament. A bit dry a first but it's picking up now that it's getting into the history stuff. One example, the Greek word (the original gospels were written in Greek) used to describe Mary Magdeline's relation to Jesus in the gospels could be translated as "servant" or (gasp!) "slave".
TJ, you kill megtx
Jan 16, 2004 9:12 AM
454 pages in 4 hours. Wow! You must have taken speed reading or something. (or maybe it's big print, again I haven't read the book so I don't know--I'd just noticed how fat it was from all the people reading it on the bus, and looked up the page count on Amazon)

And then "Bottom line? It's fiction." Would you say the same about Melville, Dostoyevsky, Joyce, etc.? Or maybe you haven't read those, or you read them at a clip of 100+ pages an hour for a survey course in high school or college...
There's reading for information and then there's reading for funColnagoFE
Jan 16, 2004 9:28 AM
I think you need both. Nothing wrong with reading some lite fiction. I happened to enjoy all of the Harry Potter series. Made good bus reading. Probably a lot more enjoyable than trying to muddle through Ulysses for the third time. Not to say Ulysses isn't a stunning work of literature--just that it ain't good beach reading material unless you are a masochist.
Jan 16, 2004 9:37 AM
I just object to him dismissively lumping all fiction together. For 'lite' fiction I like stuff like James Ellroy and Elmore Leonard.
My faultTJeanloz
Jan 16, 2004 9:45 AM
I do read at a good clip - but this particular book is sort of large type, with a lot of air (for quotes and whatnot). It's a lot of fluff, not really dense reading.

As for fiction, your point made me realize that I was being unfair to the genre. I would differentiate between fiction and literature. I don't normally think of the "classics" as fiction, though of course they are. "Fiction" in my mind, is gossipy fluff - like the DaVinci Code, without any real substance - though this is obviously an unfair indictment of the category.
Jan 16, 2004 10:05 AM
Though of course there is plenty of new stuff, too, that qualifies as literature--not just the classics (though I think it's hard to give any kind of real status to any work of fiction that hasn't been around for at least fifty years--most stuff doesn't age very well). Also, a lot of 'lite' stuff is really quite good and fairly intellectual stuff. The Brits seem to be really good at this, for example Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis (I aslo like the work of his son, Martin, such as The Information). Ok, I'm starting to ramble...
Made for a good vacation read ...HouseMoney
Jan 16, 2004 9:00 AM
... while trying to beat the boredom of Martha's Vineyard. Generally not a fan of fiction, or very much interested in religion for that matter. As such, it didn't change my views or enlighten me. My girlfriend loved it, so it made for good dinner-time conversation over a few glasses of vino. She was less impressed with another of Dan Brown's books, Angels and Demons.