Reviews

The Da Vinci Code

Corgi

Mark Haddon

'Wow .... Blockbuster perfection .... An exhilarating brainy thriller. Not since the advent of Harry Potter has an author so flagrantly delighted in leading readers on a breathless chase'

New York Times

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Maybe I have read or seen on TV too many murder mysteries but I found this all a little too predictable. I enjoyed the delving into mysteries from the past and their intricate connections but to me the real hero of the book is Sophie Neveu and not Robert Langdon. She seems to be the one with the brains. Don't get me wrong I did thoroughly enjoy the escapism of the story and the rapid pace through landmark sites in Paris and then over to Britain. But unfortunately for me I found that as I read I kept predicting which of the characters the couple encountered would turn out be the 'bad-guy'. I was annoyingly correct throughout the entire book, which made me feel that either Mr Brown or I are on the same wavelength or the story was too predictable.

It is perhaps because I read this book as a woman but what carries me through are not the impressive places in which it is set; not the mystery itself; nor the religious implications. This book is made a thrilling read by the portrayals of the characters. My favourite character is Captain Bezu Fache of the Paris police who reminds me of Peter Sellars playing Inspector Clouseau. I also found the character of Silas, the monk, very interesting. Silas has a very sad background but finds love and fulfillment in his relationship with Bishop Aringarossa. He gives him hope and something to live for - Silas' death is poignant.

 

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Reviewed on 20/12/2004 by Anna

 

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ISBN 0-552-14951-9

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Comments

I'd agree with this review. The short chapters and large description of some 'fact' or the scene at the beginning of each chapter read more like a screenplay than a novel.

Furthermore, some of the statements made by the British 'Lord' in the book are clearly not 'British' - for example, a 'Soccer Squad' rather than 'Football Team'. I guess this was needed for the major American audience, however it grates slightly as a Brit reading the work.

Having said that, the book's pace was good, and its intertwining fact with fiction worked reasonably well.

Sam on 24/11/2005


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