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"The Da Vinci Code" Essay

Book review By: yves
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A critical essay on the bestseller, "The Da Vinci Code".

Submitted:Sep 30, 2012    Reads: 329    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   

The book that I have chosen to write about is a classic bestseller named "The Da Vinci Code", which was written by Dan Brown in the year two thousand and three.

The elderly curator of the Louvre Museum, located in Paris, had been violently murdered in the Grand Gallery. Harvard Professor Robert Langdon is summoned to decipher the baffling codes which the police find alongside the body. As he and a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the mind-boggling riddles, they are stunned to find a trail that leads to the works of Leonardo Da Vinci, which suggests the answer to an age-old mystery that stretches into the vault of history. Unless they can decipher the labyrinthine code and quickly assemble the pieces of an ancient puzzle, a stunning historical truth will be lost forever.

The theme in "The Da Vinci Code" is without a doubt religion. Its main theme is religion due to the fact that the story is based on the story of "The Holy Grail". Apparently, Jesus was meant to have drank wine symbolising his blood from a chalice, formerly known as "The Holy Grail". In Leonardo Da Vinci's painting of "The Last Supper", there is no chalice to be seen. Another reason is due to the fact that Robert Langdon is a Harvard professor who specializes in religious symbols and what they mean, e.g. the "V" sign means feminine.

There are many characters in "The Da Vinci Code", but the main character is certainly Robert Langdon. He himself, is truly an unforgettable character, due to his immense knowledge of religious facts and symbols. Also, it has made him unforgettable due to the fact that he always helps Sophie Neveu, a French cryptologist, so there are hints of a romance. Sophie seems innocent throughout the book, until she realises that her grandfather groomed her to step up to the task she had to do; protect the secret of The Holy Grail.

"The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown is a very gleeful, erudite, suspence novel, with every chapter left on a cliff-hanger, all you do is want to read more. "The Da Vinci Code" is a fascinating and absorbing read. This book is perfect for historic lovers, conspiracy nuts, puzzle lovers or anyone who appreciates a great, riveting read.


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