Book Review: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Year of Publication: 2003

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What’s it about?

If you are reading this, there is a small, almost non-existent chance that you know nothing about this novel. I will do everything in my power to review the book without any spoilers. The novel is about a professor solving a murder in the Louvre Museum.

The Media Frenzy

When this book came out it was criticized by Christian organizations for more than one reason. I consider myself a christian. I was brought up in a conservative household. I remember checking out this book from the library and thinking “Am I committing a sin right now?”

There was just so much publicity around it, I was curious to read the book. I had to find out what the fuss was all about. I remember reading the book and thinking the story was good. I was hooked. I was already a big fan of mystery book and the beginning parts of the book reads like a mystery novel. This encouraged me to keep on reading. Then, I reached the “offensive” part. I read it and laughed.

The revelation in the book made me laugh.

“Is this it?” I said. “This is nothing.”

Let me explain both sides of the argument.

On the one hand we have the Christian organizations lambasting the book. Why did they do this? In the Christian faith, like in any religion, there are somethings we hold to be, for lack of a better word, “sacred”. The Da Vinci Code makes light of a certain pivotal person in the Christian religion. This is a big no-no. Of course people are going to be offended. Of course they should express their opinion on the matter. This is America, after all. Is it right for Dan Brown to attack any religion? I don’t think so. Is he allowed to express his opinion on any matter he wants to? Yes.

On the other hand, we have Dan Brown. The man wrote a fiction book. He claims 99% of the information in the book is accurate. I don’t think it is. I don’t have to agree with everything in a book. The man is not trying to write theology. It’s a novel. Everyone should read and reach their own conclusions.

However, if your foundations in the Christian religion are shaken by the judgment outside the religion says, you might want to speak to your spiritual advisor. Dan Brown never said he was a Christian.

Another thing came to mind after I finished reading the novel. Dan Brown knows what he is doing. He knows religion is a sensitive topic. Is it possible he wrote a book to cause an uproar? I think it’s possible. The negative publicity the book got probably helped boost the sales. Curiosity alone probably drove people to read the book.

To Sum Up

I think the story aspect of the novel, I think are great. However, I would never let my beliefs be shaken by the conclusions written by someone outside my faith. I recommend to read it and decide for yourself.

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