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Da Vinci Code - Why Do People Hate It?  
User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4518 posts, RR: 53
Posted (9 years 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6001 times:

I haven't read it myself but everyone seems to either love it or scoff at it.

So my question is, what is the matter with it?


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User currently offlineManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3012 posts, RR: 46
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5994 times:
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I have no idea, but I've heard the same things. I guess I have to read it someday... but I'm lazy, I hardly ever read a book, so I'm afraid I'll never find out...


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User currently offlineRichardPrice From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5993 times:

Its a descriptive story that essentially destroys the mythos surrounding organised religion - specifically the Catholic church. Because of this, people have read far too much into it in some cases and tried to put forward a lot of what its saying as truth.

Personally, having read it, its a good read and very thought provoking (something that some organisations deem bad...). He raises good questions, some of which do pan out when you investigate them in real life, while other things are totally made up.

Read it, make your own mind up.


User currently offlineVenezuela747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1429 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5982 times:

It is a fiction book, I liked it as one because it was very intriguing and it kept me at the edge of my seat and I always wanted to turn the page to find out what happened, like other good books....that's it.

I hate it how some people are completly buying into everything Dan Brown says and wasting money on all this stuff, if you do a little bit of research you find out that a lot of the facts are true but the connections are completly made up ans non-existent.

Still a good thriller to have on the shelf



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User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 5968 times:

It was a collection of unreadable pseudo-intellectual crap. Toss in a collection of trivia, and people think they'll get smart from reading it. Not to mention the practice of ending almost every chapter with an exciting cliffhanger, so people just have to keep reading. That's a common trick in children's literature but condescening in something aimed at adults.


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User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5926 times:

Quoting PROSA (Reply 4):
It was a collection of unreadable pseudo-intellectual crap. Toss in a collection of trivia, and people think they'll get smart from reading it. Not to mention the practice of ending almost every chapter with an exciting cliffhanger, so people just have to keep reading. That's a common trick in children's literature but condescening in something aimed at adults.

Well, PROSA's viewpoint and mine will make a nice microcosm of people's differing opinions. I've read much Dostoevsky, Camus and other serious stuff, and I really enjoyed Da Vinci. I read it as a work of fiction, but I must say he writes in a manner that is quite convincing. That the subject matter is such a sensitive establishment obviously makes many people uncomfortable. I for one, never noticed that in "The Last Supper," the disciple to Jesus Christ's immediate right is obviously female, and no one can really dispute the role women have been relegated to in the Catholic church.

So, it made me think a bit, which is never a bad thing. By all means, make up your own mind - about everything.


User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13253 posts, RR: 77
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5926 times:

Not read it, but I note that at least one cathedral in the UK, mentioned in the book, have changed their visitor information to account for myths and plain false information in the book.
After many visitors, usually foreign tourists, kept on asking questions related to this work of fiction, seemingly unable to separate fantasy from reality, arguably the curse of our age.


User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5916 times:

I just didn't like Dan Browns writing style. He repeats stuff over and over again in the book. It was ok but I wouldn't read anything else by him after reading that. Having said that I will probably go see the movie. Some of the theories about Leonardo Da Vinci were interesting but.....  Wink

User currently offlineJush From Germany, joined Apr 2005, 1636 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5915 times:

Yep but it still remains a great book.
It's like every conspiracy theory. Your are intrigued and actually want to believe it. So you have to remind yourself to not get carried away and don't believe anything.
If you can do this or not it'll be a great read anyway

Regds
jush



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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 5895 times:

It's a conspiracy theory presented as fact, it twists reality and religious beliefs that are very strong in order to make a buck.


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User currently offlineRichardPrice From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 5879 times:

Quoting Jwenting (Reply 9):
It's a conspiracy theory presented as fact, it twists reality and religious beliefs that are very strong in order to make a buck.

Its a story book, how in hell is it presented as fact any more than any other fiction book? Guess what, every fiction writer is out to make a buck through exactly the same manner.


User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5857 times:

Interesting novel to kill some time. A history book? Not even his author believes that. A good novel? Yes, but not even among the best ficiton's one that I had read.

[Edited 2005-12-04 21:38:11]

User currently offlineLy7e7 From Israel, joined Jun 2004, 2262 posts, RR: 19
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5856 times:

It is a fiction book, quite stupid and badly written IMHO.

The main problem for Catholics (and other Christians) with that book is that it basically says that JC was a human being, who ate, drank, loved and f*cked. As such he probably had offsprings, considering the fact that 2000+ years ago contraceptives were not there  Smile - all of which was true. As far as I care - I could be in the same bloodline  Wink.



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User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5853 times:

Quoting Ly7e7 (Reply 12):
It is a fiction book, quite stupid and badly written IMHO

Thankyou! Go read Small Island by Andrea Levy instead. That's what you call a book!  Wink


User currently offlineLY7E7 From Israel, joined Jun 2004, 2262 posts, RR: 19
Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5847 times:

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 13):
Thankyou! Go read Small Island by Andrea Levy instead. That's what you call a book!

You're welcome! Another suggestion is "The closing of the western mind" by Charles Freeman



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User currently offlineScamp From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5818 times:

As a non-Catholic, I can see where it would cause the Vatican to get its collective panties in a wad, but I enjoyed the book a great deal. Frankly, I don't give a squat whether or not Jesus was married or had a daughter. It doesn't change who or what He is for me.


If it pisses off the right, I'm all for it.
User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4518 posts, RR: 53
Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 5778 times:

Ok...thanks for the responses.

So now I'm not sure whether it is worth reading or not. If I do read it, I suppose I should be wary of the points brought up here.

How should I approach this book if I decide to go about reading it?



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User currently offlineKennethsk From Thailand, joined Oct 2005, 297 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (9 years 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 5716 times:

Quoting AirxLiban (Reply 16):
So now I'm not sure whether it is worth reading or not. If I do read it, I suppose I should be wary of the points brought up here.

How should I approach this book if I decide to go about reading it?

Just read it like any other book you would read. Don't think it's a big book people talk about, but just a book that you would grab fromt he bookstores and read. If you don't like it, don't continue, if you do then you know what you enjoy.

'Cuz then you won't know how it is like if you don't try yourself!

Kennethsk



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User currently offlineKennethsk From Thailand, joined Oct 2005, 297 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 5714 times:

By the way, I enjoyed the book though.

Maybe because after a week I finished the book, I went to visit Louvre museum and I could see what I imagined what the book says.

Try it!
Kennethsk



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User currently offlineWe're Nuts From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5722 posts, RR: 19
Reply 19, posted (9 years 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5673 times:

I thought the book was interesting, and Brown is definitely very intelligent, but I lost a lot of respect for him when he called the BE58 a turboprop.  banghead 


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User currently offlineJohnboy From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2602 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (9 years 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5666 times:

Good potboiler read.

I don't want to spoil any ending, but IMHO the author should have gone for the jugular with the Church but he was too much of a wuss to do so.

A collective yawn at the end after building up so much historical/fictional detail throughout the story.


User currently offline707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Reply 21, posted (9 years 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5665 times:

Quoting We're Nuts (Reply 19):
I thought the book was interesting, and Brown is definitely very intelligent, but I lost a lot of respect for him when he called the BE58 a turboprop.

He also located "highway 5" near Versailles. We do have a Motorway 5 in France, but to say it is near Versailles... Oh well, it is about 150 km away !!!

Cheers,

707


User currently offlineVenezuela747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1429 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5612 times:

****DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK***
****DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK***
****DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK***

Quoting Johnboy (Reply 20):
I don't want to spoil any ending, but IMHO the author should have gone for the jugular with the Church but he was too much of a wuss to do so.

A collective yawn at the end after building up so much historical/fictional detail throughout the story.

Agree 100% the ending was really bad, it looks like he pulled a fairy tale ending where everyone lived happily ever after.

BTW anyone read Angles and Deamons? I got it on my shelf but havent read it



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User currently offlineRichardPrice From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5611 times:

Quoting Venezuela747 (Reply 22):

BTW anyone read Angles and Deamons? I got it on my shelf but havent read it

Ive read it, more of the same really. I have almost managed to mentally block the airplane scenes tho (you will know waht i mean when you read it)  Smile


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 24, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5545 times:

It's an entertaining read, but it's a load of nonsense in its claims to represent accuracy.

There are bits and pieces that are reasonable enough. Various of the Coptic Gospels present intriguing alternate stories, and it is true that the Church edited and discarded various of the gospels in the early years. Equally, the painting of the Last Supper has long been thought controversial - to me it looks like a female and always has, others disagree.

But so much of it is claimed to be truth and simply isn't. The secret society Brown states really does exist in his foreword - and is the crux of the whole plot - almost certainly doesn't (and anyway, he got the idea from Holy Blood, Holy Grail and is currently subject of a legal action), the various architectural links he puts forward are pure fantasy, and the whole Mary Magdelene thing, whilst possible, has no evidence whatsoever.

Treat it as fiction, and you're fine. The problem is that people believe it.



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25 Post contains images Scbriml : It's fiction - not real. On the whole an enjoyable read, weaving a fictional story around some historical truths. Quite clever really. The fact that t
26 Mrocktor : It is an excellent thriller, and intelligently written (because it seems incredibly fantastic, while remaining plausible). It is fiction, including ma
27 Backfire : It was a horribly readable book - which is why publishers love it - the equivalent of a popcorn movie, great for light entertainment but not something
28 Redngold : Just like the Left Behind series, The Da Vinci Code takes stories from the Bible and extends them into myths about what might have been and what may c
29 AirxLiban : Hm...thanks for the all the responses. Still not sure whether or not to bother reading it, especially since I've got a lot of other things to get thro
30 Mirrodie : hey, we all love a conspiracy. Thats the bottom line. Those what don't will rip the book apart. Those who do love conspiracy love it. Personally, the
31 Lowrider : It is not a bad book. Not his best though. I liked "Angels and Demons" and "Deception Point" better. None of it is fine literature, but it is a good w
32 TACAA320 : Nothing in between??????
33 Ctbarnes : I read it a couple of summers ago. Decent page turner with a predictable ending. Conspiracy theory about Opus Dei and the Church fanciful to the point
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