RichardPrice From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 9 hours ago) and read 6278 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.
Venezuela747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1429 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 9 hours ago) and read 6267 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.
PROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 8 hours ago) and read 6253 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.
"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
Logan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 7 hours ago) and read 6211 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.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13320 posts, RR: 77
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 7 hours ago) and read 6211 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.
9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 7 hours ago) and read 6201 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.....
Jush From Germany, joined Apr 2005, 1636 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 7 hours ago) and read 6200 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
There is one problem with airbus. Though their products are engineering marvels they lack passion, completely.
Ly7e7 From Israel, joined Jun 2004, 2268 posts, RR: 19
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 months 5 hours ago) and read 6141 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 - all of which was true. As far as I care - I could be in the same bloodline .
Scamp From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 months 5 hours ago) and read 6103 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.
Kennethsk From Thailand, joined Oct 2005, 297 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6001 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!
Welcome to the REAL world! it SUCKS but you are gonna LOVE it!
Banco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 24, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 5830 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.
She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
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