i have read the Da Vinci Code but i found it hard to understand...
Pearl, I have not read the Da Vinci Code but I found it hard to understand. So, count your blessings. Know what I mean? You have shoes and I have no feet.
While it isn’t great literature, the writing is certainly skilled enough to tell a nifty murder mystery
Shelly, of which literary genre would you consider it to be? Is it a murder detective/mystery, historical fiction, fictional realism (oops---oxymoron), or religious fiction (double oops-redundancy)? Sometimes genres overlap. Maybe there’s some German Bildungsroman
("novel of education" or "novel of formation") feeding the roots of Brown’s book. What’s your thinking on this?
Dan Brown popularized names, places and dates more people need to know about. If, after having read this book, more people decide to visit Westminster Abby or the Louvre, or examine I.M. Pei’s or Da Vinci's work more closely, then that's all good.
Good point. Sometimes it's not
the journey, but the destination that really matters. 30 years ago I came to know of I.M. Pei while working for a community corporation housed in a former Brooklyn milk bottling plant Pei completely redesigned.
I was ten when I read a single passage in a book stating that a mirror was useful in reading Da Vinci's handwritten notes and journals. "Weird dude", I thought, "Gotta know more 'bout him", I concluded.
So, here's a riddle: who's buried under a small parking lot in The Temple, London?
No one we can really know?
I was going to say a Michigan horse farm, but you asked 'who', not 'what'.
The question s is why do people allow themselves to think it is true? Is it the writing? Is it to do with the belif in God? Or what?
Tony, I deeply, truly, and without question believe it's the "Or what?"
I was shocked at how quickly people were ready to believe anything... Just remember when a persons name has been mentioned that actually existed at one time doesn’t make the story a fact, and please don’t read it for the purpose of research...
Very true. What is it about the Bible, Koran, Torah, and Playboy's centerfold that causes folks to do that?
Then again some are ready to follow any type of religion , sadly enough
That would be me. I am always ready, but never follow through. That is not so sad when you consider the options.
Ken Greenwald wrote:
Pearl, I find that I how receive a book often depends a lot on my mood and what else I have just finished reading. When I read the Da Vinci Code I was ready for some light reading, wasn’t expecting great literature, and so I wasn’t that disappointed. But I didn’t think it was all that good, although it was a page turner, and I guess from its level of popularity I was expecting more than what I got.
( I could suggest you read Foucault's Pendulum, by Umberto Eco
, which will give you more then you expect. But, I expect you’d rather hold your breath until you passed out, rather then take a suggestion from me. So, you being you, and me being me, I'll give you only what you expect.)
I find that how I receive a book
rarely depends a lot on my mood and what else I have just finished reading, but upon whether or not I have had great sex and a very good meal 24 hours prior. (Coded allusions to sex and the last supper unintended.) When I read
Da Vinci Code The Holy Bible
I was ready for some light reading, wasn’t expecting great literature, and so I wasn’t that disappointed. But I didn’t think it was all that good, although it was a page turner, and I guess from its level of popularity I was expecting more than what I got. Dan Brown is expecting an increase in riches. Sometimes we create what we expect.
On the other hand, soon after making passionate love to my wife and eating her great cooking, I
Palace Walk Great Expectations
Charles Dickens (written in 1860 and forever open to
interpretations) who has been called the
Victorian England, and loved it. In addition to being really good literature, I felt it gave me a
decoder for deciphering life in
Victorian England's society (circa 1860 ), which I know more about then I will ever need to, and I am looking forward to reading the
next two books in his trilogy
English translations of the Gospels’ of Judas and (yet to be 'discovered') Mary Magdalene which will continue the post-modern epistemological breaks and continuous discontinuities of Christianity’s Grand Narrative. First, I have to finish deciphering The Voynich Manuscript. (Only two pages left to do).
So Ken my friend, the differences and similarities between Pip and J.C., Estelle and Mary 2, Brown and Dickens, great lit and bad lit; fact and fiction, sex and food, you and me; are not a matter of complementary, opposites, codes, belief, or skepticism-----but rather our expectations.
Edgar Allan Poe