I wanted to tell you about a book I recently read...
You surely remember Miriam’s presentation of “Angels and Demons” by Dan Brown. Perhaps you already heard of his latest novel “The Da Vinci Code”.
It had real good press (“Fascinating and Fun ... exceedingly clever ... Read the book and be enlightened.” – The Washington Post Book World) and was discussed all over the country – do you remember?
I sum up the plot shortly:
Robert Langdon who we already know from Brown’s first novel “Angels and Demons” is in Paris while the curator of the Louvre, Jacques Saunière, is murdered inside this museum. Langdon, Harvard symbologist, is awakened in the dead of night and brought inside the museum. Inspector Captain Fache makes him believe he could help the police finding the curator’s murderer by deciphering numerous hidden clues. What he is not told is the fact that he is Fache’s primary suspect because he was supposed to meet the Louvre curator the same evening inside the Louvre – in fact there where the murder had taken place.
A young French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, who happens to be Saunière’s granddaughter, warns him and helps him to get rid of the tracking dot for guarded observation. She is convinced Langdon did not kill her grandfather because he left her a message on the floor instructing her to find the symbologist. Together they discover a trail of hidden clues and by following these instructions find a peculiar key, which bears the symbols of the secret society Priory of Sion. Obviously, Sophie’s grandfather was one of the leading members of this group whose members included Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo , and Da Vince, among others. Together Sophie and Robert leave the Louvre and try to get away from the police. They even manage to solve a riddle to get hold of a wooden box, which contains the Holy Grail – Robert Langdon supposes.
Their flight from the police is interrupted for a short time when they arrive at Sir Teabing’s castle in Paris, one of Langdon’s colleagues. The whole story develops even faster when an albino monk named Silas appears. They kidnap the monk and leave France illegally by plane with Teabing’s help...
What makes the book so highly exciting is the fact that Brown tells each chapter from another point of view. He does not only refer to current events but reports the reader also the characters’ past.
I promise you will read it within few hours because the short chapters and the mixture of past, present and future nearly force you to go on.
What is perhaps even more important than the plot is the information the novel contains concerning the secret society Priory of Sion, the quest for and existence of the Holy Grail and Leonardo Da Vinci’s life and art.
Last but not least I quote a passage from the book, which is mysterious – in my eyes:
Many have made a trade of delusions and false miracles, deceiving the stupid multitude.
Blinding ignorance does mislead us. O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes!
– Leonardo Da Vinci –
Well, I think the book is worth reading, it’s exciting from the first page to the last and you will be very astonished at the fact that even Jesus Christ plays an important role in the solution of all the hidden clues.
In my opinion, the book does not criticize the Vatican or Christianity in general, but is to be seen fictional.
See you soon, Caro