For a change, it was nice to read a thriller where the fate of the world as we know it wasn’t in the balance, or hanging on the actions of the protagonist. I started reading this book knowing very well that there would be historical “facts” and religious views in it, having heard of the novel long back.
Robert Langdon is a professor of religious iconology and “symbology”. He is known around the world, and is in Paris for a lecture when he’s requested to a crime scene by the French equivalent of the FBI. As it turns out, Jacques Saunière, the curator of the Louvre, has been murdered. In his last moments, the curator manages to write a message in code and also points toward finding Robert Langdon. When cryptologist Sophie Neveu sees the message, she understands that Saunière is actually sending a message to her as well. Realizing that Fache suspects Langdon as the murderer, Neveu rescues him from the Louvre, and solving the codes that Saunière leaves for them, they go deep into the a mystery seemingly steeped in history, in the quest to save a historical truth.
I’m not a history buff, so while the author claims that the historical details in this fiction are facts, I’ve no way to be sure that that’s true. Approaching this book as a work of fiction, I felt that it did justice to the thriller genre. The action is fast paced, the clues in code quite interesting and their solutions a bit unexpected. It reflected on the character sketch of Jacques Saunière in particular, with him being portrayed as a lover of puzzles.
I liked Langdon’s character too, very knowledgeable but not serious as a Professor, putting across his thoughts in a simple way. Even Neveu’s character is well sketched, with her past helping her in the present. I wanted to know more about the character of Sir Leigh Teabing. I didn’t guess who the “Teacher” was until the pivotal moment in the book, so that hidden villain part was well done, I felt. The level of detailing with the historical details feels well-researched, but to me, it didn’t feel very interesting even if it is important to the story. Many of the riddles and clues and terms are in French. While that’s true to the setting, I felt a list of translation at the end would have been useful for a reader.
I liked this book a lot, and would read again. It was engaging from the first page to the last, and I finished reading it in around a day or so. First time I’m reading Robert Langdon, and will try to read Angels and Demons next.
|Title: The Da Vinci Code||Series: Robert Langdon #2|
|Author(s): Dan Brown||Genre: Thriller|
|ISBN/ASIN: 9780552161275||Publisher: Corgi Books|
(© Vinay Leo R. @ A Bookworm’s Musing
15th February 2018)