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The Da Vinci Code

One of my personal favorites, this one book is definitely on the shelf for the ‘must-reads’. With an ingenious plot, gripping story line and interesting characters teemed up with many twists and turns throughout the book makes for a very enjoyable read.

The Da Vinci Code is one of the top-selling books of all time. It sold a breathtaking 18 million copies around the world. It won the Best Book award at the British Book Awards

Although admired by many, this book did not go down well everybody’s throats.

The book was criticized by the church in various countries on the basis of some of Dan Brown’s theses.

According to the book, Mary Magdalene was pregnant with Jesus Christ’s baby and together they started the Merovingian family prevalent at the beginning of the formation of France. Mary Magdalene and her unborn child along with some sacred documents were the ‘Holy Grail’.

The book also lays a claim about the anti-women attitude of the church. It tells us about how the Opus Dei segregate the sexes and women are to perform extra rituals to compensate for the ‘original sin’, i.e. of eating from the apple of knowledge.

The third controversy arose because the book said that the divinity of Jesus was voted on by the Roman elite to expand the powers of the church after Christ had been dead for almost 300 years!

Following the release of The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown became a star in the literary world.

The cover for Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code

In the book, Dan Brown successfully spins an inextricably intricate net of history, symbols, treachery and emotion all bundled up together to captivate the reader. His two main characters in this book  – Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu – are both clever people with insights into symbology and cryptography respectively. They unexpectedly meet when Sophie’s grandfather, also a respected member of the Prieuré de Sione, is murdered and places himself in complex symbols to pass on the knowledge of the Grail and to prevent the knowledge from dying with him. The duo take us on a hunt for the long-lost ‘ Holy Grail’  from the Louvre museum in Paris to the Chapels of Scotland, concluding the tale with a startling end.

Some people hold the opinion that the book went on to be a bestseller only because of the mention of the Holy Grail which is one of the most baffling mysteries of history and a subject of major historical research but the people who have read it, like myself, firmly believe that this book is more than a random book about the Grail, it is a book that makes us think about our respective religions and makes us wonder about what they really are under the surface which is indefinitely more important than saying a bunch of prayers everyday without knowing to whom they are said – the divine or the human.

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