I read The Da Vinci Code over the holiday weekend, so I feel the need to write a review of the bestseller on my blog. I so dislike discussing books that I did not enjoy, because it takes more time than it is worth, but I must be totally honest!
I don't claim to be a genius, or the most well-read person around, but characters of this book were so thin and the plot so obvious, that I had to deduce that this book sold millions of copies based solely on its controversial subject matter. The author, Dan Brown did nothing to endear the reader to his hero and heroine, at least not in my opinion (but that may be because I read so many children's books, and half the point of those is to make the reader LOVE the main characters).
I cannot imagine that a Christian who truly has a thriving relationship with his Lord could in any way be shaken by the fallacies presented as "fact" in this novel, but the content that I most have issue with is the pagan religion so advocated by the characters (and thus the author). I have never seen an addiction to sexuality so cleverly disguised as something wholesome -- even as worship. Brown constantly explains symbols found all around -- in nature, in architecture, in art -- as all representing some body part, or the "worship" of the woman's body and her ability to reproduce. It was disgusting!
The main benefit of this book (at least from the author/publisher's standpoint) is that I now am curious about the movie. I just couldn't picture dear Tom Hanks as the role of Robert Langdon, so I guess I will go see it!
Finally, here are a few questions I would love to discuss with someone else who may have read the book (or seen the movie, I guess).
1. Why didn't Sophie's grandfather raise her to believe in his religion? He was obviously devoted to it-- the Grand Master. She is so clueless about EVERYTHING he believed in!
2. Why does a religion devoted to the "sacred feminine" have almost ONLY male Grand Masters through history? If woman is so divine, she should pretty much always be the one in control, huh?
3. Why are many people in history who believe in goddess worship homosexuals, as the author tells us? If the whole point of those pagan beliefs are the balance of man and woman, the yin and yang, the chalice and the blade, then why would those people live their lives in this unbalanced way?
Please post if you know what I'm talking about! :)