#ThrowbackThursdayBookstagram: The Da Vinci Code

My husband (who isn’t on social media, so his opinion shouldn’t count here) will be dismayed at my pick for this week’s #ThrowbackThursdayBookstagram feature! Drumroll, please! It’s THE DA VINCI CODE by Dan Brown.

Why would Tim be dismayed? Because he didn’t like the book. “I figured it out too quickly,” he said. But Tim’s a physicist who thinks for fun (and does math and solves logic puzzles for fun too), and while he enjoys reading, nonfiction is more his genre of choice.

Like many other readers, I enjoyed this book, which, according to the publisher, “has become one of the best selling novels of all time as well as the subject of intellectual debate among readers and scholars.” I stayed away from the debates when I read it, hoping to just ingest it like a reader, not a writer or editor, and I came away unscathed.

So what’s it about? While I haven’t seen the movie, IMDB did provide a synopsis that fits both the film and the book: “A murder inside the Louvre, and clues in Da Vinci paintings, lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years, which could shake the foundations of Christianity.”

Whether you enjoyed the book or not, Brown is in the category of authors I appreciate: the I-can-get-a-lot-of-people-to-pick-up-a-book-and-read-it category. So he’s okay in my book.

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