#BarAThon – The Da Vinci Code
Welcome to IC Dreams and my first ever participation in the #BarAThon with blogarhythm
Thanks to Shalini of Shalzmojo.in for introducing me. Check out her Day 1 post here.
My attempt this #BarAThon season will be to get into the disciplined joy of regular writing and blogging.
Join me every alternate day from today till 15th July as I interpret the theme and prompts in relation to my love for books and the written word!
The Theme for the third season is : RUN/ SPRINT/ MARATHON/ DASH/ CHASE and each day have its own prompts!
The Day 1 Prompt is: One too Many
You could say I have taken a wrong turn, one too many! and in the journey of twists and turns which is life, a book which changed me, which I consider a turning point in my life is THE DA VINCI CODE by DAN BROWN.
THE DA VINCI CODE is a best seller (translated into multiple languages) is the second installment in the ‘Professor Robert Langdon’ – symbologist & mystery solver extraordinaire series.
Book/Plot Summary –
Harvard symbology professor Robert Langdon is awakened in the middle of the night in his Paris hotel and called in to view a murder of mysterious proportions, which begins a wild ride across the country and artworks with deep symbolic allegories.
This work of Fiction (some say, it is but, 1%) sees Langdon, with the help of French police cryptographer Sophie Neveau, finding clues and solving riddles, many of which were left by artist and inventor Leonardo Da Vinci, which promises to unlock one of the greatest secrets in Western civilization.
My Personal Take –
For me, this book OPENED UP the world of ART and SYMBOLOGY! I had literally been living inside the confines of a sheltered life, and while I have not traveled personally to many places, yet, thanks to books, I have ventured into places of great intrigue, mystique, and beauty.
The DA VINCI CODE introduced me to the world of Art & Sculpture, architecture, the foreign lands, history, and the mystical world of symbology & secret rituals, especially in the Christian world.
I traveled right along with the characters as they rushed against time and unknown enemies to de-crypt an age-old mystery and save the world – all inside of 481 pages!
This book inspired me to take up an Art Appreciation Course at the National Museum, New Delhi – In the weekly classes across six (6) months, we (I) were introduced to the vast and deep world of Art and Culture across the Globe!
We did a deep-dive into the beauty, significance, and techniques of each era and region.
And for Prof-Langdon-Inspired-ME I saw symbology and meaning in everything we were taught 🙂
This very famous franchise has been made into movies with the very talented Tom Hanks playing the lead along with Audrey Tautou. – So, if you have read, one book too many this week (*wink* IC knows there is no such thing!), do watch the movie to see the wonders of this narration.
Did You Know?
The Da Vinci Code has been banned in Lebanon after complaints it was offensive to Christianity, and many objected to the contents of this story book. Catholic leaders called for the book to be withdrawn because of its depiction of Christ marrying Mary Magdalene and fathering a child.
Genre: Mystery, Detective fiction, Conspiracy fiction, Thriller
My rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ / 5
I recommend this book to everyone! So in case you haven’t read this book – do get your copy today! Available on Amazon.in (paperback, kindle) & absolutely, most definitely at all retailers and stores!
Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? I LOVE talking books – so do leave me a comment below.
Update: This book has been such a great conversation started for me! Do you have such books too which are just an instant connect? Recommend them to me 🙂
PS: This is a newer edition, and I love this cover too – if you have read this, then you know how intrinsically this object changed the narrative of this story!