[quote=Oren]I read the book a while back. Not taking the anti Catholic stuff in it into account, the book is pathetic. The mystery is stupid, the ending is anti climatic and predictable and the way in which it is written is deeply flawed, boring, flat, and plain stupid. There was one part where they were trying to figure out one of the ‘clues’ and it was sooooooo stupid I laughed out loud. So, the book is trash any way you look at it.
I agree. It was extremely unpleasant to read. I expected the pseudo-history/theology to be slowly hinted at until a big dramatic revelation – but no, by the second or third (short) chapter, Brown is hitting you over the head with his theories paraded as fact and common knowledge. As he has his characters explain the “truth” to each other, it read like a long, contrived sermon. It was like the worst parody of a Platonic dialogue:
Langdon: Do you know why the Little Mermaid has red hair, Sophie?
Sophie: I cannot begin to know the answer, Robert. Perhaps you two scholars of high repute, Robert Langdon the Harvard sybologist, and Sir Leigh Teabing, eccentric scholar of Grail lore, can enlighten me.
Langdon: As any educated person knows, Walt Disney made it his life’s quiet work to pass on the secret of the Holy Grail.
Sophie: I still do not understand.
Teabing: He is right, my dear Sophie. As we have made painfully clear, the true meaning of the Holy Grail is Mary Magdalene, and our dear mother Mary is well known to have had red hair. Do you remember Da Vinci’s Last Supper?
Sophie: Of course I do.
Teabing: What color is Mary’s hair there?
Sophie: Why, red, of course.
Langdon: And what color hair does the Little Mermaid have.
Sophie: Why, red as well!
Langdon: And now do you know the reason?
Sophie: I think so, but I would be most pleased to hear it from you.
Langdon: Since both Mary Magdalene and the Little Mermaid have red hair, can there be any other reason than that Walt Disney was secretly teaching the secrets of the Holy Grail in a most clandestine and veiled manner?
Teabing: Most secretively.
Sophie: By the dog, Robert, it must be so. I cannot see how I did not understand it before! The nasty and nefarious Church with its sinister and bad Vatican plots must have blinded me to the truth until now. But now that you have said it, I feel that this must be the reason. It feels so much better to suppose that there is this connection instead of engaging in tiresome and boring thinking.
Teabing: My dear Langdon, I believe that our dear Sophie has become as enlightened as we are. Anyone who does not want to be ridiculed by us and our superior ideas will also have to agree.
Langdon: By the dog, my dear Sir Leigh, it must be so.