The Da Vinci Code

If there happens to be an award for a literary work, which captivated the readers even after being criticized vehemently for its controversial plot, then The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown wins hands down. This book has managed to be rated one of the most controversial novel of the millennium.


Dan Brown, the 46-year-old famous author was born in New Hampshire, USA to parents who themselves had a literary background. He is a multifaceted personality who had juggled with various careers like songwriting, singing and dabbling as a pianist before hitting the right note with his literary skills. Dan is said to have acquired his fascination for thrillers after reading, The Doomsday Conspiracy by Sidney Sheldon. His first novel, The Digital Fortress hit the stands in 1998 marking the beginning of an era of the Dan Brown phenomenon!


He dived into the world of thrillers with his first novel and since then there had been no looking back for him. The Digital Fortress was a hi-tech thriller, which revolved around two protagonists who race against the time to save the world from destruction. Angels and Demons was released in 2000, which witnessed the introduction of Robert Langdon, the professor of Symbology at Harvard University. The world went gaga over this middle-aged, single, charming, brainy fictitious professor. In 2001, he again created ripples across the fiction lovers with Deception Point that toyed with the blunders done by NASA. The Langdon legacy continued with The Da Vinci Code in 2003 and the most recent The Lost Symbol and has left the Dan Brown fans wanting for more.


In spite of all the Dan Brown books turning out to be best sellers, The Da Vinci Code somehow lingers in my mind afresh. It is the best spiritual thriller to date that kept the reader so engrossed that even a second taken to turn the page shot a gulp of impatience down one’s throat. It delved deeper into the darker side of the vastly believed principles of Christianity and rattled the very base of the Jesus loving community. With its invincible plot line, desperate yet attractive characters and strong historical links it ensured that the reader continued to be hooked on to the hardcover till the last page.


The story revolves around Robert Langdon, Professor of Symbology at Harvard and Sophie Neveu, a cryptographer and a descendent of the royal bloodline. The event kick starts from the murder of the curator of the famous museum, Louvre in Paris who also happens to be the grandfather of Sophie. The old man leaves a trail of secret clues for Sophie to follow with the help of Robert Langdon, starting right from the spot of the murder. The bizarre events weave a web of confusion, deception and danger around the characters.

The novel takes you through a roller coaster ride around the picturesque cities like Paris, London and Edinburgh. It paints the mind of the reader with vivid description of historical churches and museums in the lead pairs hunt for the chalice. Priory of Sion, the ancient secret society and The Opus Dei, the contemporary Catholic body are the two organizations with conflicting principles, which are hell-bent on acquiring  “Holy Grail” and outdo each other.

The Da Vinci Code is strewn all over with codes, anagrams, cryptexes, which have redefined the thriller fiction with a dash of intellectual expertise. The beauty of this novel lies in the parallel narration starting at three different locations around the world involving different characters, which finally converge in the climax to reveal the fate of  ”The Holy Grail”. Love it or hate it but The Da Vinci Code is one novel, which makes sure that no one can ignore it!

B Krithiga