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The Da Vinci Code: A Novel

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Reading Group Guide

1. As a symbologist, Robert Langdon has a wealth of academic knowledge that helps him view the world in a unique way. Now that youve read The Da Vinci Code, are there any aspects of life/history/faith that you are seeing in a different light?

2. Langdon and Teabing disagree as to whether the Sangreal documents should be released to the world. If you were the Grand Master of the Priory of Sion, would you release the documents? If so, what do you think their effect would be?

3. What observations does this novel make about our past? How do these ideas relate to our future?

4. Other than his fear of being framed for murder, what motivates Langdon to follow this perilous quest? Do his motivations change?

5. The novels “quest” involves numerous puzzles and codes. Did you enjoy trying to solve these puzzles along with the characters? Did you solve any of the puzzles before the characters did?

6. If you could spend a day in any of the places described in this novel, where would it be, and why? The Louvre? Westminster Abbey? Rosslyn Chapel? The Temple Church? Somewhere else?

7. Historian Leigh Teabing claims the founding fathers of Christianity hijacked the good name of Jesus for political reasons. Do you agree? Does the historical evidence support Teabings claim?

8. Has this book changed your ideas about faith, religion, or history in any way?

9. Would you rather live in a world without religion…or a world without science?

10. Saunière placed a lot of confidence in Langdon. Was this confidence well-placed? What other options might Saunière have had? Did Saunière make the right decision separating Sophie from the rest of her family?

11. Do you imagine Langdon should forgive Teabing for his misguided actions? On the other hand, do you think Teabing should forgive Langdon for refusing to release the Sangreal documents?

12. Does the world have a right to know all aspects of its history, or can an argument be made for keeping certain information secret?

13. What is interesting about the way this story is told? How are the episodes of the novel arranged and linked? In your discussion, you might want to identify where the turning points in the action are where those moments are after which everything is different. Did you anticipate them?

14. What is the novel's theme? What central message or idea links all the other components of the novel together?

15. For most people, the word “God” feels holy, while the word “Goddess” feels mythical. What are your thoughts on this? Do you imagine those perceptions will ever change?

16. Will you look at the artwork of Da Vinci any differently now that you know more about his “secret life?”

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emmejo, August 10, 2009 (view all comments by emmejo)
Robert Langdon, a Havard professor doing a lecture tour, is woken in the middle of the night by the police. The curator of the Louvre has been murdered the night that Langdon was suppose to meet him. The police suspect Langdon, but he is innocent. Helped by Sophie Neveu, a cryptologist, he tries to solve the murder and clear his name.

I had been meaning to read this book for a long time, so when I saw it at a book sale this past spring I bought it. It was one of the heaviest books I got, so it was in the bottom of the bag of books I bought and I only just got around to reading it a few days ago.

It was really good! The writing was clever and I loved the interesting puzzles and riddles. The characters were interesting and felt quite real. I recommend the movie too if you liked this book!
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brunettegal418, December 30, 2007 (view all comments by brunettegal418)
This book is truly a work of magic. I could not put the book down for the life of me as the storyline pulled me into the secret world of Paris and London as riddles and puzzles enveloped me deeper into the plot. Not only does Dan Brown write almost as smart as Leonardo Da Vinci, but he also creates a realistic world of secret societies that makes the reader truly wonder about some of our history. Everyone who wants to read a truly fascinating novel should dive into this masterpiece by genius Mr. Brown.
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Jena, October 3, 2007 (view all comments by Jena)
I do not understand why people liked this book so much. It's predictable, the writing style is nothing special, and the puzzles that should have been fun for the reader weren't.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385504201
Publisher:
Doubleday Books
Location:
New York
Author:
Brown, Dan
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Leonardo
Subject:
Cryptographers.
Subject:
Grail
Subject:
Art museum curators.
Subject:
Secret societies
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
no. 00-04
Publication Date:
March 2003
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9.42x6.58x1.28 in. 1.69 lbs.

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Product details 464 pages Doubleday Books - English 9780385504201 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] gleefully erudite suspense novel....Not since the advent of Harry Potter has an author so flagrantly delighted in leading readers on a breathless chase and coaxing them through hoops."
"Review" by , "[A]n exhaustively researched page-turner....Brown has assembled a whopper of a plot that will please both conspiracy buffs and thriller addicts."
"Review" by , "[A]n ingenious mixture of paranoid thriller, art history lesson, chase story, religious symbology lecture and anti-clerical screed, and it's the most fun you can have between the sort of covers that aren't 300-count Egyptian cotton....[A] hugely entertaining book."
"Review" by , "Brown solidifies his reputation as one of the most skilled thriller writers on the planet with his best book yet, a compelling blend of history and page-turning suspense."
"Review" by , "The Da Vinci Code mixes page-turning suspense with art history, architecture and religious history."
"Review" by , "By pulp thriller standards, Code is brainy stuff....[I]t ain't Clive Cussler. But it's not Umberto Eco, either...a straightforward, code-cracking mystery quest for the Sunday Jumble set. (Grade: B)"
"Review" by , "Brown keeps the pace fast, the puzzles that lead to the Grail are exceedingly clever, and there is a flurry of surprises and betrayals before the mystery is finally solved."
"Review" by , "Despite being hampered by clunky flashback sequences and place descriptions that read like tourist brochures, the story is full of brain-teasing puzzles and fascinating insights into religious history and art."
"Review" by , "[A] dazzling performance...a delightful display of erudition....Brown delivers a crackling, intricate mystery, complete with breathtaking escapes and several stunning surprises. It's challenging, exciting, and a whole lot more."
"Review" by , "Dan Brown has to be one of the best, smartest, and most accomplished writers in the country. The Da Vinci Code is many notches above the intelligent thriller; this is pure genius."
"Review" by , "Intrigue and menace mingle in one of the finest mysteries I?ve ever read. An amazing tale with enigma piled on secrets stacked on riddles."
"Review" by , "Dan Brown is my new must-read. The Da Vinci Code is fascinating and absorbing — perfect for history buffs, conspiracy nuts, puzzle lovers or anyone who appreciates a great, riveting story. I loved this book."
"Review" by , "The Da Vinci Code sets the hook-of-all-hooks, and takes off down a road that is as eye-opening as it is page-turning. You simply cannot put this book down. Thriller readers everywhere will soon realize Dan Brown is a master."
"Review" by , "I would never have believed that this is my kind of thriller, but I'm going to tell you something — the more I read, the more I had to read. In The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown has built a world that is rich in fascinating detail, and I could not get enough of it. Mr. Brown, I am your fan." Robert Crais, New York Times bestselling author of Hostage
"Synopsis" by , In an exhilarating blend of scholarly intelligence, relentless adventure, and cutting wit, Robert Langdon (first introduced in Angels & Demons) and his new adventure combines the punch of Robert Ludlum, the intriguing historical touch of Umberto Eco, and the nonstop suspense of Michael Crichton.
"Synopsis" by , While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum. Near the body, police have found a baffling cipher. While working to solve the enigmatic riddle, Langdon is stunned to discover it leads to a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci — clues visible for all to see — yet ingeniously disguised by the painter. Langdon joins forces with a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, and learns the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion — an actual secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci, among others.

In a breathless race through Paris, London, and beyond, Langdon and Neveu match wits with a faceless powerbroker who seems to anticipate their every move. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle in time, the Priory's ancient secret — and an explosive historical truth — will be lost forever. The Da Vinci Code heralds the arrival of a new breed of lightning-paced, intelligent thriller — utterly unpredictable right up to its stunning conclusion.

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