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ISBN13: 9781400079179
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The following questions are intended to enhance your discussion, spotlight memorable passages, and make your reading experience of The Da Vinci Code even livelier.

1. As a symbologist, Robert Langdon has a wealth of academic knowledge that helps him view the world in a unique way. Now that you've 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 novel's "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 Teabing's 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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Abhishek Tayal, May 21, 2012 (view all comments by Abhishek Tayal)
Nice book
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jalena, June 9, 2010 (view all comments by jalena)
Mystery, suspense, and action on a journey through time and art. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. A religious scandal covered up for centuries has been unveiled. Robert Langdon, a Harvard professor of religious symbology is unwillingly launched into into a quest to discover the truth of the Holy Grail. The Louve museum plays a key role in this intelligent novel. If you are hesitating to read this book because of your religious affiliation, what you should know is that this book is a work of fiction and not being passed off as fact. I would recommend this to anyone who likes books that challenge you to think beyond what you believe you already know. You end this story feeling very attached to every character. From a British scholar who has something to hide to an albino monk who kills for his religious beliefs. If I could, I would give The Da Vinci Code six stars.
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shelldog, January 6, 2010 (view all comments by shelldog)
I know there is a lot of hype about this book...and the movie, which usually would make me pause to vote it best book of the decade. But you have to admit, it is a really good book. It has action, history, romance and was to me a major eye opener to the role of religion in human history. Even if you have seen the movie the book is worth reading.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400079179
Author:
Brown, Dan
Publisher:
Anchor
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Grail
Subject:
Art museum curators.
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Secret societies
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
March 28, 2006
Binding:
Undefined
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
6.88x4.26x1.09 in. .52 lbs.

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Product details 496 pages Anchor - English 9781400079179 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A pulse-quickening, brain-teasing adventure."
"Review" by , "Thriller writing doesn't get any better than this."
"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 , "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 , "[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 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 , "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 , "The Da Vinci Code mixes page-turning suspense with art history, architecture and religious history."
"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."
"Synopsis" by , < b> An ingenious code hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci.< /b> < br> < b> A desperate race through the cathedrals and castles of Europe.< /b> < br> < b> An astonishing truth concealed for centuries . . . unveiled at last.< /b> < br> < br> As millions of readers around the globe have already discovered, < b> The Da Vinci Code< /b> is a reading experience unlike any other. Simultaneously lightning-paced, intelligent, and intricately layered with remarkable research and detail, Dan Brown's novel is a thrilling masterpiece& #8212; from its opening pages to its stunning conclusion.
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