‘The Da Vinci Code’ is a mystery fiction thriller written by Dan Brown in 2003. The novel has received worldwide acclamation and is no less than a masterpiece. The theme of the novel is a conquest for the protagonists; Robert Langdon, who is a professor of religious symbology at Harvard University, and Sophie Neveu who is a police cryptographer in the French police department as they embark on a gripping journey to solve a mystery as old as time; a catholic anecdote; ‘The Holy Grail’.
The novel is set mainly in Paris, but it revolves to cities like London, New York and Scotland. The plot structure is dynamic; the story transitions from the present to a flashback subtly and then back again, the transitions are smooth and accurate. Each character of the novel possesses their own atmosphere. Apart from Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu, we have Captain Bezu Fache, head of the investigation of the murder of renowned curator of the Louvre Museum, Paris, Mr. Jacques Saunière. Saunière also happens to be the grandmaster of an inconspicuous sect, ‘Priory of Sion’, charged with protecting the “greatest possession of Christ”. The main antagonist is the Albino monk Silas driven by his anguish towards the priory and his determination to locate the ultimate secret. The catalyst and whom I refer to be ‘brown’s masterstroke’ in the novel is Sir Leigh Teabing, who is an expert in the field of the Holy Grail, the legend of which is heavily connected to the priory.
The power of the novel lies in the research behind it. The novel is packed with a plethora of facts combined beautifully with fiction and the essence of it is what makes the novel jaw-dropping and very hard to leave. Every geographical location described in the novel is accurate and gives the reader a glimpse of what it would look like in real life. The paintings of Da Vinci and the history behind it is intriguing. The art of cryptography and the knowledge of symbols grips us. The novel is partly devoted to Christian rituals and mythology and the history behind the Holy Grail; it opens up infinitesimal dimensions of thought and simply makes the reader ponder upon it.
The novel has several breath-taking moments. It leaves an intense impact on the reader whilst providing avenues for further thought and is definitely worth a read.