Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

I finally read it. I know it’s completely uncool that it took me so long. I have to say I really enjoyed it. Even as the plot and the day got increasingly more improbable, I was in it hook, line and sinker. And as an ex-Catholic and feminist, I found the questions and concepts it plumbs very satisfying. I just wonder if its popularity at all means anyone else is questioning the patriarchy that is promulgated in our religions, politics and culture. But it’s dumb of me to think a pulp novel can change anyone’s mind about anything. I think Jon Stewart said it best: “Religion. It's given people hope in a world torn apart by religion.”

2 comments:

nadir said...

oh, the trash novel of the decade. when i finished this one i promptly read all 3 of his other novels. i actually liked angels and demons the best.

and no this will not help anyone form non-normative positions on gender equality as i think it plays more on just the idea of a faceless bureaucracy rather than gendered norms. because whatever space it opened up within the text, it is finally closed at the end by the male protagonist.

jenclair said...

Read it before the hoopla...and enjoyed it. Had read Dan Brown before and am not much impressed with his writing, but I've always been interested in the Knights Templar, codes, secret societies, old manuscripts, and Leonardo -- and don't require much in a fun read. And then the publicity began...