The Da Vinci Code By pulp thriller standards, Code is brainy stuff: The standard car chases and intrigues are leavened with Crichtonesque discursions on medieval iconography, the formation of… The Da Vinci Code By pulp thriller standards, Code is brainy stuff: The standard car chases and intrigues are leavened with Crichtonesque discursions on medieval iconography, the formation of… 2003-03-18 Fiction
Book Review

THE DA VINCI CODE (2003)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Mar 18, 2003; Writer: Dan Brown; Genre: Fiction

By pulp thriller standards, Code is brainy stuff: The standard car chases and intrigues are leavened with Crichtonesque discursions on medieval iconography, the formation of the early Christian church, and history's suppression of the ''sacred feminine.'' In other words, it ain't Clive Cussler. But it's not Umberto Eco, either: The story is a straightforward, code-cracking mystery quest for the Sunday Jumble set. Brown's recurring protag, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, is wrongly implicated in the murder of a Louvre curator, who leaves his colleague a cryptic message pointing to an ancient secret that could rattle the Catholic Church to its foundations. The cliches click pleasantly into place, like the tumblers of an old, easy-to-pick lock.

Originally posted Mar 28, 2003 Published in issue #702 Mar 28, 2003 Order article reprints
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