Interesting Reading – With An Asterisk

I liked this article on the Davinci Code. Those who might be interested should read it. I liked it because it pointed out many of the inconsistencies and errors in the book, without actually attacking the work of fiction that it is. I know that lots of religious leaders have gotten into an uproar about the book, and to be honest, while it may be somewhat sacrilegious (I haven’t read it yet, so I couldn’t say), it is a work of fiction, and so is allowed to be as sacrilegious as it wants to be. The only reasons I haven’t read it are 1) it only recently came out in paperback, and I refused to pay almost $20 for a hardcover copy of a book I was pretty sure I wouldn’t like, and 2) I don’t like participating in fads/crazes like the one that surrounded this book. (Similarly, I won’t go see the movie, but that’s because I haven’t read the book yet, which is why I never saw any of the LOTR movies in the theater, because it took me a million years to read the books.)

But back to the article. I liked that it pointed out some errors, didn’t seem to be attacking the book itself but rather some of the research that obviously didn’t take place while the author was writing it, and yet didn’t come close to actually discussing the plot of the book, the actual religious significance, or whether or not it was well-written from a literary standpoint. They took a strict (OK, semi-strict) intellectual/scientific approach to some details in the storyline.

In short, it was refreshing. And a lot of the hype around this book (both for and against it) is… not refreshing. It is canned and stale and stereotypical and expected. And thus boring and incapable of keeping my attention. At least the Google Quest that had been running for a while was interesting, because it was smart and required me to think.

Maybe someone has read the book and would like to comment. But I don’t think I actually know anyone who’s read the book. Maybe ? I don’t remember. I think when I read it I’ll have to take the same approach that I did to The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, which I loved, in a strictly fictional sense.

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