Soon I’m going to be taking part in a book study on The Da Vinci Code. I’ve really had no interest in that particular book other than to see what all the fanfare was about. So, I figured that if I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it right. I picked up the precursor to The Da Vinci Code, called Angels and Demons.
Angels and Demons is certainly fast paced. If you are looking for a thrilling page-turner, this book is for you. However, if you’re looking for some deep characterization, might I suggest (insert here)? Yes, that was sarcasm. It’s not that I didn’t like the book, because I did. I just didn’t care about the book, and for me, that is a fundamental difference. I read it simply to see what happened next, not because I really felt a personal investment for the characters within the story. In other words, this is what’s called a plot-driven novel. The characters are there to drive the plot forward.
There were really interesting twists and turns. There were very cool exotic locations. There were fascinating scientific and theological lectures. And the suspense was executed rather masterfully.
On the other hand, I have absolutely no idea what to believe in this book. Most of it takes place within the most secret portions of Vatican City. So, as you can imagine, certainly liberties had to have been taken. Moreover, Dan Brown gives us a pseudo-history lesson on historical figures that may or may not be true! I have no idea if Galileo founded a secret society of scientists! I have no idea if there exists a super-science organization located in Europe! I have no idea if the Catholic Church is guilty of half of what he writes they are. Yes, I know the book is fiction, but c’mon, when the guy tells you its all fact before you start reading, it messes with your head! Curse you, Dan Brown! I didn’t mean that.
All in all, this book was fun to read. I don’t know if I learned anything from it from a moral, creative, or intellectual standpoint, but I did enjoy it. I’m hoping that The Da Vinci Code is a bit more reliable.