Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The Da Vinci Code reviewed

"With a fragmented plot that is less plausible than a Harry Potter movie, it combines the historical seriousness of Monty Python's Life of Brian with the deep emotional characterisation of the Wacky Races"

Martin Kemp, The Guardian, 22/5/06

Yes, but he doesn't say whether he likes it or not.

Actually I think part of my antipathy to Dan Brown and all his works derives from the strong impression that Henry Lincoln's 1974 TV documentary The Priest, the Painter, and the Devil left upon me as a teenager: its tortuous search through hidden symbols and codes seemed astounding. Where I think the bats entered the belfry was in the later incarnations of the story in which we were expected not only to admire such stuff but to actually believe it was true.

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