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Monday, May 30, 2005

The Da Vinci Code

Good news today, or really yesterday, from the NY Times' Best Sellers list. It seems the Da Vinci code has finally begun it's slow decline in sales, after an unprecedented 113 weeks on the list. It's now in 5th place, but it was in one and two for far too long. If you haven't yet read it, it's really not worth it (although it won't take you very long, just support your local library not Dan Brown). It's poorly written, and I gather historically, mathematically, scientifically, and theologically inaccurate (I haven't read the books exploiting this book, because I don't really care). So basically, there is no reason to waste your time on it. Read something good instead (Try Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City).
the thing that really bothers me about the Code isn't it's heavy anti-catholic themes, it's wild conspiracy theories, or it's inaccuracy, though. It's the fact that the writing is so bad. The idea that tripe can spend more than two years as the number one book in America is sickening in it's indication of low level of literacy in the united states, and in the low regard for good books. Why is it that so called "good literature" is never the same as popular literature? Are we snobs who are out of touch with America or is there something wrong with the public? I'd like to think it's them.

Update, according to the NYT website, which has next week's (June 5) list, the Da Vinci Code is in 6th place.


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