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October 08, 2005

The Da Vinci Code

Have been so curious about this book for ages.
It is one of those books that I weren't too sure it was worth reading.
I have heard so many varied reviews about it. It has been praised. It has been condemned.
And so I read it.
Just finish it this morning.
I have to say Dan Brown is a very good writer. The book is truly a riveting read. Very thriling. A page turner indeed.
I think we have to read this book with an open mind. As a Catholic, I am not offended by what he wrote. Everyone is free to express themselves but I do feel that there is misrepresentation. The front pages before the story started, it was writen that 'All description of artwork, architecture, documents and secret rituals in this novel is accurate.' This could actually lead people to believing that the story is a true story when in fact it is a book of perhaps some true facts woven cleverly with fiction so gripping and believable. It could be misleading and only further strengthen some people's view that religion is all but a facade. It is amazing how one can twist part of the Biblical stories into such an extreme.
But the book did made me think. And I do agree with the part where he wrote, history is but what powerful men made us believe. I love history at school but sometimes I do wonder if perhaps it is part lies.
The bible is very much a history book. Could it be part lies too? This book made me question my faith! And I realise I am but a mere mortal with little faith.
Now that I have seen one side of the story, I would like to see the other side of the story. Apparently there is a documentary which falsifies claims that were writen by Dan Brown in this book.
I guess at the end of the day, it still boils down to what you truly believe. As for me,I still believe in God and all I pray for is to have greater faith and a simple wish to be a good person with a clear conscience through this very short life here on earth.

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