A great novel can be defined in the following words:
Whatever may be the content it needs an unusual theme with vivid description of characters and events via a narration that keeps reader interest althrough.
Or simply mention the name of “The Da Vinci Code”, a book having all the attributes of a great novel. In fact, it is the dream product for any novelist aspiring for greatness.
The novel is big enough to make it difficult to complete in one stretch but interesting enough to make it difficult to leave in the middle. All events are covered with even minute details and yet no single information can be considered redundant. The novel describes the travails of Robert Langdon (Professor of Religious Symbology, Harvard University) and Sophie Neven (French Cryptologist), after being chosen by a cult (Priory of Scion) to unravel an ingenious code hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci, the famous painter. The readers follow, visualize, feel and experience the events of the novel with the effects far superior to the 4-D movies of the Universal Studios, Orlando. Though the events proceed on the lines desired by the author, the logic is brilliant and suspense nerve breaking. The story begins well, proceeds well and concludes well. And all is well that ends well!
The presentation suggests historic evidence and if taken as history the novel is likely to raise a few eyebrows for the controversial theme. In classical Telugu literature, accusation through poems was common and the persons at the receiving end were none other than the kings. However, they used to honor those poets for sheer beauty of the literary content while swallowing the blame with dignity. Da Vinci Code deserves such response from all the readers, who are the kings in the present modern world of democratic principles. Those who are offended may say ‘all hail’ and the rest ‘hats off’ to Dan Brown, the author of “The Da Vinci Code”.
Appreciation is all that one can give to this great work!