I may as well admit it: At one point I, too, bought “The da Vinci Code” hoping for some nights’ entertainment. I managed to read all of 10 (ten) pages of it and it has been bothering my bookshelves ever since. I turned my attention to Agatha Christie’s – yes, Agatha Christie – “The Big Four” instead.
“The Big Four” is a completely improbable, but highly entertaining tale of four shady characters – one American, one French, one Chinese and the really mysterious and scary “Number Four” – and their quest for World Domination. And it speaks volumes about English xenophobia.
But back to “da Vinci”: Hating the book is a sign of Good Taste but in this post, Juan Cole suggests that “da Vinci” a) does in fact tell us something about the conflicts in modern societies and b) seems to have a surprising parallel in the Muslim world.
Cole’s post is hereby recommended.