Date of Reading: 03/08/2006
Place: New York
Curator Jacques Sauniere, Sophie Nevue's grandfather, is shot dead by an albino named Silas. Before his death he leaves some codes to his grand daughter which she pursues with the help of Robert Langton, an acclaimed historian, who is somehow trapped in the situation. Signs indicate to the position of Holy Grail protected by the Priory of Sion, which was led by the Curator. They seek the help of Leigh Teabing, another historian, who at the end turns out to be the real villain responsible for the murder.
Holy Grail, the book says, is the tomb of Mary Magdelene whom the Priory considered as the wife of Jesus. According to the legend she gave birth to Sarah, after the crucifixion, in France. Priory protects this royal blood line which also include Da Vincci whose pictures give the clues. Sophie is the last in line and her search leads to her grand mother and brother who are supposed to be dead in the car accident that killed her parents.
I should hv started with something else but this is the first entry in my diary and I dont want to change that. As I am a Catholic, you can expect that my opinion is clouded.
Book gives an easy reading taking the format of a detective novel, but it would not hv gained such fame without the contraversy involved. His other novels like The Lost Symbol, Angels and Demons are much much better.
--- Book is better than the movie
Jose Saramago's The Gospel According to Jesus Christ
Nikos Kazantzakis' The Last Temptation
T.H. White's The Once and Future King [for the Holy Grail legend]