|Plot Summary of The Da Vinci Code |
|"A very mysterious death takes place in the Louvre. A curator apparently is murdered, but in the few minutes available to him before he actually succumbs to his death, he manages to make certain arrangements which provide clues as to his murderer(s) - by positioning himself a certain way and scribbling puzzling words. A renowned academic is summoned to the Louvre to make sense of the crime scene, but soon finds himself framed for the murder. Joined by a French government employee who is revaled to have a relationship to the victim, he starts a suspenseful flight from the authorities, moving from various locations of France to England and beyond. All the time he tries to make sense of a puzzle, which is something of universal significance to religion and humanity in general."
Anthie Zachariadou, Resident Scholar
|"The main character, Robert Langdon, becomes involved in finding the killer of the famous curator of the Louvre, Jacques Sauriere. In the process, he learns the killers motive to find the location of the eminent Holy Grail that he too seeks to find. The detective seeks the location of the Holy Grail to answer questions about its significance and meaning while he helps his accomplice and the granddaughter of the curator, Sophie Nevew, find the truth about her family."
Natalie Soszyn, Resident Scholar
|"Harvard Professor Robert Langdon, after his experience with the Vatican in "Angels and Demons", returns to solve the murder of a prominent curator at Le Louvre. Summoned there by the French police, he runs into his eventual love interest, a hostile police force, and an extremely weird arrangement of the dead curator's body, which astonishingly was performed by the curator himself."
Eugene Kim, Resident Scholar
|"The DaVinci Code is about the murder of a museum curator. The protagonist is called to the scene to unravel the mystery. A chain of events ensues, with the protagonist and the murdered man's granddaughter piecing together the reasons behind the homicide. The reason behind the murder turns out to be a guarded religious secret that has been closely guarded for centuries. Revealing it may bring unwanted deaths, as the protagonist finds out."
Laura Fong, Resident Scholar
|"The book opens at the scene of a murder, where the curator of the Lourve Museum in France is found dead. His body is positioned to resemble the DaVince Man. It is later discovered that the victim, in his last moments of life, positioned himself that manner and left several clues for the investigators.
The "hero" in the story is an American college professor, well known for his study of religious icons and artifacts. He is summoned to the scene to help with the investigation. He was in Paris for a convention and was supposed to have met with the victim earlier that evening but the plans were cancelled.
The antagonist, the local police chief is somewhat put off by his "intrusion." Since the hero is the first to arrive at the scene, he immediately is tagged as a suspect. There are, however, other things that come in the investigation that would lead one to believe that he could be the murderer, though we the reader knows differently. The hero is quickly detained, but he escapes with the help of one of the detectives, who believes his alibi.
monn_a, Resident Scholar
|"Robert Langdon, famous Harvard historian, is in Paris, giving a lecture. He has an appointment with a Louvre curator who doesn't show up, and later that night finds out that the curator has been murdered.
He finds himself accused of the murder and teams up with French cryptologist Sophie Neveu. They find out that the late curator was a high ranking member of the Priory of Sion, a secret society protecting an ancient relic, hidden for centuries.
The two refugees have two tasks at hand: they have to run from the police, and simultaneously solve the puzzles leading to the Priory's secret to keep it from being lost forever."
Turid Mevold, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Da Vinci Code |
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Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 30%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
- present (2000-2010)
Murder of certain profession?
- museum nerd
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- searching for $$$/treasure
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How much violence does he/she use?
- a little
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Genius (really!)
- average physique
Motive of antagonist
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- physically sick
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
How many deaths?
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog