The Da Vinci Code
丹·布朗 / Doubleday / 2003-1出版
简介

英文原版引进 

目前它的印数已超过500万册。在上架的第一个礼拜,它就取得了前所未有的成功,在纽约时报的畅销榜上排名第一,在华尔街杂志上名列第一,在出版家周报上名列第一,在旧金山年鉴上也排名第一。自从出版以来,荣登过全美所有主要排行榜的榜首,正被翻译成35种语言。

《达芬奇密码》打破了传统悬念小说的模式,其行文节奏明快,语言富有智慧,情节错落有致,调查资料翔实,刻画细致入微。从小说的精彩开篇到难以预料的令人叫绝的结尾,畅销书作家丹·布朗充分证明自己是个善讲故事的大师。

这是一本博学而充满悬念的小说,场景设定在卢浮宫宏大的厅堂之中。

丹·布朗在小说里描述了一种带有黑色幽默的人生哲学,同时通过小说主人公之口对卢浮宫收藏的经典画作进行了别具一格的点评,对创作这些作品的画家也有非常有意思的介绍。

该书是惊险小说和智力解迷结合的典范之作。

哈佛大学的符号学专家罗伯特·兰登在法国巴黎出差期间的一个午夜接到一个紧急电话,得知卢浮宫博物馆年迈的馆长被人杀害在卢浮宫的博物馆里,人们在他的尸体旁边发现了一个难以捉摸的密码。兰登与法国一位颇有天分的密码破译专家索菲·奈芙,在对一大堆怪异的密码进行整理的过程当中,发现一连串的线索就隐藏在达芬奇的艺术作品当中,深感震惊。这些线索,大家都清楚可见,然而却被画家巧妙地隐藏起来。
  
兰登无意之中非常震惊地发现,已故的博物馆馆长是峋山隐修会(Priory of Sion)的成员——这是一个真实存在的秘密组织,其成员包括艾撒克·牛顿爵士、波提切利、维克多·雨果与达芬奇,这无疑给他们增加了风险。兰登感觉到他们是在找寻一个石破天惊的历史秘密,这是个数世纪以来就证明了的既能给人启迪又很危险的秘密。在这场足迹遍及巴黎以及伦敦的追逐中,兰登与奈芙发现他们在跟一位始终不露面的幕后操纵者斗智斗勇。他们必须解开这个错综复杂的谜团,否则,峋山隐修会掩盖的秘密,那隐藏了多年的令人震惊的古老真相,将永远消逝在历史的尘埃之中。

Amazon.com
With The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown masterfully concocts an intelligent and lucid thriller that marries the gusto of an international murder mystery with a collection of fascinating esoteria culled from 2,000 years of Western history.

A murder in the silent after-hour halls of the Louvre museum reveals a sinister plot to uncover a secret that has been protected by a clandestine society since the days of Christ. The victim is a high-ranking agent of this ancient society who, in the moments before his death, manages to leave gruesome clues at the scene that only his granddaughter, noted cryptographer Sophie Neveu, and Robert Langdon, a famed symbologist, can untangle. The duo become both suspects and detectives searching for not only Neveu's grandfather's murderer but also the stunning secret of the ages he was charged to protect. Mere steps ahead of the authorities and the deadly competition, the mystery leads Neveu and Langdon on a breathless flight through France, England, and history itself. Brown (Angels and Demons) has created a page-turning thriller that also provides an amazing interpretation of Western history. Brown's hero and heroine embark on a lofty and intriguing exploration of some of Western culture's greatest mysteries--from the nature of the Mona Lisa's smile to the secret of the Holy Grail. Though some will quibble with the veracity of Brown's conjectures, therein lies the fun. The Da Vinci Code is an enthralling read that provides rich food for thought.
                        --Jeremy Pugh

From Publishers Weekly
Brown's latest thriller (after Angels and Demons)is an exhaustively researched page-turner about secret religious societies, ancient coverups and savage vengeance. The action kicks off in modern-day Paris with the murder of the Louvre's chief curator, whose body is found laid out in symbolic repose at the foot of the Mona Lisa. Seizing control of the case are Sophie Neveu, a lovely French police cryptologist, and Harvard symbol expert Robert Langdon, reprising his role from Brown's last book. The two find several puzzling codes at the murder scene, all of which form a treasure map to the fabled Holy Grail. As their search moves from France to England, Neveu and Langdon are confounded by two mysterious groups-the legendary Priory of Sion, a nearly 1,000-year-old secret society whose members have included Botticelli and Isaac Newton, and the conservative Catholic organization Opus Dei. Both have their own reasons for wanting to ensure that the Grail isn't found. Brown sometimes ladles out too much religious history at the expense of pacing, and Langdon is a hero in desperate need of more chutzpah. Still, Brown has assembled a whopper of a plot that will please both conspiracy buffs and thriller addicts.

From Library Journal
When Brown regular Robert Langdon is called in to investigate the murder of a curator at the Louvre, he discovers that the body is surrounded by strange ciphers evidently linked to the paintings of Da Vinci-and a powerful relic protected by the Priory, a secret society to which the artist belonged.

From Booklist
In a two-day span, American symbologist Robert Langdon finds himself accused of murdering the curator of the Louvre, on the run through the streets of Paris and London, and teamed up with French cryptologist Sophie Neveu to uncover nothing less than the secret location of the Holy Grail. It appears that a conservative Catholic bishop might be on the verge of destroying the Grail, which includes an alternate history of Christ that could bring down the church. Whoever is ordering the deaths of the Grail's guardians--modern-day members of an ancient society descended from the famed Knights Templar--must be stopped before the treasure is lost forever. To do so, Langdon and Neveu have to solve a series of ciphers and riddles while evading a tireless French police commander and a ruthless albino monk. Despite being hampered by clunky flashback sequences and place descriptions that read like tourist brochures, the story is full of brain-teasing puzzles and fascinating insights into religious history and art. Ultimately, Brown's intricate plot delivers more satisfying twists than a licorice factory.
                           Frank Sennett

Book Dimension
length: (cm)17.8                 width:(cm)11.1

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