Wednesday, August 23

do I need to read this book?

It starts like this:
Renowed curator Jaques Sauniere staggered through the vaulted archway of the museum's Grand Gallery. He lunged for the nearest painting he could see, a Caravaggio. Grabbing the gilded frame, the seventy-six-year old man heaved the masterpiece toward himself until it tore from the wall and Sauniere collapsed backward in a heap beneath the canvas.
As he anticipated, a thundering gate fell nearby ...

Do I?
Come on, there is a movie - would be so much easier, one and a half hour and all is sucked in.
Do you know the book I'm talking about? If you do, tell me about it.

OK, I give you a hint - the book has nothing to do with Michelangelo. Can you guess it now?


Cynnie said...

the book was okay..but it fell apart at the end..( most books do..don't they?)

Cynnie said...

oh..and the movie sucked!..thats an hour and a half of your life you'll never get back

_z. said...

I totally agree with cynnie. the movie was total crap! lousy acting, lousy cinematography and very bad music.

The book on the other hand I found interesting. A bit clichet, but very entertaining for sure.

a few things don't hold up towards the end, but I can imagine his brain was just tired and just wanted to end the book.

Do not watch the movie though!

Mirvat said...

i didn't see the movie, the book was intersting at the beginning. straight after the intro it loses all excitement tied with history, then it turns into a pleasant thriller, this even falls apart later on as the tone of the events gets tedious..
still interesting read.
a more serious book by the scholar Thomas Keightley, "secret societies of the middle ages, the assassins, the templars and the secret tribunals of westphalia"

Zee said...

Ok Cynnie, _Z and Mirvat - I will hold back with the movie until I finished the Davinci Code.
Your Thomas Keightley suggestion sounds interesting Mirvat. Maybe that one will be next :)

Ingrid said...

I have not read nore seen the movie so hey, I guessed it was the Da Vinci Code. The 'oh no, we have to 'educate' people how inaccurate it is' book from all those churches and christian groups, that's what I remember the most actually. Never mind that most people knew it was fiction!! sigh..fear and control makes for hyper people..
have fun reading, I was told by hubby and others that it was a pretty suspenseful read..

Gary said...

I refuse in principle to see the movie or read the book - but I'll never stop reading this blog!

Zee said...

"In principle"? What principle ... is it THAT bad?
Well, I will be able to tell you all about it once I got through... write about it on the blog:)
But you'll never know, maybe I loose interest and through it into a dusty corner ...

Cym said...

I haven't read the Da Vinci Code yet, but I'd recommend another book of similar theme called, Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Ecco. It's similar in the sense that its story involves the secret societies of Freemasonry and the Knights templar. I've only read it once, but it's definitely good enough to read again. It was written by the same author who wrote the Name of the Rose - another excellent book which was also made into an a very good movie of the same name, starring Sean Connery.

Segue said...

Frankly, I just couldn't make it past that first page--tooooo boring.

Movie=condensed version of same.

The ONLY interesting part was that from here (seoul), the languages were subtitled in korean--so I got to GUESS the dialog! Now that was fun! (I even had my Japanese friend sitting next to me believing I can speak French, hahaha)

All those relig. fanatics (of all stripes, internationlly) seem to be focusing--shall we say MAGNIFYING?--the irrelevant.

Zee said...

Cym - thanks for the tip, you are always very helpful!
Segueing - I made it to chapter 5 and still haven't made up my mind ... I like the way you comment, by the way!