I finally put too many classes with Mazen Asfour to good use (for the acquainted, meant ironically, otherwise, boo hoo hoo).

Technically, this is my first time reading Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code”, but untechnically, I’ve read it before as I’ve previously read enough bits and pieces of it to get the hang of the story. Yes, yes, I know, I should have read it properly two years ago, but it has just gotten “unbanned” in Jordan, so blame the radicals.

Well, beyond technicalities, it’s one hell of a good read.

Although I’m not exactly a fan of detective books, Dan Brown totally caught my love by combining some of my favorite things in the world between two covers- beautiful history, wonderful art, and religious contemplating. It poses some very, very interesting concepts, philosophies, and theories, and for someone as obsessed with relations between the “modern religions” and their relationship with the ancient ones, this book provides an interesting insight.

The plot had too many twists and turns for my liking, but the supporting material was very fascinating- Opus Dei, Bottetcili, the secret Priory of Sion, pagan religions, Magdalene, symbology, feminism, agnosticism, and Leonardo Da Vinci! Gold!

Totally recommended book, especially if you’re interested in art and religion.

Quoted from “The Da Vinci Code”: “History is always written by the winners. When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books-books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe. As Napoleon once said, ‘What is history, but a fable agreed upon?'”