Yep. Makes the dull house wife's life glow.
But a midwestern popularity alone couldn't account for the (50+, was it?) hard back printings it went through. Must be house wifes with dull lives all over the country.
"I rather suspect that most satyr's about
life in suburban villas are written in
suburban villas" - G.K. Chesterton
I picked up Da Vinci Code in an airport 2 years ago, when i had a few hours to kill, deciding to see what all the fuss was about. I didn't buy it mind you, just literally picked it up of the kiosk where it was sitting with 50 other copies, practically screaming out at the walkway "Look at me"! We're talking about a 20 minute or so perusal.
I found the prose so aweful that it would have been comic if it weren't so pathetic. But still, stiff awkward prose can still hide a quality story underneath it. This one is one of those bad modern detective novels - pulp fiction in it's truest sense of the word. it will undoubtedly make for an entertaining Hollywood blockbuster film, like so many other bad novels do by the likes of hacks like John Grisham, Anne Rice, Stephen King et al. Da Vinci Code almost feels as if it were written specifically to be made into a movie, with the narrative reading like the liner notes of a screenplay (I've seen a few) bland directionals and descriptives designed to "set up the scene or psychology of a character" but with no life in it at all. The hero (and I strongly sense some Dan Brown castle-building here) is a renowned Harvard symbologist (of which there is no such thing) possessing of a prodigious literary and historical erudition - of which none is actually demonstrated by Brown in the novel, which makes his hero all the more of an accidentally comic figure, lecturing and pontificating and unravelling mysteries and conspiracies of ages past like an faux high-sounding academic Scooby-Doo episode. Brown doesn't say much, if anything that would convince anyone of any education, that he has the right to cast himself as an elite scholar. But rest assured, Ron Howard will skillfully fill in many of Brown's shortcomings as an author with Hollywood magic in all it's splendour, and sales of the Da Vinci Code will soar again after the film's release.
Oh yeah, and it's full of lies.