OK, so I finally gave in and bought “the #1 worldwide bestseller, now a major motion picture,” Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code
What did I think? Well, I bought it, and I stayed up very late one night to finish it. So by the standards of the book publishing industry, it was a great success.
And I did enjoy it. But when I read “A dark stubble was shrouding his strong jaw and dimpled chin” on page 8, I thought I was in danger of embarking on a romance novel. And there continued to be moments of purple prose. But not to fear! The moments of turgid, faux-academic exposition more than compensated.
Not an unqualified success, but on the whole a good yarn.