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.