This is a surprise to many people, but the world’s most popular book is not the Bible, nor is it the Qur’an. It is, in fact, a novel called “The Da Vinci Code.” Dan Brown’s novel about a murder mystery set in the world of the Catholic Church has sold over 80 million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling novel of all time.
Why is “The Da Vinci Code” so popular? There are a number of reasons. First, it is a well-written book. It is fast-paced and engaging, and it keeps the reader guessing until the very end. Second, it is a controversial book. It challenges some of the most fundamental beliefs of the Catholic Church, and this has made it a lightning rod for both praise and criticism. Third, the book has been made into a major Hollywood movie, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Ron Howard. This has helped to generate even more interest in the book.
So, what is “The Da Vinci Code” about? The book tells the story of Robert Langdon, a Harvard professor of symbology, who is drawn into a web of intrigue by the death of his friend and mentor, Jacques Saunière. Saunière, the curator of the Louvre Museum in Paris, is murdered in a bizarre fashion, and a mysterious message is left at the crime scene. This message leads Langdon on a quest to solve a series of clues that will, supposedly, lead to a great treasure. Along the way, he is helped (and hindered) by a beautiful cryptologist named Sophie Neveu.
As Langdon and Sophie race to solve the mystery, they uncover a shocking secret: that the Catholic Church is hiding a centuries-old conspiracy that could destroy the very foundations of Christianity.
“The Da Vinci Code” is a book that has something for everyone. It is part murder mystery, part historical thriller, and part religious commentary. Whether you love it or hate it, there is no denying that it is one of the most popular books of all time.