What a waste of time, this book.
Every now and then some celebrity tells some paper (s)he is reading this bland concoction, and I can't help feeling sorry. Please give it up, I feel like shouting. Read Steven Pressfield's Gates of Fire instead, or John McEnroe's Serious!
But of course, I don't shout. Nobody to listen, being the first reason.
Yet this is the work some Christians are greatly upset about, or let me give the emotion its trendy moniker -- their religious sentiments are hurt. (Well, by the film based on the book, though I wonder why it took the film, not the 60-million seller book). This is what has prompted one Nicholas Almeida to offer a Rs 1.1 million bounty on Dan Brown.
As earlier with the film of Kazantzakis's Last Temptation of Christ, as with the film of that superb musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, it is easy to claim offence and decide that everyone else must, perforce, feel it too. Easy to offer bounties. Of course, mediocrity or not, there's such a thing as freedom of expression. Though that clearly means little to Almeida. Because while all that is easy, it's actually harder to understand what freedom of expression truly means.
I know little about Christianity. But when I see behaviour like this, I know these guys, Christians though they claim to be, know even less about it. So for people who think they've got the hotline to JC, here's just one line from the Bible (Matthew 5, 11):
- Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Never fear: this bout of injured religious sentiments gets added to the informal list I began compiling at Four times injured.