Henrietta is a darling. Beautiful, smart, confident and catholic. We were great friends but she had major issues with my book collection.
“Olivia you can’t be reading that book now”, she told me again in that tone you use when your younger brother who’s taller than you misbehaves and you know you can’t do very much to him.
“Ok henrietta why?” I asked
Truthfully I’d gotten similar advice coupled with the fact that that particular title was given to me by a lecturer friend who’s popular for his anti-God rhetoric-yes Dr Eze would’ve enjoyed watching my faith squirm
No, I told Henrietta I wasn’t worried at all.
Every time, afterwards, that I would read a book by Dan Brown, her disapproval would be palpable. Like a third person in the room.
This happens a lot too. Nobody bats an eyelid when you’re reading Dean Koontz or fascinated with Binyavanga Wainaina, but Dan Brown? “He’s the president of the church of satan Olivia and Lost Symbol was the height!” A lady told me
Some people’s reservations on ever reading any book by this author is a lot similar to the Ebola pandemonium that gripped my country early yesterday morning- this rumour had started that if one had a bath with very hot salted water(drinking a portion of the same) then they’ll be immune to the deadly Ebola virus! And so a lot of people, some of whom for medical reasons were on a low salt diet, drank heavily salted hot water and had their bath with same. All before 6 am.
For some strange reason, this sudden discovery/ cure for Ebola was neither questioned nor verified and as a result 2 people reportedly lost their lives in Plateau State to the truly sad experience.
Some people will never read ‘Deception point’ or ‘Digital fortress’ because someone who read or heard about either ‘Angels and demons’ or ‘the davinci code’ concluded that Dan brown’s probably related to the devil.
There are specific Dan Brown trademarks I personally enjoy: ~ the impeccable research ( I remember best friend cum sister Jane ukwajiunor @sweetlunny read The lost symbol accompanied by google and loved the experience)
~the race across European cities
~his fascination with art and artworks
~the darling Robert Langdon- main character- and any ubiquitous beauty he works with (one of whom I think he should marry and be done with it )
Yes, I know that right in the middle, the books start to feel like an encyclopedia, I also know from the beginning that no matter how hairy the task or how deadly the assassin who’s chasing them, Langdon and his female companion conveniently survive but I’m happy that I made these discoveries myself.
People’s decision to read whatever genre of literature really should be theirs
And so the faith I have is validated by my experiences and decisions. It isn’t a lecture and so I’m not necessarily looking for a book to make it better(or worse). It will therefore take more than Dan Brown’s novels to make me lose it. Frankly too I doubt that it will make anyone else lose theirs.
If it helps at all, what is fact or fiction is clearly stated at the beginning of DB’s books. Plus ‘Deception point’ and ‘Digital fortress’ have zero religious content. Those are real interesting books. I’d recommend them to anyone looking to enjoy a story.
Feel free to share your DB experiences in the comments section. I’d love to hear them