Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Chapter 26

Brown points out the fact that most posters of the Mona Lisa are bigger than the original. There are all sorts of potential byways down which we could take this, pondering the nature of reproduction, of images, of simulacra, of visual shorthand. Brown does ponder why this small, brown daub is the most famous painting in the world, but his explanation ("Quite simply, the Mona Lisa was famous because Leonardo da Vinci claimed she was his finest accomplishment.") doesn't quite ring true. If we knew which of their works were the favourites of Dickens or Bach, would that stop the arguments.

Clearly, we back in Langdon-as-teacher mode. Maybe it was a bit of a stretch for some readers to imagine themselves as Harvard students, even bizarrely dumb ones, so Brown really shows us how he thinks of us - doing time in the Essex County Penitentiary.

Incidentally, in the real world, there doesn't seem to be such as thing as "Amon condoms". But then, in the real world, don't the French call the Mona Lisa "La Joconde" rather than "La Jaconde"?

And we end, naturally, with a cliff-hanger. What do we think the six purple words across that enigmatic face might be?

a) An albino monk just shot me;


b) Some lame anagram, possibly relating to the name of a painting?


Blogger Joel said...

Jacques Sauniere Woz 'Ere (Not Kilroy)

Ow Ow Ow Ow Ow Ow

The holy grail can be found... (pen veers off downwards)

Also still available: Angels and Demons

Always thought that this was rubbish

Idea for musical: Life of Marillion

Create Your Own Dan Brown Novel

10:53 am  
Blogger Billy said...

I'm sure Amon condoms will be made soon, maybe as a tie-in to the film.

11:05 am  
Blogger Spinsterella said...

He's really not very good at dialogue, is he? They've been all my most cringey moments so far.

Anyhow, when I went to read Ch 26 the other night I somehow ended up reading about five chapters. I just couldn't stop...That never happens with Pynchon, I tell ya.

7:45 pm  
Blogger Joel said...

Well, who really wants to read only two pages before you go to bed? There's more text on the toothpaste tube.

10:08 pm  
Blogger Spinsterella said...

Ha - that's true.

And when you've been working all day and you're tired and you really can't be arsed with a proper book...the DVC is perfect!

9:33 pm  
Blogger Tim Footman said...

That's a fabulous tagline for the whole Dan Brown franchise, Spin... "when you really can't be arsed with a proper book..."

9:41 am  
Blogger Annie Rhiannon said...

But then, in the real world, don't the French call the Mona Lisa "La Joconde" rather than "La Jaconde"?

Je ne comprends pas.

4:14 pm  
Blogger Mangonel said...

I'm back! Did you miss me? I've been being arsed with proper books and I'm knackered, I am.

This link was fun - and written, as far as I can tell, by an American. The bit you want is down at the bottom.

2:03 am  

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