Dan Brown: Yay or Nay

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  1. CorbanGW

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    I was researching in my local public library and i saw the book "The Lost Symbol" by Dan Brown. I noticed it had a story line that involved Freemasonry. I am not yet an Ea but will be in the coming weeks. Would it be okay if i were to check this book out and read or should i wait? Thanks for answering
     
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  2. Warrior1256

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    Go ahead and read it, it's a great book. But.....keep in mind that it is only a work of fiction! Almost nothing in it is a true representation of real Masonry.
     
  3. Bloke

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    I'd wait... you'll not be able to tell truth from fancy.... but I did like the book and I think it's pro-freemasonry, but there was a description in it of activities of no lodge I've attended ....

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  4. dfreybur

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    It is a nice book of fiction but the events have almost nothing to do with how lodges function. Read it for entertainment with that in mind.
     
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  5. Warrior1256

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    Yeah, it really is a great book.
     
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    I'm in the minority. I thought it was a terrible book. Not only is the Masonic stuff mostly nonsense, but I got to the end and thought "really? That's it? All of that for this ending?"

    I read that he was way past his "deadline" for submitting the finished book to his publisher. I think he just didn't know how to end it, and finally just plugged something in.

    It's the only "Masonic" book I've ever given away after I read it rather than keeping it in my personal library.
     
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    No, Holy Blood Holy Grail was one of the sources that inspired he Da Vinci Code, so it would be Holy Blood Holy Grail that James is referring to...
     
  11. Elexir

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    Yes?

    Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln was the three authors of
    Michael can also be found as the author of this book.
    Its not any diffrent book and its still the inspiration for Da Vinci Code and not the lost symbol.
     
  12. JamestheJust

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    Baigent and Co made several TV documentaries on the subject as well as several books.

    There is more to be learned than found by Baigent and Co. I used HBHG as a tour guide to France and found additional sites that were not included.

    And I have read that having labored for 30 years on Parsifal, Wagner finished it immediately after visiting Rennes-le-Chateau.
     
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    I completely agree that the ending was hugely disappointing (although, any more spectacular ending would've been so fanciful as to probably also draw our disapproval), but I didn't think the Masonic stuff was necessarily nonsense. Some of it was. Some of the ritual was in there (which I didn't appreciate, and for which reason the OP might want to steer clear). But what really impressed me was how much of the deeper, esoteric concepts were captured. The first time I read it, was a pretty decent ritualist and amateur Masonic historian, and I thought it was cute, but little else. The second time, several years later, after I had really learned more about the esoteric aspects of Masonry, particularly in regards to Gnosticism and Hermeticism, I was blown away but some of the tie-ins that were made. I honestly question whether they were done intentionally or not. On the one hand, for them to come about by accident would be a pretty remarkable coincidence. On the other hand, Dan Brown doesn't strike me as the type to have those kinds of interests or that deep of an understanding of them. I'm not really sure, but I was impressed; far more so than with the actual story itself.
     
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  14. Warrior1256

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    Same here.
     
  15. dfreybur

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    To me it's terrible compared to his other books but that establishes a very high bar.

    I'm currently going through Origin. When my wife and I do road trips we play a book on audio so it can take many months to go through a book. That's our current one. Vaguely half way through at this point.
     

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