Don?t try to crack the DaVinci Code until you?ve read this book.
If you like cracking codes , Umberto Echo?s, Foucault?s Pendulum will have you deeply engrossed in the many plots and sub plots of this exciting intellectual thriller. He mocks the folly of scholarly cleverness, as in the invention of the atom bomb for example, whilst demonstrating a sharp intellect. The story is told through Casaubon, a young scholar who has just completed his doctorate thesis on The Knights Templar. The pendulum provides the framework of the novel at the beginning and the end. Within the narrative the characters and motivations of his fellow editors are revealed as together they invent the ?Grand Plan? from fragments of diverse references spanning six centuries. The narrative covers the years from his graduation through to his early thirties as he continues to pursue his obsession with The Templars in his travels to Brazil, their romantic relationships and unfolding lives. Connections as unrelated as Minnie Mouse, the Paris sewers, The Comte d?Saint Germain, the telluric currents, The Rosicrusians, the Holy Grail without loosing the thread and logic of the storylines. The Cabala creates the structure and the logic on which the plot hangs, starting at Keter and progressing down through the Tree of Life to the earthly kingdom of Malkhut, manifestation, and each of the chapters reflects the characteristics of the various Sefirot. At the end of Chapter 65 and the beginning of Chapter 66, one paragraph and a prologue suggests the entire plot for Dan Brown?s De Vinci Code. The depths and ideas, humour and irony in this book is infinitely more satisfying. This is an extremely well plotted, intriguing read which culminates in a dramatic and unpredictable end. This book is absolutely brilliant and should have been an international best seller.