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Thursday, July 22, 2004

Templar Time

In the past one year, I have made conscious efforts to read books or watch movies without reading reviews that give out even the basic plotline. As a result, in the past few weeks, I read one after another two books dealing with a similar base.

First I read Umberto Edo's Foucault's Pendulum and the Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code.

And the continuous deja vu was only to be expected.

Both the storylines have been based on the mysterious and fascinating legend of the Knights Templars. And both books were extremely engrossing and un-put-down-able.

If I was asked to pick one, I would rate Eco's book higher because of the sheer depth of research, and the imaginativeness with which the whole story has been weaved together. Brown's book is more of a thriller, with only the basic facts about the Templar lore given. Foucault's Pendulum is like a mini-encyclopaedia of the topic.

I would heartily recommend both books. For those who like thrillers, TDVC and for those whole love reading about history, FP.

p.s - Ramanand, whatever i have learnt about the secrecy surrounding Templars further vindicates the fun we make of your "Freemasons!!" question at the Boat Club. :)