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Codex 632, by José Rodrigues dos Santos – My review

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From Goodreads:

When Thomas Noronha, a professor of history and an expert cryptographer, is called upon to finish an unresolved investigation involving an aged scholar who is found mysteriously dead in his hotel room, his life takes several unexpected and dramatic turns. As Thomas slowly begins to unravel the cryptograms and enigmas that shroud the old professor’s work, he finds a code that could possibly change the course of historical scholarship:

Moloc Ninundia Omastoos

In his quest to decipher this mysterious code, Thomas travels around the world from Lisbon to Rio, New York, and Jerusalem. He quickly immerses himself in the fascinating history of the discovery of the Americas, and the one enigma that no historian has ever been able to solve: the true identity of Christopher Columbus.

Mesmerizing in the way in which it reinterprets history most have come to regard as fact, “Codex 632” reveals what could be one of the greatest historical misinterpretations of all time.

Product Details (B&N):

  • ISBN-13: 9780061173196
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/11/2009
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)
My opinion:
I’ve read this book some years ago (January 2006 I think), but I decided to post about it because it was written by one of my favorite Portuguese writers. José Rodrigues dos Santos we born in Mozambique and now e lives in Lisbon. He teaches at a university of Lisbon and is a journalist at RTP (the Portuguese public television station). He wrote the book that probably is my favorite romance written by a Portuguese author (The White Angel – literal title translation – which, I think, it’s not translated to english yet, but I’ll post about it another day).
This book, Codex 632, was the first book I read from this author, although it wasn’t his first book.
I’m not going to say it’s an easy book to read. In my opinion there were some boring pages, but I think that in general it’s a good book, especially if you like History. In a kind of journalistic but easily readable and understandable language we get to know some real facts with real documents as a reference.
But soon the story starts to be more and more interesting, and there was a moment I couldn’t stop reading anymore.
Some people compare this book to The Da Vinci Code, and anyone who knows both books can understand why. I’ve read both and while I was readind both of them I tried not to make comparisons because I was afraid it would ruin my reading .
To be honest, and if you ask me, I prefer Codex 632 because of the story that we can find behind the main plot, because of all the riddles  and because of the way it’s written. I love the way José Rodrigues dos Santos writes and I’m sad that during translations we lose the original essence of the the writing.
The puzzles and clues kept me reading and I wanted to turn the pages quickly to find what was going to happen next.
The main character, Thomas, appears in more books after this one, so maybe that’s why now I think I can feel a better “connection” with him: because I know more about him and his adventures.

I recommend this book, it’s really good, and I wish some more of this author’s books will be translated into English soon.

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