de-Coding Da Vinci: The Facts Behind the Fiction of the Da Vinci Code Paperback – Apr 1 2004
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I struggled to finish this trite novel and I now wish I had spent my time more wisely.
This book offers a good, understandable introduction to the issues, and lays out how silly Brown's misreadings of Leonardo's art and his life are. We hardly know anything at all about Leonardo's (...)life, contrary to what one reviewer and Mr. Brown assert - read any of the biographies, and you find a mention of the youthful sodomy charge, as you do in this book, and then...that is all that is known. There is absolutely no basis on which to assert, as Brown does, that Leonardo was a "flamboyant (...)." It would not matter if he was, but as Ms. Welborn makes clear, there is no reason to accept Mr. Brown as an expert on art (or religious history) when he can't get these simple, well-known facts straight.
To be blunt, I don't think the author could have been more condescending in her tone. Honestly, it was like she was talking like a 4 year old. Telling us what we should be thinking/doing along with the "How can you argue with that. You can't.". Well thanks for telling me what I can and can not think. It seems that chapter after chapter is just littered with "I told you so's" and "Oh, that's cute, you actually belive that?". The worst part is that she feels that some of her arguements are airtight and then asks the reader if it's even possible to imagine an ulterior motive or another plausible explanation. I want to jump and and down and shout at Amy.
So, here's the scoop. The book does make some good points here and there. And I am not an anti-religious fanatic that believes everything Dan Brown says is the truth (I mean come on, it was a fictional story that tried to throw a "what if" spin on it all), but I actually had to stop reading this book at around page 50 on my first attempt because I was so angry and disappointed.
For instance. She spends and ENTIRE PAGE mocking Dan Brown for calling Leonardo "Leonardo Da Vinci", as if it's the most absurd thing she's ever heard. News flash Amy, that's how he is known. Go up to any shmuck on the street. Ask them if they have ever seen any of Leonardo's Paintings. Ask a completely different set of people if they have seen a painting by "Da Vinci". I bet you, and i'm not a betting man, that you'll get at least twice as many people know Da Vinci and not Leonardo by itself.Read more ›
Ms. Welborn's way of debunking the novel is very childish and vain. For example, the whole tantrum about Leonardo da Vinci's name just being LEONARDO....That NOBODY calls him Da Vinci. (I have news for you, sweetie, everybody that I've ever heard made referance to LEONARDO has called him Da Vinci, even if it's NOT his name. Brown knew this, and used it in the title.)
The whole book seemed to have an "I'm right and you're wrong. You're a big idiot and I can prove it!" feel to it, and I can't stand people like that.
The thing Ms. Welborn needs to understand is that The Da Vinci Code is placed on the fiction shelf of any bookstore. She needs to get over herself, because her arguments weren't beyond a shadow of a doubt themselves, and perhaps read the book again (I think she misunderstood a few things said in the novel,as well) perhaps keeping in mind that the words she is reading never claimed to be true, or gospel, just good, old fashioned fun.
I didn't hear this much complaining when The Shroud by John Coyne came out, talking about Jeasus' twin, Judas. Hmmmmmmmmm.
Amy's book is a straightforward look at the nonsense: pointing out interesting facts, such as Brown's not citing any part of the New Testament when making up his "life" of Jesus, or his faulty history when dealing secular matters. (Other folks have been talking about the bad -- even awful -- writing.) The bottom line is, Brown's book doesn't really count as historical fiction, 'cause there's really no history involved -- it's pure fantasy. But it's fantasy with a purpose. So it's no surprise that a few folks are responding to his "argument."
I'll agree at least in part with the reviewer who said, "it's for believers." But there's enough nonsense debunked that even someone not terribly familiar with the Christian faith can figure out that Dan Brown has disfigured it mightily. As for Opus Dei, defending them is not a point of Amy's book, but let's face it, Brown's novel could be re-entitled "Protocols of the Elders of Opus Dei." Could you imagine a novel making the best-seller list today if the target were Jews and not Catholics?
Amy's book is short and to the point. And the point is, all but the most wacko scholars today won't go so far as Brown has in "re-imagining" Christianity; nearly all responsible scholars, Catholic or Protestant, would reject his ideas as nonsense.
Be sure to check out her blog: [...]
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There are a lot of good points in this book, unfortunately, the author does not remain very objective and takes every chance that she can to slam Dan Brown. Read morePublished on March 2 2005 by Andrew Pitt
anti-catholic? historically wrong? ... as much as we want to think we know everything. WE DON'T. We are always uncovering new facts in history, correcting our mistakes. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2005 by futboler
Unlike "DaVinci's Code", this book is coherent, interesting, and well-reseaarched. The only mystery in "DaVinci's Code" is how so many can be so gullible!Published on Dec 18 2004 by Kathleen Chabot
Yeah, both views are interessant but people seems to take Dan Burstein's book too seriously. That's a novel not a bible... Read more
Mrs. Welborn has written an excellent rebuttal to 'The Da Vinci Code'. The novel itself was rather bad and despite its proclamation to be factual, was anything but -- consequently,... Read morePublished on June 27 2004 by Christopher Blosser
Ms. Welborn used her facts loosely making assertions that were only one interpretation of the facts. Read morePublished on June 19 2004
I read DA VINCI at the urging of a friend at work, and was familiar enough with history to recognize it for the outrageous fraud that it is, but I was most pleased to pick up... Read morePublished on June 18 2004 by R. M Connors
The reviewer from Huntsville evidently skipped the portions of this book in which Welborn clearly explains why she wrote her book. Read morePublished on June 17 2004
Good stuff here. I got a good education in early Christian history, filling in points no one ever bothered to mention in church, and for sure that Dan Brown got way wrong in his... Read morePublished on June 15 2004
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