le_bebna_kamni: (Monk)
So far just about everything I've found shows that The Da Vinci Code is pretty historically inaccurate and shouldn't be accepted for anything more than an interesting modern rewrite of old myths. Here are two out of the many books published rebutting The Da Vinci Code and how they stack up:

Book #21: The Real History Behind the Da Vinci Code, by Sharan Newman
Truth Doesn't Have to Be Exciting )

Book #22: The Da Vinci Hoax: Exposing the Errors in the Da Vinci Code, by Carl E. Olson and Sandra Miesel
Who Needs Truth, When You Have Ideology? )

Even though I really didn't like The Da Vinci Hoax, it gave me a much poorer opinion of Dan Brown. At the very beginning of The Da Vinci Code, Brown states that
"FACT: All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals in this novel are accurate".
The statement itself hadn't bothered me, because he only said that the descriptions of these things would be true ‒ and for the most part they are. It reminded me a lot of a cheesy 1950's horror film I saw that essentially claimed everything in it was historical documented fact, except for the parts that were made up. It's an old trick to generate interest: the possibility that something really happened, even though everyone knows it's false. Brown never made any claims in the book that the historical facts regarding the art, architecture, etc. or the analysis of said facts would be accurate ‒ which often comes with the territory of fiction.

But The Da Vinci Hoax quoted Dan Brown in an interview where he essentially said everything in his book was true, except for obviously fictional characters. This is a very different claim from the one made in his book. Either Dan Brown is seriously misled, or he's very academically dishonest. I have certainly lost my respect for Dan Brown, and I think that knowledge impinges on my original enjoyment of his book.
le_bebna_kamni: (samurai)
Book #14: The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown
Some spoilers, if you don't already know the basis for the plot )

I'd like to recommend an article from a very reasonable-sounding Christian in regards to the book, which I highly enjoyed: "Dancing With Da Vinci"


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