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The Dante Club: A Novel (original 2003; edition 2006)

by Matthew Pearl

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Title:The Dante Club: A Novel
Authors:Matthew Pearl
Info:Ballantine Books (2006), Mass Market Paperback, 464 pages
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This was a very gripping reading. In mid 19th century some scholars and writers of poems were at the task to translate Dante's [25918::Inferno]. At the same time horrible murder cases started in Boston and the police was in the dark. In the end the police wasn't anymore interested to find the true murderer only Nicholas Rey the first African-American policeman didn't let go of these cases. By and by the Dante Club recognise that this cases were related with their translation. Time is running. Everybody seemed a step behind the murderer and more friends and acquaintances looked to be in danger or were victims. ( )
  Ameise1 | Aug 13, 2015 |
[CEDUTO] Una 'pizza' per il cinema, data la caratterizzazione dei personaggi, nonche' il loro numero e le digressioni cosi' inutili. Libro che anche sotto l'ombrellone è noioso. Finito solo per sapere chi era il colpevole, molte pagine sono saltabili senza nulla togliere al pathos. Una versione da 8 pagine, se esistesse, sarebbe di gran lunga sufficente. ( )
  bobparr | Dec 14, 2014 |
I suspect people who normally like criminal mystery will hate this one. I usually find that genre dull (with a few exceptions, Conan Doyle the foremost) but this book was interesting. It is more historical fiction than mystery, and more education than light reading.

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  pan0ramix | Nov 27, 2014 |
This book started out very slowly for me. It did pick up, and I enjoyed the interactions between the poets. I did find the beginning unnecessary-the present day part. It was completely irrelevant in my opinion. This book did cause me to look up biographical information about Longfellow, Lowell, and Holmes. It is an interesting enough read, but I can't overwhelmingly recommend it. ( )
  morandia | Aug 1, 2014 |
I was hesitant at first--it took a few chapters to get into Pearl's style and the era of the novel. Once in, though, I was hooked and eager to keep reading to solve the mystery of who was trying to punish/kill people in true Dantean style. It was also amusing to have all these really famous authors interact.

A worthwhile read that has even given me the motivation to attempt (again) to read The Divine Comedy.... ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
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John Kurtz, the chief of the Boston police, breathed in some of his heft for a better fit between the two chambermaids.
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The proof of poetry was... that it reduced to the essence of a single line the vague philosophy that floated in all men's minds, so as to render it portable and useful, ready to the hand.
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Boston, 1865. A series of murders, all of them inspired by scenes in Dante’s Inferno. Only an elite group of America’s first Dante scholars—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, James Russell Lowell, and J. T. Fields—can solve the mystery. With the police baffled, more lives endangered, and Dante’s literary future at stake, the Dante Club must shed its sheltered literary existence and find the killer.


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In 1865, the preparations of the Dante Club--led by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Oliver Wendell Holmes--to release the first translation of Dante's "The Divine Comedy" are threatened by a series of murders that re-create episodes from "Inferno."

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