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The Dante Club: A Novel by Matthew Pearl

The Dante Club: A Novel (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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Couldn't get past the first chapter. ( )
  sraelling | Jun 4, 2017 |
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 | May 26, 2017 |
As seems to be happening with bookclub books, I mostly power read this in two days. It was a long slog for about 100 pages when it finally started to develop into a plotline but I never really connected with it. The famous characters became a bit of a jumble to me and I never quite sorted out all the twists and turns. Despite the fact that I thought it needed more editing, it was often too terse and pieces did not connect well with each other. There was no big AhA moment when the murderer was revealed and precious few clues along the way. I seem to recall having similar feelings about The Poe Shadow. A good and interesting idea but not as well executed as I would have liked.
  amyem58 | Mar 21, 2017 |
An intelligent mix of history and mystery. The plot is imaginative yet plausible and the clues to the identity of the killer are deftly woven into the storyline. Dante's work and the real life characters are grounded in fact and treated with respect. This is a truly excellent read. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
Boston, 1865. The Civil War is over and it is a different era. First a high court justice, then a minister and next a member of the upper class with ties to the Harvard Corporation are found murdered in grisly fashions. The police have no idea or clues as to who is the murderer or where to look for them.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, James Russell Lowell and James Taylor Fields; elite members of America's first Dante scholars. They are currently working on the first American translation of Dante's Divine Comedy from Italian to English. As they learn about each murder they find that each resembles a punishment that Dante observes in his journey through Hell. The timing of the murders coincide with the sections they are translating. Is the murderer someone from the ranks of academia? Why are these people being murdered? Will these murders force the Dante Club to stop its translating of Dante?

Written with great detail of the period in not only scenes but also manners and life style of the upper class and lower classes. A window into an earlier time.

At times it seems a bit slow, but then you find yourself reading more and more. You want to know what comes next. Not a fluff or beach read, but a solid novel. ( )
  ChazziFrazz | Jun 23, 2016 |
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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 Boston, an elite group of American Dante scholars, including Oliver Wendell Holmes and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, is called upon to solve a series of murders inspired by scenes in Dante's "Inferno."

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