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The Dante Club: A Novel by Matthew Pearl

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
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:historical, mystery, war, Boston, Massachusetts, Harvard, serial killer, poetry, Dante, religion, 19th century

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I had hoped to find this mystery about murders based on Dante's Inferno to be enthralling and engrossing, and at times it was, but mostly it wasn't. All the elements are there - horrifying murders, a literary connection, characters based on the greats from nineteenth-century America, and a deep psychological background for the murderer. I found the man eventually revealed as the murderer fascinating, and many of the main and supporting characters are interesting in their own right, but for some reason, I struggled to get through this book. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Apr 30, 2016 |
Good, but slightly long and hard to read ( )
  ShayLRoss | Mar 16, 2016 |
'The Dante Club' - novel, or plot to get people to read Dante's Inferno? Well, both! And quite effective as both, apparently!
I was a bit loath to read this book, because it sounded a little too similar to Arturo Perez-Reverte's 'The Club Dumas'. I can't say that the one does not owe a debt to the other, but I did very much enjoy this book, which is a well-researched, well-written historical mystery of the sort that leaves the reader wanting to do more research to find out more about the characters, the time period and the books mentioned - always a good thing! The plot concerns a group of poets - including the historical figures of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., and James Russell Lowell, who are devoted to, against university bureaucracy, translating Dante and bringing his works to an American audience for the first time. But, when some vicious and bizarre murders of highly-placed society figures occur in Boston, they are the only ones who notice that the men have been killed in ways which correspond to the tortures of hell described in the Inferno. Can they bring this information to the police without throwing suspicion upon themselves and their work? Or can they solve the crimes themselves? ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
So disappointing. This book takes forever to get where it's going- and it's not really all that great once you finally get there. ( )
  lovelypenny | Feb 4, 2016 |
Good characters and plot but a bit wordy when it comes to descriptions for my taste ( )
  WonderlandGrrl | Jan 29, 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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