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The Dante Club (edition 2003)

by Matthew Pearl

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Member:bgottry
Title:The Dante Club
Authors:Matthew Pearl
Info:Wheeler Publishing (2003), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 615 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
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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 |
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 | Jun 1, 2016 |
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 |
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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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