The Dante Club
In 1865 Boston, the members of the Dante Club -- poets and Harvard professors Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, and James Russell Lowell, along with publisher J.T. Fields -- are finishing America's first translation of The Divine Comedy and preparing to unveil Dante's remarkable visions to the New World. The powerful Boston Brahmins at Harvard College...more
This is not beach-reading, but instead an intelle...more
The book starts off with the gruesome murder of Judge Healy, probably the most intense beginning to any book I've ever had the pleasure of reading. The reader finds Healy left out in his own back yard,...more
Matthew Pearl writes what is part murder mystery and part historical fiction abou...more
It's a lot like the Da Vinci Code. A pretty good crime novel with some interesting historical and literary info tossed in, but overall you can sort of check out when you're reading it. The historical fiction aspect of it is an interesting twist. And the murder descriptions are grisly enough to give the plot some momentum. I wasn't able to predict th...more
The author tries dropping a lot of heavy name...more
I found this book to be quite interesting and full of incredibly vivid descriptions that I would have called beautiful if the subject matter had been different. As it was, I found myself dreaming about Civil War amputations the night after I finished the book. And yet, I wasn't particularly moved by the story. It felt like it was attempting to be deep ab...more
"John Kurtz, the chief of the Boston police, brea...more
This book has a strong relation with Dante's DIVINA COMEDIA (Divine Comedy).
You don't have to read the Divine Comedy first in order to understand this novel. But if you do already read Divine Comedy, it's very good, because you can have deep understanding about what is DANTE all about.
This novel is about a killer that doing his/her (...more
Okay, I don't know what happened, but I am no longer "feeling" this book. I am going t...more
The main characters in this are the great 19th century 'Fireside Poets', namely Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Olver Wendell Holmes, and three other lesser-known men (James Russell Lowe, George Washington Greene, and JT Fields, their publisher). They are preparing to publish the first American edition of Dante's Divine Comedy. This is controversial--almost no one in American is interested in the study of the Italian language, first of all, and also, Dante's work is...more
The story is wel...more
It was refreshing. I was reading some very bad books recently,books which make me fall asleep half way. But this was different..
So what is the story?
It is about a club called the Dante Club,which has as members poets and Harvard professors Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Dr Oliver Wendell Holmes, James Russell Lowell and publisher J. T. Fields.
They are working on America's first translation of The Divine Comedy.
But some people are against this work believing that the forei...more
Well,let's count : Dante , it's obvious.And great american poets solving mystery crimes in Boston .Oh,and 19th-century Boston itself.
Sounds good ,isn't it ?Such a good topic and what ? Nothing.Boredom , overwhelming boredom and some disgust.Nothing more.Agreed,only Boston emerged unscathed from it.I'd better re-read Divine Comedy instead of this rubbish .
I read somewhere about similarity to Eco's The name of the rose. Kidding !
I'm afraid to...more
Boston, 1865. The fireside poets – Longfellow, Holmes, Lowell, and their publisher – investigate a series of murders modeled on Dante’s Inferno, which they are translating.
Eh. A quite good bit of literary historical fiction bolted to an extremely unfortunate mystery. We’d have these great, detailed scenes of the poets talking through the cantos of their translation and being all bitc...more