The Poe Shadow
To begin with, Quentin Clark is the mo ...more
He is obsessive to the point of loosing everything he is/has, his career, fortune, home, finance, friends...the only thing that keeps him from absolutely loosing everything is due to friends coming to his aid at the en ...more
Many readers are commenting that The Poe Shadow is not as good as The Dante Club. Sure, a serial killer on the loose in Boston is compelling stuff. Graphic murder and mayhem trumps an intellectual mystery in Baltimore. While reading The Poe Shadow, I tried to avoid comparing the two works, as each deserves recognition on its own terms.
Popular sentiment is that Quentin Clark, the protagonist, is quite a knob. H ...more
Alas, this book was a disappointment through and through. I hate giving bad reviews (I really do!), but this novel just didn't cut it, no matter which way I tried to slice it. It fa ...more
The more I think of it, the more I dislike. I read his book about Dante, and didn't hate, but wow I disliked this one.
First off, I know a lot about Poe. Helps that I was a docent (fancy word for tour guide) at the Richmond Poe Museum. So, yeah, I got your Poe right here.
The whole plot didn't make sense. Oh my god, I hated the main character who was pretty much a 19th century stalker. Poe should have gotten a restraining order on this guy. So when Poe dies, t ...more
"The Poe Shadow" is set in antebellum America. The protagonist, a young attorney, risks life and limb to unravel the mystery of Edgar Allan Poe's death, and enlists the aid of a French detective, supposedly the prototype for Poe literary sleut ...more
Comienza en Baltimore, el 8 de Octubre de 1849, fecha del entierro de Poe. El protagonista, un joven abogado llamado Quentin Clark lo presencia por casualidad. Sin saber de quién se trata, de repente, le invade una inexplicable tristeza al ver la pobre sepultura que está recibiendo. Cuando se entera por los peri ...more
This is the 2nd book involving Edgar Allan Poe I've read in the past year. The other being "The Beautiful Cigar Girl" a work of non fiction & this being historical fiction. It takes place in mid 19th century Baltimore at the time of Poe's death which the press has leaped upon as an object lesson of the evils of drink. A young lawyer & admirer of Poe becomes incensed at this slander & sets out to make the record straight, but his obsess ...more
What is the problem? Motivation. As in - what is the character's motivation for doing what he does? Seemingly there is none. I would describe it as such; Quentin is a man who only wants a blue M&M, however he lives in a world where there ARE NO blue M&M's. So he just runs around and screams erratically at strangers to make them believe there's a b ...more
Okay. So, I did. And I didn't like it any bett ...more
I got about halfway through this book, and eventually decided to throw it in. Where Dante Club moved with all the pace and movement of a well plotted film, the Poe Shadow was boring from the start. I do agree. The main characters not likable in ...more
Matthew Pearl's best-selling The Dante Club (2003) successfully meshed history, literature, and mystery. Though he tries to duplicate this formula and honor a great American writer, The Poe Shadow fails to garner similar interest. First, Pearl's attempt to echo 19th-century prose is fusty and verbose. Second, Clark, though he has his eccentricities, is rather "poor company" (Wall Street Journal). Third, while the subplots offer intrigue, they rarely advance the plot and never attain the macabre...more
Todo lo que lleva el nombre de Poe (uno de mis autores favoritos) inmediatamente me llama la atención. En este caso, La sombra de Poe de Matthew Pearl, libro que me regalaron totalmente de sorpresa (pasé varias veces frente a él diciendo "mirá que lindo", para que el mensaje cayera en el inconsciente y saliera en el momento oportuno), me ha gustado mucho y no fue para nada lo que esperaba (positivamente).
La muerte de Poe obsesionará a Quentin, nuestro protagonista, ...more
I finished the book! I can't believe I finished it! This is a major deal for me, because I've had this book on my shelf for around 8 years now, and I've always put it off. I don't really know why, because I'm a fan of Edgar Allan Poe. Maybe it was the mystery element, something I don't really tend to read in fiction. Anyway, I finally knuckled down and finished this book, so finally I am in the position to write a complete review.
The Poe Shadow follows the endeavors of Quentin Clark, a ...more
It is said lightning never strikes the same place twice, and I now have the proof.
"The Poe Shadow" follows a fictional Baltimore lawyer, Quentin Clark, as he tries to clear Edgar Allan Poe's name after dying what many believe to be a drunkenly disgraceful death. Clark goes to Paris to enlist the ...more
Genre detektif memang kesukaanku. Kalau ditambah dengan unsur sejarah, lebih menantang lagi. Apalagi sejarah itu tentang seorang yg punya nama nesar di dunia kesusasteraan dunia: Edgar Allan Poe.
Hampir semua unsur di buku ini adalah fakta sejarah. Penulisnya, Matthew Pearl hanya merangkai berbagai fakta, data, opini dari berbagai sumber untuk membentuk sebuah penalaran yang masuk akal. Yang bukan fakta adalah tokoh2 sentraln ...more
The Poe Shadow attempts to answer ...more
On the first count: the protagonist, Quentin Clark, is childish and insipid. He's an irritating hero, but what's worse is that he isn't a hero who moves the plot for ...more
I should preface this by admitting I haven't read much Poe. I have a couple of collections; I've just ... never gotten around to it. But I'm familiar with his most famous poems, I knew who C. Auguste Dupin was, and I knew a little about Poe's life and reputation - a ...more
I read a number of reviews here and I agree with them that the protagonist, Quentin Clark, was a bit hard to like. He was annoying, whiny, and excitable and I thought he ...more
I started reading with many expectations and at first I thought it was interesting, but then ... The main character, even though history says that is not about him at all, never stops talking about himself, his life, his feelings, how good it is, etc.. and that's pretty tired and makes you hate the character, and I ask... ...more