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The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl
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Aug 07, 07

Recommended for: literary geeks
Read in August, 2007

A competent, semi-slow paced thriller set in postbellum Boston. The author earns full marks for bringing Longfellow and Oliver Wendell Holmes to life (particularly the latter), and geek props for using "Divina Commedia" to inspire his murderous villain.

The novel takes a while to get started, an while the conclusion is satisfying, there's really not enough clues for the reader to piece it together himself. Some of the descriptive phrasing is also jarring and self-indulgent. Otherwise, a strong effort that deserves a look if you like slow-burners rather than page-turners. Feels longer than its 430 pages.

I would recommend this book to some and would not read it again.
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