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The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl
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Jun 21, 10

bookshelves: mystery-or-horror, realistic-historical-fiction
Read in March, 2009

LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! I have to be honest, since I teach high school English and cover and teach the classics day in and day out, my at-home reading pursuits are typically of the "get lost in an easy read" variety. I picked this book up at a garage sale for $1.. the best buck I ever spent! The book is definitely a little more "high brow" in the context of the literary scene and some of the language and took me about 60 pages to really get into it, but then I was hooked completely. The murder is the part that keeps you riveted. The fact that it's historical fiction is intriguing and fun to read. I honestly didn't have a working knowledge of Dante beyond the answer-a-few-Jeopardy-questions variety and found that my interest is sparked and I think I need to read Longfellow's translation. Darn you Matthew Pearl! LOL.. and here I was all geeked to get lost in a mindless novel and you make me THINK on my day off! GEEZ! : )
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