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The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl
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Mar 09, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: mystery, not-finished
Read in March, 2008

This is an American lit. lover's dream and it's even better for fans of Dante and his harrowing imaginings of hell, purgatory, etc. I am enjoying reading about the history of Harvard and its printing press during the 1860s. Oliver Wendell Holmes and his son make an appearance as well as other literary stars like Longfellow. This book is immensely enjoyable so far, and the characters feel real as does the story.

Okay, I don't know what happened, but I am no longer "feeling" this book. I am going to check it back in and maybe try it later. I hate that. It's probably me and not the book :).
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George Airday Not great literature but does bring the flavor of Dante's 14th century Roman civilization alive. Well researched, it's an academician's mystery. Pearl brings the Civil War home with Northern racism, unjust war and the phony players who profit. A sharp thread of early entomology makes Dante Club members into scientific Sherlocks. Enough material for a bookshelf.

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