The Dante Club

The Dante Club

Book - 2003
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In 1865, the preparations of the Dante Club--led by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Oliver Wendell Holmes--to release the first translation of Dante's "The Divine Comedy" are threatened by a series of murders that re-create episodes from "Inferno."
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780812971040
Branch Call Number: F PEA
Characteristics: ix, 372 p. ; 25 cm


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Jul 23, 2018

A group of famous literary figures hunt down a serial killer who subjects his victims to the sin-specific tortures found in Dante’s Inferno. The author blends his considerable knowledge of Dante Alighieri’s life and works with the history of Boston after the Civil War to produce a respectable whodunnit. It’s also a book about friendship and loyalty triumphing over greed, bigotry, and vengeance. The club members interpersonal connections are tested; they learn to appreciate abilities beyond their own in Patrolman Rey. They stick to their task, pursuing clues despite discouragement and obstruction from the police and the Corporation. They rise above petty intellectual differences and clashes between their massive egos. I agree with reviewer Kristine Huntley: “Expertly weaving period detail, historical fact (the Dante Club did indeed exist), complex character studies, and nail-biting suspense, Pearl has written a unique and utterly absorbing tale.” It is, however, a tale more likely to be relished by us English majors than by a wide swath of the America’s readers.

ArapahoeKati Oct 07, 2016

I think this book tried too hard to be too weighty and "surprise! it's a plot twist!" that it comes across as bulky and annoying.

CMLibrary_gjd_0 Jan 07, 2016

Not for the faint of heart! This book follows a real group of American authors who are trying to translate Dante for the masses. Soon, bodies are being found in and around Boston using Dante's idea of punishment. Can these middle age men bring the killings to and end, or will classics such as Dante, be forever barred from our shores? Wonderful debut novel.

ser_library Sep 06, 2014

a quick read full of interesting characters that refreshed my knowledge of Dante, Longfellow, Holmes and others

jw126 Oct 14, 2011

At times slow, but ending reinforces and reminds one the horrors of the Civil War and what some endured. Good reinforcement of Dante.

Oct 07, 2010

Not as good as the other two books by this author. Nevertheless, a an interesting read that holds your attention to the end.

Nov 30, 2009

Longfellow is such a caring person.


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