Boston. 1865. A small group of elite scholars prepares to introduce Dante's vision of hell to America. But so does a murderer. The literary geniuses of the Dante Club - poets and Harvard professors Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Dr Oliver Wendell Holmes, James Russell Lowell and publisher J. T. Fields - are finishing America's first translation of ...Read MoreBoston. 1865. A small group of elite scholars prepares to introduce Dante's vision of hell to America. But so does a murderer. The literary geniuses of the Dante Club - poets and Harvard professors Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Dr Oliver Wendell Holmes, James Russell Lowell and publisher J. T. Fields - are finishing America's first translation of The Divine Comedy. The powerful old guard of Harvard College wants to keep Dante in obscurity, believing that the infiltration of such foreign superstitions will prove as corrupting as the immigrants invading Boston Harbor. The members of the Dante Club fight to keep their sacred literary cause alive, but their plans fall apart when a series of murders erupts through Boston and Cambridge. Only this small group of scholars realises that the gruesome killings are modeled on the descriptions of Hell's punishments from Dante's Inferno. With the police baffled, lives endangered and Dante's literary future at stake, the Dante Club must shed its sheltered literary existence and find a way to stop the killer.Read Less
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As a lover of mysteries, Boston and Dante I had high hopes for this book. Unfortunately the book starts gross, turns into a fairly interesting mystery for a while then at the point where the climax should be wanders off sideways into the horrors of war, repressed homosexuality and mental illness. Mr. Pearl is LITERARY in the worst sense of the word. Read "Devil in the White City" instead--same feel, better written, truer. If Mr. Pearl is reading this I'd love to know what he has against Oliver Wendell Holmes.
Aug 6, 2007
Interesting but maybe not enough
The Dante Club about a murderer who kills people with methods described by Dante. The book is set in the 1860's, and focuses around a group of poets. The writing style is "old" and period appropriate. I enjoyed this, but the writing style made for a somewhat difficult read. None of the characters are particularly moving or endearing. They don't seem to have a lot of depth, either. It's definitely an interesting read but you have to keep working at staying involved in the story or you might lose interest.
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