The Dante Club: A Novel

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by Matthew Pearl | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0812971043 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wing6of8wing of Silver Spring, Maryland USA on 2/12/2015
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Journal Entry 1 by wing6of8wing from Silver Spring, Maryland USA on Thursday, February 12, 2015
I enjoyed this book when I read it a while ago. I picked up another copy at a thrift store purely to use in the Mystery VBB.

My previous review:
A very intense mystery with some rather gruesome crimes and a surprising turn or two along the way. I read Dante's Inferno immediately after taking the Bar Exam (which many people said was insane) but only after reading this did I realize how little of it I had absorbed (hey, my brain was pretty fried!). The debate as to the exact meaning of specific passages was quite illuminating for me. I came to love very much the main characters of this book -- Lowell, Holmes, Fields, Greene, Longfellow, and especially the fictional Nicholas Rey. I will have more appreciation for them and their work in the future, I think. Mr. Rey's character especially appeals because you can feel his isolation and loneliness and determination to do his duty in a way that I still cannot feel Dante's, despite the great literary minds in this book that tried to convince me otherwise. And I found the character of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., later Justice Holmes, somewhat redeemed by this glimpse into his early life, though not enough to forgive him his bigotry in Buck v. Bell.

One of the questions for discussion at the end of the book is "did you figure out whodunit?" followed by another question, "really?" I think this is justified. Once it begins to be explained, it all makes sense, but until then the reader, like the great literary minds, is deceived. Any other comments would spoil the revelation, so I must leave it at that.

Journal Entry 2 by wing6of8wing at Silver Spring, Maryland USA on Friday, February 13, 2015
Adding to the Mystery VBB.

Journal Entry 3 by wing6of8wing at Silver Spring, Maryland USA on Wednesday, July 06, 2016
This book was not selected from the Mystery VBB after two rounds, so I will withdraw it from the list and find another way to share it with future readers.

Journal Entry 4 by wing6of8wing at Along the Rail Walk in Roanoke, Virginia USA on Monday, August 08, 2016

Released 3 yrs ago (8/7/2016 UTC) at Along the Rail Walk in Roanoke, Virginia USA

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Left at one of the stops along the Rail Walk near the Transportation Museum (which was very cool).

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