The Dante Club: A Novel

by Matthew Pearl | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0812971043 Global Overview for this book
Registered by indygo88 of Lafayette, Indiana USA on 5/12/2007
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3 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by indygo88 from Lafayette, Indiana USA on Saturday, May 12, 2007
"Boston, 1865. A series of murders, all of them inspired by scenes in Dante’s Inferno. Only an elite group of America’s first Dante scholars—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, James Russell Lowell, and J. T. Fields—can solve the mystery. With the police baffled, more lives endangered, and Dante’s literary future at stake, the Dante Club must shed its sheltered literary existence and find the killer."

I have several copies of this on my shelf, & I STILL haven't read it, but it always gets good reviews, so I keep buying more copies (sigh...)

Journal Entry 2 by indygo88 from Lafayette, Indiana USA on Saturday, May 12, 2007
Going into my trade paperback bookbox....

10/11/07 -- ...and back it came, no takers. That's okay -- I'll find it a new home somewhere!

Journal Entry 3 by indygo88 from Lafayette, Indiana USA on Friday, November 02, 2007
Sticking this one back in for bookbox round #2, mostly because I've just spied it on a wishlist on one of the box participants! So if nobody else does, hopefully that person will take it! (hint, hint!) :')

8/12/09 -- Seems like I've been wanting to read this one for a LONG time & was finally able to get to it on audio. I'd heard so many raves about it, but I felt let down. I thought it was just "okay". As sick as it sounds, I really liked the descriptions of the murders the most & almost wished there were more of them in the story due to the uniqueness of each one. But ultimately, I found the story too drawn out and for some reason had a lot of trouble keeping the characters straight, despite the fact that they were almost all well-know writers, poets, publishers, etc. That may have been due in part because of the audio format, but perhaps also due to my ignorance in previous knowledge of these characters. Maybe...or maybe not. This is one instance where I think I may have gotten more out of an abridged edition, as I thought this story just dragged on a little too long.

Journal Entry 4 by nuttyreader from Wichita Falls, Texas USA on Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Took from trade paperback box #2 by indygo88.

Journal Entry 5 by nuttyreader from Wichita Falls, Texas USA on Wednesday, November 14, 2007
PS if the person who had this book on the list still wants to read it just let me know.

Journal Entry 6 by nuttyreader from Wichita Falls, Texas USA on Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Taking a ride in 'Downtime's Bookbox'.

Journal Entry 7 by Morgail from Louisville, Kentucky USA on Sunday, March 30, 2008
Pulled from downtime's Historical Fiction Bookbox. Looks like a good book! I loved The Alienist, by Caleb Carr, and something about the blurb on the back reminds me of that book.

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