Reviews of Dante Club, the (2003)
Review by rinabeana (2006-07-26)
This book came highly recommended by a fellow literature buff. I have to say that I was enthralled. This is right up my alley! Historical fiction with poets—what could be better? Anyway, I've not read Dante's Divine Comedy, but I don't think that hindered me from enjoying the story at all. The relevant parts are translated and included in the book. I thought it was fascinating to read about Longfellow and Lowell and Holmes and how their lives and work were impacted by Dante. I've read some of their poetry (chiefly Longfellow's), but I knew virtually nothing about their lives and now I'm eager to read more of their work! Aside from the literary goodness in this book, there's a great mystery, too! I thought the scholars' sleuthing methods were great and I was totally clueless as to the identity of the killer until it was revealed. If you're into poetry or historical fiction or Dante or mysteries (or any combination thereof), this book is a must-read!