Words Can Bleed.
In 1865 Boston, the members of the Dante Club -- poets and Harvard professors Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, and James Russell Lowell, along with publisher J.T. Fields -- are finishing America's first translation of The Divine Comedy and preparing to unveil Dante's remarkable visions to the New World. The powerful Boston Brahmins at Harvard are fighting to keep Dante in obscurity, believing that the infiltration of foreign superstitions onto American bookshelves will prove as corrupting as the immigrants living in Boston Harbor.
As they struggle to keep their sacred literary cause alive, the plans of the Dante Club are put in further jeopardy when a serial killer unleashes his terror on the city. Only the scholars realize that the gruesome murders are modeled on the descriptions from Dante's Inferno and its account of Hell's torturous punishments. With the lives of the Boston elite and Dante's literary future in America at stake, the Dante Club must find the killer before the authorities discover their secret.
Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes and outcast police officer Nicolas Rey, the first black member of the Boston police department, place their careers on the line in their efforts to end the killing spree. Together, they discover that the source of the murders lies closer than they ever could have imagined.
The Dante Club is a magnificent blend of fact and fiction, a brilliantly realized paean to Dante, his mythic genius, and his continued grip on the imagination....Continua
Occorre superare lo scoglio delle prime 150 pagine per entrare nel vivo del romanzo, ma poi ne vale la pena.
All'inizio la lettura può risultare un po' pesante e lenta. Successivamente, una volta che il Circolo Dante prende coscienza della correlazione tra gli omicidi e i contrappassi danteschi, l'azione diventa più dinamica e la lettura scorrevole. Personalmente non vedevo l'ora che il Circolo iniziasse a collaborare con l'agente Rey, anche se ciò avviene a metà romanzo!
The book tells the story of some murders in Boston at the time where the first English traslation of Dante's Divina Commedia is being made. The murders are directedly inspired by some of the punishments described in the book, and the intrigue comes with what is the murdered trying to achieve: is he a member of the group traslating the Divina Commedia? Or someone opposing the introduction of Dante to the general public?
The beginning of this book is quite promising, and the style of the author is quite engaging. However, I was disappointed by the resolution of the mystery, which, without spoiling anything, seemed really contrived and unrealistic. If you're looking for something at the level of 'An instance of the fingerpost', this is not your book. If you want a nice entertainment better than crap like the 'Da Vinci code', this is certaintly worth it....Continua
Didn't really enjoy the style of writing...though its plot seems really interesting.....might read it some other day when I have nothing to read LOL
We follow several literary big wigs around Boston during 1865 and their adventures with translating Dante into English. That doesn't sound too exciting in itself; however, someone has started murdering people in the fashion of Dante. The Dante Club now has the task of finding out who "Lucifer" really is and stopping him before he kills again. To be honest, I had a difficult time getting into this book. I am not sure if it was the person reading it (I had the audio version) or if I just wasn't connecting with the text. After awhile though, the story blossomed and it did indeed get good. The plot was interesting, but I felt that there was too much extra information and it dragged a bit. I think the people who would enjoy this book the most would either be people interested in literary history or Dante. As I have little experience with either, it was a bit of a stretch for me....Continua