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Monday, July 04, 2005

The Dante Club 1st 100 pages

I began my summer reading with The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl this week. After having read most of Dante's Inferno I felt that I was ready for this task. The first impression of Pearl's work was gruesome. It was as gruesome as Dante's original. Aside from this, the thing that jumps out is the feeling that you know the famous Fireside poets from this novel. You get a great sense of them and of Boston in 1865. The pace is somewhat slow in the beginning, but the novel begins to pick up steam as you glean from the allusions and suspense written into the novel. I look forward to the next 100 pages, if they are as entertaining as the second fifty have been.