PDF (The Dante Chamber The Dante Club #2) BY Matthew Pearl

Reading THE DANTE CHAMBER brought #Some Memories Back Of What #memories back of what in THE DANTE CLUBREAD THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER what in THE DANTE CLUBREAD THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER FRESH FICTION Delicious dark and dreamy historical thrillers are Matthew Pearl s specialty and he again delivers with THE DANTE CHAMBER Though it is preceded by THE DANTE CLUB the book stands alone as a world containedThe fascinating London literati of the mid nineteenth century populate the pages and are an utter delight because of their absurdity their gos and their uniue views of the world Christina Rossetti is the heart of the book at once intimidating otherworldly and sympathetic Tennyson Browning and Holmes come alive The Favorite Daughter each remarkable and strange certain to inspire readers to revisit their works or learn about themThe mystery is uniue and captivating Readers will gain new insights into Dante s DIVINE COMEDY and the implications for how criminal or obsessive minds could corrupt its message THE DANTE CHAMBER is not a simple read it is layered complex and dense I recommend it to readers whonjoy deep character development and rich Fitness for Geeks explorations of time and art Victorian versifiers Christina Rossetti Robert Browning Alfred Tennyson and Oliver Wendell Holmes tussle with a serial killer in this continuation ofvents chronicled in The Dante Club 2003 Pearl s modus operandi throughout his clutch of historical novels is his interweaving of literary stylistics In his latest the twentieth century Serial Killer Novel melds with the nineteenth century Novel of Sensation and adds a filigree of the ighteenth century Gothic Tale The murders Pearl devises are ingenious uivalents for the punishments meted out in the stanzas of Dante s second part of his Divine Comedy Purgatory All of this has to do with a reckoning of mankind s sinfulness and preparation for his fall or some such schatological balderdash Regardless it is uite an njoyable if slightly schematically rendered read I am going to place this one in my DNF file It was just too overly done for my tastes If one loves poets Dante and the fact that they may have come together to solve a mystery than this book would surely be for you I did get up to the 20% mark but just found that I received no pleasure from the story I absolutely loved The Dante Club and was so xcited to see there was a seuel At the beginning it seemed like a repeat of the story with just a change in scenery from Boston to London but things take an unpredictable path and the copycat Dante kille Oh Matthew Pearl Dante Alighieri Oliver Wendell Holmes t all how I love theeAllow me to count the LevelsOne Ante Purgatory or Stubbornness where you wash me upon the shore in uncertain anticipation as to what journey you will Naked Choke enforce upon me and if I will be able to get anything done until I finishach and Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good every page I feel no guilt for those the people and tasks that I will ignore as I devour your words and characters In short I feel no need for repentance just leave me and my book be It is where the invisible P for Pearl is written on my forehead much like the P for Purgatory on Dante during his journey I uickly becomentranced by your characters that will not back down from the good fight no matter the cost So Murder at the Mansion entranced that I forget to warnveryone that I ve gotten my hands on a new Matthew Pearl book and totally fall into the idea of tuning veryone out now and asking for forgiveness now I forget to repent before diving inTwo Pride is the point that I sueal with glee and rub it into veryone s faces that I have the book already and they don t Social Media face to face total strangers are all made aware of my accomplishment that they didn t manage While continuing to do this I slowly fall into the framework of his book get to know the related characters download their relevant works if they are based on real life people which they usually are and oh the googling that happens at those moments that I am able to rip my attention away for a momentThree Envy is where I mutter a curse that Pearl has much better grasp of his characters real life characters Robert is where I mutter a curse that Pearl has much better grasp of his characters real life characters Robert Christina Rossetti Gabriel Dante Rossetti Dante Alighieri Oliver Wendell Holmes again England s Poet Laureate Lord Tennyson Seductive Surrender etc I nearly pull my hair out when I realize that he also is intimately familiar with the dead wives of both Browning and Rossetti Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Elizabeth Siddal Does this man s knowledgever stop two continents multiple poets and authors ArghFour Wrath is the point where Bsessed artist and writer Gabriel Rossetti will be the next victimChristina Seductive Surrender (Highland Heather Romancing a Scot, enlists poets Robert Browning and Alfred Tennyson and famous scholar Dr Oliver Wendell Holmes to assist in deciphering the literary clues Together these unlikely investigators rush to unravel the secrets of Dante's verses in order to find Gabriel and stop the killings Racing between the shimmering mansions of thelite and the dark corners of London's underworld they descend further and further into the mystery But when th. 45 stars To say that Matthew PEARL LIKES LITERATURE IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT likes literature is an understatement of his books are literary related in some way or another making them really intriguing to meMy first xperience with Pearl was with the book THE LAST BOOKANEER which was a wonderful read but importantly it was different I have also had THE DANTE CLUB on my radar for the better part of six years so when this one came up for review I was stoked So why haven t I read THE DANTE CLUB you askI have no ideaMaybe it s because it s been on my TBR list for so long that I ve forgotten about it as I keep adding new books or maybe it s because I don t a copy of new books or maybe it s because I don t own a of first book Whatever it is when this book came up for review I gave it a solid hell ya to reviewSo let s get the obvious uestion out of the way firstthis is the second in a series having not read the first book did I feel lost No I did not I see that a number of readers also commented that this book was a true standalone book and I would agree Pearl did a great job at helping new readers navigate this new novel and filled in any of the gaps and uestions from the first book in the series but again if you haven t read the first book do not feel like you need to go back and read it to njoy this oneFor me this book was of a thinker book rather than a casual novel where you just read lightly and njoy the story as it happens This book makes you ngage actively in the story and makes you think The plot is basic yet the characters and narrative style are tedious and it does take some time to process and get used to so be prepared to focus and pay attention throughout this bookThis kind of meandering style seems to be a signature of Pearl s as I remember his style being similar in THE LAST BOOKANEER He takes a lot of time to set readers up for the story and the characters This approach might bore some readers but I ncourage you to stay the course because this is a very interesting and well written book with a thrilling historical mysteryThis book is obviously heavy on the literary references as well while you certainly don t need to be an English Lit scholar to read this book you will find lots of little references to love and ndear this novel to you if you have a basic understanding of English Lit I myself have a degree in English Lit so I loved all the little nuances of this novel because of thatI think this book is the sort of book that appeals to a certain type of reader While I think most audiences will find this book great I think a specific audience will find it outstanding If you like sophisticated mysteries with a smart narration style then you will likely rate this book as outstanding I would say it came in at a 45 for me While I loved the mystery itself and the thinking piece I found the first half of the book a little tediousnot The Deepest Sin enough to make me rate it lower than a 4 though What bumped it to the 45 rating though was all the fun literary references in the bookthat s Pearl s bread and butter right thereOn a final notethe cover OMG the cover I am swooning at how perfect it is I absolutely love it much than the cover of any of his other novels Whover designed this cover art had a wonderful vision and it captured my ye and made the book stand out ven See my full review here Very ngrossing fun and uite a rideand now I am finally reading Purgatory which is a big part of this novelwith the poem intertwined through out the story Twists and turns all along the way I njoyed the history part of it and the literary people involved Set in London when the first book was set in Bostonand Dante and his Divine Comedy the starHighly recommended I don t really have a lot to say about this book as much as I love the subject matter Dante Holmes Browning Tennyson It just didn t click with me The beginning sets up a nice plot with a murder found to be based on the works of Dante but then it just sort of falters there is too much interpretations of Dante s work and less focus on the actual plot which honestly kept throwing me off The nding is basically where the action is and there s not much of it I found it interesting and well researched but overly wordy and the story too broken up with interpretations of Dante s works It just wasn t for meI received an advanced copy from the publisher All thoughts and opinions are my own It s been several years since I read THE DANTE CLUB but I still remember how ngrossed I was with the book ven though the details of the book is a bit hazy Nevertheless. From Mathew Pearl the bestselling author of The Dante Club a masterful tale of literature obsession and murderThe year is 1870 Five years after a series of Dante inspired killings disrupted Boston a man is found murdered in the public gardens of London with an normous stone around his neck tched with a verse from the Divine Comedy When mysterious murders rupt across the city all in the style of the punishments Dante memorialized in Purgatory poet Christina Rossetti fears her brother the Dante M trying to catch up By Reading The Great Works reading the great works those mentioned above while still reading Matthew Pearl s book and failing miserably Blast that magician of a writer How will I ver fully understand all of his work without understanding the works of the people that he knows so wellFifth Sloth that point where I give up on my xtraneous reading and let Pearl s work just wash over me without Le valeureux guerrier effort page after page unable to stop unable to bath unable to bother with anything or anyonelse Sixth Avarice I am punished for my ambition to be as great and well researched a writer as Matthew Pearl by bluish bags under my yes my brain on fire and pain from the tenseness of my muscles as I my yes my brain on fire and pain from the tenseness of my muscles as I read I m left laid out in med popping Aleve like Tic Tacs as I continue to turn pages I am bound to the book and the book is bound to me We cannot be parted and I must suffer my punishment until the very Wrathful Chaos: Five Books of Satanic Philosophy endSeventh Gluttony in which I have finished the book and remember that I haven taten since I turned the first page I lie there too ntranced by the story to move yet imagining the feast I will prepare once I am over the afterglow of The Dante Chamber s awesomeness Perhaps because I m in mourning for being done with the latest work of Matthew Pearl the magical invisible P is removed from my forehead Eighth we have Lust where I am made walk through hot coals in trying to figure out how to review a book that meant so much I think of the great professional critics and know that I will never match up just like my review will never ncompass all of the ntrancement that Matthew Pearl s latest work Like Dante I know that I must pass through this gauntlet of fire yet I know that while I might be able it will be a poor poor xcuse for a review That isunlessI become inspired as Dante and Pearl did and create something uniue along with DantePearl Humanism: The Greek Ideal and its Survival esue in the processAt the summit of this mountain and like Dante after all of my trials I am left in Paradiso What adventures await me here Dante spelled it out yet will Pearl continue the tale or will Paradise be too much forven such a talented writer and Dante scholar as he to continue One can only wish that Dante s Beatrice the mystery of her and her final message to him will be too much for Pearl to resist I live in hope at the gates of ParadiseIn all honesty I have never regretted reading any of Pearl s work and they always leave me in awe of his research and therefore ability to grasp real life people in a way that makes one feel as if they almost know them What I also appreciate is that he doesn t play fast and loose with the facts and timelines sure there are tweaks here and there yet much less than most other historical fiction authors I grab his new work like one would grab a life raft on a sinking boat nothing Love 2.0 (A Cates Brothers Book, else mattersxcept for his latest work and I must finish it before doing anything The Fix else It s almost an addiction and I am nowhere near ready for a 12 step group for help thank you very much They always introduce me deeply to works of his characters with a drive that I wouldn t have if I was just picking them up at random His work gives me the desire to really grasp the work of people like Holmes Longfellow Christina Rossetti Robert Browning andven though I tend to scoff at poetryFor xample last night I read Christina Rossetti s Goblin Market and at first saw a weird fairy tale I continued to ruminate on it and found much symbolism as the clock ticked by and my insomnia kicked into overdrive Perhaps only perhaps Pearl s work may finally get to move beyond the grasp of poetry that I left behind in high school and go forward No promises As my daddy used to say sarcastically It s something to shoot for For that and the hours of pleasure Pearl s work has given me I thank him Thanks to Edelweiss and Penguin Press for the arly review copy Matthew Pearl is a mystery writer with ual parts rudition skill pacing and historical intrigue In this second Desire in Seven Voices entry into his Dante Club series the scene shifts to London and a series of apparent gruesome murders based on the 7 terraces of Dante s Purgatorio Bringing back Oliver Wendell Holmes and introducing Robert Browning Christina Rossetti and Alfred Lord Tennyson into the investigative team Pearl delivers a thrilling mystery that at no point resorts to cheap tricks while at the same time provides several hints and references that readers of his other works will appreciate This is mystery writing at its mostrudite and xciting great stuff. E true inspiration behind the gruesome murders is finally revealed Christina realizes that the perpetrator has ven bigger and horrific plans than she had initially thoughtA dazzling tale of intrigue from the writer Library Journal calls the reigning king of popular literary historical thrillers The Dante Chamber is a riveting adventure across London and through Dante Expertly blending fact and fiction Pearl gives us a historical mystery like no other captivating and nthralling until the last pag. .

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