The Dante Chamber

The Dante Chamber

Large Print - 2018
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"The 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 enormous stone around his neck etched with a verse from the Divine Comedy. When more mysterious murders erupt across the city, all in the style of the punishments Dante memorialized in Purgatory, poet Christina Rossetti fears her brother, the Dante-obsessed artist and writer Gabriel Rossetti, will be the next victim. Christina 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 the elite and the dark corners of London's underworld, they descend further and further into the mystery. But when the true inspiration behind the gruesome murders is finally revealed, Christina realizes that the perpetrator has even bigger and more horrific plans than she had initially thought"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [New York, New York] :, Random House Large Print,, [2018]
Edition: First large print edition
Description: 530 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780525631927
0525631925
Branch Call Number: LP Pear
Additional Contributors: Pearl, Matthew. Dante chamber

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SkokieStaff_Steven Oct 10, 2018

Some years ago I read Matthew Pearl’s superior historical thriller “The Dante Club” in which a group of real life American literary figures including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Oliver Wendell Holmes band together to stop a fiend who is creatively killing people using the punishments in Dante’s “Inferno” as inspiration. I’ve now read his follow-up “The Dante Chamber.” Here the scene switches to Victorian England where a group of real life English poets including Alfred Tennyson, Robert Browning, and Christina Rossetti band together to stop a fiend who is creatively killing people using the punishments in Dante’s “Purgatorio” as inspiration. Pearl is an engaging storyteller, carefully doling out shocks and revelations to keep his readers turning pages. Where he really excels, though, is in his characterization. Pearl uses the actual eccentricities of his historical figures to add color to their fictional counterparts. This novel is crowded with characters yet each one is vividly depicted.

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tjdickey
Jul 18, 2018

Herein, a world full of larger-than-life poetic colossi: Tennyson, Robert Browning, Christina Rosetti, Oliver Wendell Holmes. Herein, a literary society haunted by popular fascination with Dante's visions of hell and purgatory. Herein, two groups of baffling serial murders based on Dante's tormented souls.
These ingredients make for one delectable feast for the imagination, laced with poetry, philosophy, and madness.

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