October Read: The Dante Club

by Kaley Ingenito

danteMatthew Pearl’s The Dante Club is a riveting story that follows a group of literary academics undertaking the arduous task of translating the classic Dante’s Inferno from the original Italian into English. The plot thickens when the group slowly begins to realize that a recent slew of murders bears a striking resemblance to their current translation project. The murder must have an intricate knowledge of Dante’s circles of hell…. could it be someone they know? Even someone within the group itself?

The plot thickens when the group slowly begins to realize that a recent slew of murders bears a striking resemblance to their current translation project. The murder must have an intricate knowledge of Dante’s circles of hell…. could it be someone they know? Even someone within the group itself?

Fun little side note, many of the main characters are actually historical figures (Oliver Wendal Holmes, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) and, while the story is fictional, some of the plot points are historically accurate.

I would classify it as an academic thriller- think The Davinci Code for smart people. It’s a bit long but its a gratifying read with a plot that pulls you into the world of Dante.
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