Review of The Club Dumas

Literary and mystery readers will probably enjoy this novel by Arturo Perez-Reverte. I have enjoyed several other novels by this author. This one is steeped in the works of Alexandre Dumas, especially the characters of The Three Musketeers.
For me, I found times where the narrative thrilled me and others not so much. The former usually came from the story of the subplot relating to the Book of the Nine Doors of the Kingdom of Shadows. That storyline is the basis for the movie version of this novel, The Ninth Gate, starring Johnny Depp.
The story is far too complicated to explain (sorry). If anything I’ve written here has piqued your interest, then take the plunge and begin reading.
Overall, an intriguing read.
Now onto another Club–The Dante Club.

#Review of The Divine Comedy: Paradiso (3of3)

#Readers of classics, I found this last section of Dante’s great work the least interesting, though the most poetic. Dante is accepted into the circles of heaven, each of which offers greater brilliance of illumination as he ascends. His account of his journey is deeply influenced by the teachings of the Greek philosophers and the Catholic Church. For this third part, I give 2 stars, which gives an aggregate rating of 3 stars for the entire work.

#Review of The Divine Comedy: Purgatorio (part 2 of 3)

#Readers, I have made it through Dante’s Purgatorio, where with each ascending circle a “P” is removed from his forehead.This denotes the cleansing of a sin (peccata in Italian. Again, the tale is filled with personal encounters with friends or enemies (annotations help). Virgil has been replaced by Beatrice, as his guide. She represents a former true love, as well asDivine Wisdom. 3 stars (as it was more tedious).