Matthew Pearl - The Poe Shadow: A Novel

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  • Matthew Pearl's The Poe Shadow

    Aug 23, 2013 by swooshfan2 is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: An interesting premise; the author does some solid research
    Cons: The book loses steam in the second half; lead character is hard to root for

    Summary: I had never actually heard of "The Poe Shadow", but when my father leant me a copy of the book a couple weeks ago, the premise of the book sounded interesting enough that I wanted to give it a shot. I've always been interested in the works of Edgar Allan ... read more

  • The Shadows of Poe

    Jun 12, 2012 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Interesting story plot and use of historical facts
    Cons: Stuck with the myopic musings of the main character.

    Summary: The Poe Shadow is the second historical fiction novel from author Matthew Pearl.  The year is 1849, and Quentin Clark is intent on restoring the tarnished reputation of his favorite poet: the deceased Edgar Allen Poe.   His quest drives ... read more

  • Matthew Pearl Is In The Poe Shadow: Solving The Poet’s Death

    May 27, 2008 by keithpruitt is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: mastery of nineteenth century language, descriptive abilities, characterization, weaving of fiction and fact
    Cons: too difficult a read, laborious, plot is too twisting

    Summary: My love affair with Edgar Allen Poe goes back to my school days when I first read those tremendous works like Annabelle Lee and The Raven. My personal favorite was his poem The Bells. But enjoying a poet and knowing a great deal ... read more

  • The Death of a Poet

    Oct 8, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: very engaging, descriptive plot, attractive voice, blurs the line between fact and fiction
    Cons: above the casual reader's understanding, advanced diction

    Summary: If you are a fan of thrillers and mysteries, The Poe Shadow is a perfect book for you. This latest novel by Harvard graduate Matthew Pearl follows up his much acclaimed book The Daunte Club. Going into this book, the anticipation was very high, and he ... read more

  • What happened to Edgar Poe? The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl

    Jun 23, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent historically-based mystery read
    Cons: small doses of melodrama, might be confusing to readers not familiar with Poe

    Summary: The year is 1849. Quentin Clark, a young Baltimore lawyer, makes his way through the crowded city streets and is distracted by a hearse passing by. For reasons unknown to him, Quentin follows the hearse to a lonely graveyard where a small, nondescript ... read more

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