In the Hand of Dante

In the Hand of Dante

eBook - 2002
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Deep inside the Vatican library, a priest discovers the rarest and most valuable art object ever found: the manuscript of The Divine Comedy, written in Dante's own hand. Via Sicily, the manuscript makes its way from the priest to a mob boss in New York City, where a writer named Nick Tosches is called to authenticate the prize. For this writer, the temptation is too great: he steals the manuscript in a last-chance bid to have it all. Some will find it offensive; others will declare it transcendent; it is certain to be the most ragingly debated novel of the decade.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, c2002
ISBN: 9780759570085
0759570086
9780759597747
075959774X
Characteristics: 376 p. ;,25 cm

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Dec 08, 2011

Nick Tosches is brilliant-his mastery of the written word is unparalleled. His brilliance in this book however, is his downfall. Had he stuck to the non-fiction without delving into linguistics as much as he did, this would have been a magnificent story. I found myself skipping almost entire chapters, waiting to get back to his characters and their exploits. Overall...too much acadaemia, not enough story telling.

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