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The Poe Shadow

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

EXCELLENT! historical fiction written in style of the time perio

EXCELLENT! historical fiction written in style of the time period-love those Victorians! very interesting explanations using known details.

posted by catsnart on March 17, 2012

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Good only for illumination into Poe's demise

I generally agree with the other reviewers here -- Matthew Pearl seems to be far more of a self-congratulatory academic than a good fiction writer, and you can tell that he has had only Ivy League law school training, for a good (i.e., practical) practicing attorney wou...
I generally agree with the other reviewers here -- Matthew Pearl seems to be far more of a self-congratulatory academic than a good fiction writer, and you can tell that he has had only Ivy League law school training, for a good (i.e., practical) practicing attorney would not use such byzantine and overwrought language and plot construction to get his point across. (I guess this is what happens when academics accept you into their circle; you are in a no-lose situation, as I can't for the life of me understand how this man can teach a class in copyright law at Harvard Law School without even passing the bar.) Nevertheless, there was much fascinating information presented in this novel even for more-than-casual students of Edgar Allan Poe and the circumstances surrounding his death, which in the end made the whole reading experience ultimately fruitful. This is by far not a novel I would recommend for everyone, for many different reasons, but for those looking for a precis of the evidence to date surrounding the death of Edgar Allan Poe, you could read much worse.

posted by PatrickZJD on January 25, 2009

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  • Posted May 2, 2011

    Would make Poe proud

    Matthew Pearl gives us a plausible explanation for Poe's missing five days. Though he spends a bit too much time in France, ultimately this became one of my favorite books on the gothic master

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

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    Pretty Good

    I fully enjoyed the book. I believe a the fact that I was already Edgae Allen Poe fan, to begin with, was a big help in liking the book! If you are a Poe fan I do reccomend it. Doesn't really teach you anything new, but it is a good fictional read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2009

    pretty good but stilted

    that the book is good is not a question but the victorian language makes for a bit of a slow read. the characters are fairly believable but i found myself slowing down to try and keep up with parts of the story. i needed to go back and reread bits to make sense of them and found myself losing interest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2006

    Brilliant

    I found this book fascinating. Once I started, one passage, and then another, and then another propelled me forward. I think it is brilliant!

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