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Janet MaslinThe Rule of Four is an extremely erudite thriller set on the Princeton campus and constructed around a famously arcane text from the 15th century … The text is the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili; its name means the "struggle for love in a dream" of a man called Poliphilo. This is a name that two of the book's four main collegiate characters have trouble even pronouncing. But readers may want to start dropping it in conversation, as if this were no more difficult than saying Da Vinci Code. This fussier but also ingenious novel aspires to out-anagram, out-acrostic and out-cipher-text that one.
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