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The Poe Shadow
The Poe Shadow | Matthew Pearl
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Baltimore, 1849. The body of Edgar Allan Poe has been buried in an unmarked grave. Quentin Clark is a young lawyer and ardent admirer who puts his own career and reputation at risk in a crusade to find out the truth behind Poe's death. After discovering that the writer's last days are riddled with unanswered questions the police are ignoring, Quentin finds himself enmeshed in a sinister machinations involving international political agents, a female assassin, the corrupt Baltimore slave trade, and the lost secrets of Poe's final hours. In order to unchain his now imperiled fate from Poe's, Quentin must himself turn master investigator.
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jenniferw88
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BarbaraBB Lovely 💕 4mo
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jenniferw88
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Among the Africans, both slaves and free, in the southern and in northern states, the use of the word “nigger” was not about race. I have heard blacks talking of a mulatto with that term and even calling their masters “them white niggers.” “Nigger” was used by blacks to mean a low fellow of any sort, color, or class. ⬇️

jenniferw88 This rather ingeniously redefines the ugly word, until it will no doubt be removed from our language altogether. For those who ever doubted the intelligence of that mistreated race, I point to this linguistic stroke and wonder if whites would have thought of the same. 4mo
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cobwebmoth
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Thank you so much for the book, Sherry! @Slajaunie Thanks for feeding my Poe obsession.😊❤

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AlobelThee
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#TarotTakeover Death

A double feature on the Death topic; more on the living Tarot focus of Quentin's own journey, investigating the unsolved mystery of Edgar Allan Poe's death. New discoveries, with some eventful transitions, along Quentin's pursuit for answers.

@ErinSueG @WhiskeyMistress

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Redjewel_7734
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I just can‘t get i to this one. It‘s a mystery about Poe‘s death with a “detective” who wants to be like the detectives in Poe‘s stories, & this author is doing a bad impersonation of Poe‘s style. It just all feels so overblown & overdone, & I just don‘t have time for that. His other work is higher rated, so maybe I‘ll give it a shot at some point.

Bookcation74 Oh no! I love Matthew Pearl! Try The Dante Club if you are still willing to give him a shot - it‘s my favorite of his 2y
WhovianNerd Love The Dante Club! But haven't started The Poe Shadow yet. So now a tad nervous, but I'll still keep it on my TBR list. 2y
Redjewel_7734 @Bookcation74 @WhovianNerd The Dante Club is the Pearl book I wanted to check out first, but my library doesn‘t have the audiobook, so I decided to give this one a shot. I still really want to check out The Dante Club & I may retry this one in print someday...maybe audio just isn‘t this book‘s beat format. We‘ll see 😊 2y
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AlobelThee
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#Historical As a fiction detective chase story, I really enjoyed this novel, with new insights on the unsolved mystery of Poe's death. 💀 #ReadingResolutions @Jess7

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Librarybelle
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Happy #letsgetcozy day! @Ashley31 I love everything! You did an amazing job...thank you! I think the Poe socks will be my new favorite thing, and I can't wait to sip some hot chocolate while reading this book. It has languished on my to read list for way too long!

And thank you to @cobwebmoth for organizing this! This was so much fun.

I'm hoping my match likes the things I got for them as much as I like these!

Centique Love those Poe Socks! 😍 2y
Librarybelle I know, @Centique ! ❤️❤️ 2y
drokka That looks like a great read. 2y
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Reviewsbylola I've been eyeing those Poe socks. 2y
Ashley31 So happy you like everything! 💙 2y
Sydsavvy Those socks are the bomb! 2y
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MaleficentBookDragon
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Book buying ban lasted one week, maybe. In my defense, these three were only $2.09 at Community Aid Thrift Store. #bookhaul

LeahBergen Thrift store books don't count. 😆 2y
UwannaPublishme A week is a long time! 😁 2y
kspenmoll Agree with @LeahBergen , thrift buying should never count!!! 2y
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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 7! Baltimore, 1849. Poe's body's in an unmarked grave. Everyone agrees he was a 2nd-rate writer who met a drunkard's disgraceful end. Except young lawyer Quentin Clark. Attempting to salvage the writer he admires, he finds unanswered questions the police willfully ignore. He must find the real-life model for Poe's fictional detective, Dupin. Enter political agents, a female assassin, slaves, & more. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

Bookcation74 I ❤️this book!! 2y
Lidia Sounds really interesting 2y
Leniverse Yes, that one's great! I also recommend, by the same author, 2y
breemariegarcia Ohhh I love all of Matthew Pearl's books! 2y
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AlobelThee
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#fiestyfeb The Poe Shadow has a great #deckleedge and the kind of oldie textured feel to the jacket cover. - It was a special find, at The Green Cottage Tea House, which featured a Victorian tea room, plus books and antiques. The shop happened to close from finance struggles, but in good news, it was how I met with and became a regular volunteer member of Georgina's northern Pioneer Village. I'm a farm-hat student guide there, in the month of May.

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Leniverse
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For the #FeistyFeb prompt #Shadows I bring you: Two H. P. Lovecraft stories with "shadow" in the title, a novel about the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Edgar Allan Poe, also with "shadow" in the title, and the tale of a boy and his shadow: The Wizard of Earthsea. All excellent stories!

RealLifeReading The Earthsea quartet is one of my faves. And I've got the same edition as yours! 3y
Leniverse @RealLifeReading I hold the first book to be one of the Great Classics of Western Literature, and the whole quartet is good. Due a reread soon, I think! 3y
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AlobelThee
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I avidly enjoyed this historic fiction detective case. Quentin's quest to investigate Poe's death comes with dangers and relationship conflicts, hilariously as the mysterious Bonjour, as a charming assassin, makes appearances to mix up his plans. Detective Duponte, with a bit of the Holmes feel, relates the Poe style while bringing up good points on the real unsolved mystery of Poe's end. 🕯read in Oct '09 #feistyfeb #shadows

StaceyKondla I loved The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl. I really need to read more of his books 3y
AlobelThee @StaceyKondla I enjoyed The Dante Club as well. It's really cool to see even more literature history novels by Matthew Pearl 🙂 exciting and well written in every way! 3y
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Purpleness
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There certainly are some forms of words I had not come across before in this book.😜

rachelm Love. 3y
StaceyKondla I need to read this! It's been sitting on my shelf forever... 3y
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BranCrisp
The Poe Shadow | Matthew Pearl

“I was not born in the woods to be scared by an owl.”

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BranCrisp
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Imprisonment, I might interrupt myself to say, does not merely produce a feeling of being alone. Your entire history of loneliness returns to you piece by piece, until the cell is a castle of your mental misery. The memories of solitude flood over all other thoughts of the present or the future. You are only yourself. That is the world; no poet of the penal system could devise anything harsher than that.

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BranCrisp
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“Mr. Clark, the most dangerous temptation in life is to forget to tend to your own business—you must learn to respect yourself enough to preserve your own interests. If pursuing the causes of others—even in charity—prevents your own happiness, you will be left with nothing.

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BranCrisp
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He was a human owl; his mental outings were nocturnal hunts.

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BranCrisp
The Poe Shadow | Matthew Pearl

Ratiocination. NOUN. The act of deliberate, calculated reasoning through the imagination and spirit; the intimate observation and forecasting of the complexities in human activity, especially the frequent simplicity in that activity. Not interchangeable with mere “calculus” or “logic.”

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BranCrisp
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A hackney cab driver told me that during that uprising he saw one of these villains...yell, “Je suis bien vengé!” and remove 15 or 16 human tongues from his pockets. He tossed them into the air before dying, and they landed on the shoulders and hats of the police, and even in one policeman‘s mouth.

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BranCrisp
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He was wildly red all over—his hair, his brow, his irritated, picked skin.

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Brandircolvin
The Poe Shadow | Matthew Pearl
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This book was really engaging at times, and really slow at other times. Overall, I enjoyed it. The mystery surrounding Poe's death keeps the reader wanting to learn the truth (or what the book portrays as the truth).