The Technologists by Matthew Pearl
A Novel

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As the drama mounts, and the book gets increasingly explosive, “The Technologists” ought to be smoke-spouting, magnet-whacking fun. But it remains labored, stymied by stuffy dialogue and by Mr. Pearl’s signature insistence on too many plot threads.
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“A terrific historical mystery in the fine old Arthur Conan Doyle style . . . Who knew that a mystery formed around the founding of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could be so good? . . . There are cliffhanger endings and fortuitous escapes. . . . There are even a couple of very sweet romances.”—The Globe and Mail
 
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Boston, 1868. The Civil War may be over but a new war has begun, one between past and present, tradition and technology. The daring Massachusetts Institute of Technology is on a mission to harness science for the benefit of all. But when an unnatural disaster strikes the ships in Boston Harbor, and an equally inexplicable catastrophe devastates the heart of the city, an antiscience backlash casts a pall over MIT and threatens its very survival. So the best and brightest from the Institute’s first graduating class secretly join forces to save innocent lives and track down the truth. Armed with ingenuity and their unique scientific training, gifted war veteran Marcus Mansfield, blueblood Robert Richards, genius Edwin Hoyt, and brilliant freshman Ellen Swallow will match wits with a master criminal bent on the utter destruction of the city.
 
Don’t miss Matthew Pearl’s short story “The Professor’s Assassin,” featuring characters from The Technologists, in the back of the book.
 
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About Matthew Pearl

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Matthew Pearl is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dante Club and the editor of the Modern Library editions of Dante's Inferno (translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) and Edgar Allan Poe's The Murders in the Rue Morgue: The Dupin Tales. The Dante Club has been published in more than thirty languages and forty countries around the world. Pearl is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School and has taught literature at Harvard and at Emerson College. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He can be reached via his website, www.matthewpearl.com.To schedule a speaking engagement, please contact American Program Bureau at www.apbspeakers.com From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published February 21, 2012 by Random House. 578 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by JAMES PARKER on Feb 24 2012

...500 pages long? There is a type of reader, I think, who likes to munch, munch, munch his way through a book like this...my own taste for shorter and flashier books is probably explained by the many hours of Donkey Kong I played in my youth.

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Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Feb 22 2012

As the drama mounts, and the book gets increasingly explosive, “The Technologists” ought to be smoke-spouting, magnet-whacking fun. But it remains labored, stymied by stuffy dialogue and by Mr. Pearl’s signature insistence on too many plot threads.

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