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The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Fictional story of friends at an upscale New England college and what happens when they accidentally commit a murder.

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A Quick Tip by LauraWalters

  • Jul 1, 2010
Fascinating look at an offbeat topic. It will keep you turning pages until the end.
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review by . December 31, 2010
Tartt's story, about a college student who wheedles his way into an exclusive group of eccentric Greek majors at a small liberal arts college and participates in the murder (and subsequent cover-up) of one of his new friends, is straight-up creepy, but her world and its characters are so fully realized that, were I not afraid of freezing to death in an unheated Vermont warehouse or being shoved off a cliff and left for dead, I'd want to curl up and live inside this book. Tartt's language is powerfully …
review by . June 28, 2010
To the moderate, modern sensibility, grief is experienced as a mild synthesis of opposites.  We bear up and keep a stiff upper lip.  Yet we're expected to lapse in this, to occasionally let symptoms of grief break through.  We have the 'social support network,' but other people do not directly, vocally share in our grief; we don't indulge in mass lamentation.  The terrible things that happen to us are seen as horrible, random accidents; but we're counseled …
review by . June 17, 2010
The story begins with the main character, Richard, who is trying to find a way out of his "miserable" (re: middle class) life in California. He applies to a private college in Vermont and is accepted. Once there, he decides to major in Greek and meets the other characters in the story--Henry, Francis, Camilla, Charles, and Bunny. These characters are all from wealthy families and, out of boredom, attempt to recreate ancient Greek rituals. They actually succeed at one point, but during …
review by . July 11, 2010
Compulsively readable
I’ve read this book probably half a dozen times since I first picked it up in as an undergraduate. It’s so thoroughly addictive, for a number of reasons. First, Tartt accomplishes the difficult feat of writing an intellectual novel that is obsessively detail-oriented and yet is an incredibly well-paced mystery. You learn about a murder on the first page, and then the whole novel unravels for you how it happened, with liberal doses of ancient Greek literary and philosophical references …
Quick Tip by . June 21, 2010
LONG LONG LONG. But interesting characters.
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