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  1. says:

    flings myself onto a chaise lounge and wails dramatically The fact that I’m not a part of an elitist circle of young scholars who uote Classics over dirty Martinis and toast to living forever and who might also be compelled to commit murder because they got too consumed by their Greek homework is the real tragedy here What’s t

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    This novel like so many other first novels is full of everything that the author wants to show off about herself Like a freshman who

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    Five Things About The Secret History This is going to be a difficult book for me to talk about I finished it day

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    “Beauty is terror Whatever we call beautiful we uiver before it” I have never read anything like this book in my entire life I la

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    The first paragraph of The Secret History roughly sums up the mood of the book In it the narrator Richard Papen says that he thinks his fatal flaw is 'a morbid longing for the picturesue at all costs' If you can relate to these words chances are you'll love The Secret History If not you'll probably wonder what

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    ‘beauty is rarely soft or consolatory uite the contrary genuine beauty is always uite alarming’ and oh how alarmingly beautiful this story is as all the best greek tragedies tend to be; full of sorrow and struggle but often accompanied by pure loyalty and divine inspiration gosh i just i cant even right now on the surface this book is great but donna tartt is an absolute goddess of writing for the sheer depth of this

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    First of all if you are one of those people who dismiss a book as inherently bad simply because you just couldn't relaaa yeeete to aunnny of the charaaactaaaars gum smack smack smack then do not read this book If you can relate to anyone in this novel then I dismiss you as inherently bad In fact I fucking hate you Yes you because my guess is that as a modern day example of all the characters in this novel you probably have a goodr

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    read my recollections of my time in the classics department at a college in New England full review of this book here is the problem with rev

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    Apparently the New York Times described The Secret History as PowerfulEnthrallingA ferociously well paced entertainment and Time said A smart craftsman like viscerally compelling novelVery funny guys ha ha and all that They

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    lol why is this on my tbr and why yall keep liking it

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The Secret History

Scover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries But when they go beyon The first paragraph of The Secret History roughly sums up the mood of the book In it the narrator Richard Papen says that he thinks his fatal flaw is a morbid longing for the picturesue at all costs If you can relate to these words chances are you ll love The Secret History If not you ll probably wonder what the fuss is all about Personally I can totally relate to these words so I love the book I ve read it over half a dozen times and while I do think it has its problems I never fail to find it utterly gripping The Secret History is both an intellectual novel of ideas and a murder mystery without the whodunnit element The reader learns right on the first page that Richard and his friends have killed one among their midst The rest of the book goes on to explain how they came to their gruesome deed and what happened to them afterwards Against all odds it makes for compelling reading despite the fact that you know right from the start who the killers are Such is the power of Tartt s writing that you find yourself turning page after page waiting for answers justifications and possibly a sign of remorse Once these have been dealt with the book loses a bit of its power but until that time it s near perfectDonna Tartt s great gift as a writer is her magnificent talent for description Her evocation of life at a small private university in New England with its oddball mix of ivory tower intellectuals and ditzy cokeheads is rich in detail both shocking and funny If it s not entirely realistic she makes it so Likewise her skill at characterisation is superb While Richard is not entirely convincing as a male narrator a fact I find noticeable every time I re read the book he and his friends make up a fascinating cast of characters six aloof self absorbed and arrogant intellectuals who are obsessed with ancient Greece and don t particularly care for modern life They re snobs and they have major issues but somehow that only makes them alluring Together they form the ultimate inner circle the kind of tight knit group you know should always stay together Which makes it almost understandable that they should be willing to kill anyone who might jeopardise that group dynamic incomprehensible though this may seem to the average readerI can think of many reasons why The Secret History strikes such a chord with me For one thing I have a thing for timeless and ethereal stories and this is one of those Somehow the book has a dreamlike almost hypnotic uality despite it being very firmly set in the rather unromantic 1980s I love that For another thing I have always been drawn to the unabashedly intellectual and this book has that in spades It makes geekdom alluring and I just love Tartt for that I wish I were as geeky as HenryUltimately what I think I respond to most in The Secret History is the friendship aspect The Secret History is very much a book about friendship It s about the very human yearning to belong and be accepted by people we admire It s about the sacrifices we make to keep friendships intact the insecurity we feel when we think we might not be completely accepted by our friends after all and the paranoia we experience when it seems our friends may have betrayed us About the feeling of invincibility we get from having great friends and the melancholy and loneliness that follow the disintegration of a once great friendship The book basically reads like an elegy on a great friendship and one doesn t necessarily have to share Richard s intellectual attitude towards life his morality or even his morbid longing for the picturesue to be able to relate to that It s enough to have yearned for close friendship and been insecure in friendship And let s face it who hasn tI do not think The Secret History is a perfect book As I said I find Richard somewhat unconvincing as a male character there is too much about him that screams female author to me Further the ending is decidedly weak although to be fair I have no idea how else Tartt could have finished her book The story does seem to be inexorably heading in that particular direction Insofar as the ending reflects the disintegration that is going on in the characters lives it could probably be said to be appropriate Still I wish Tartt could have come up with something on a par with the rest of the book If she had this would have been a six star book I don t know many of those Her Babys Bodyguard (Eagle Squadron you can relate to these words chances are If Wishes Were...Daddies you ll love The Secret History If not West of Heaven you ll probably wonder what the fuss is all about Personally I can totally relate to these words so I love the book I ve read it over half a dozen times and while I do think it has its problems I never fail to find it utterly gripping The Secret History is both an intellectual novel of ideas and a murder mystery without the whodunnit element The reader learns right on the first page that Richard and his friends have killed one among their midst The rest of the book goes on to explain how they came to their gruesome deed and what happened to them afterwards Against all odds it makes for compelling reading despite the fact that Putting Out of Your Mind you know right from the start who the killers are Such is the power of Tartt s writing that Under the Knife / Whistleblower you find Warrior Rising (The Esri yourself turning page after page waiting for answers justifications and possibly a sign of remorse Once these have been dealt with the book loses a bit of its power but until that time it s near perfectDonna Tartt s great gift as a writer is her magnificent talent for description Her evocation of life at a small private university in New England with its oddball mix of ivory tower intellectuals and ditzy cokeheads is rich in detail both shocking and funny If it s not entirely realistic she makes it so Likewise her skill at characterisation is superb While Richard is not entirely convincing as a male narrator a fact I find noticeable every time I re read the book he and his friends make up a fascinating cast of characters six aloof self absorbed and arrogant intellectuals who are obsessed with ancient Greece and don t particularly care for modern life They re snobs and they have major issues but somehow that only makes them alluring Together they form the ultimate inner circle the kind of tight knit group Mistress at a Price you know should always stay together Which makes it almost understandable that they should be willing to kill anyone who might jeopardise that group dynamic incomprehensible though this may seem to the average readerI can think of many reasons why The Secret History strikes such a chord with me For one thing I have a thing for timeless and ethereal stories and this is one of those Somehow the book has a dreamlike almost hypnotic uality despite it being very firmly set in the rather unromantic 1980s I love that For another thing I have always been drawn to the unabashedly intellectual and this book has that in spades It makes geekdom alluring and I just love Tartt for that I wish I were as geeky as HenryUltimately what I think I respond to most in The Secret History is the friendship aspect The Secret History is very much a book about friendship It s about the very human Raintree (Raintree, yearning to belong and be accepted by people we admire It s about the sacrifices we make to keep friendships intact the insecurity we feel when we think we might not be completely accepted by our friends after all and the paranoia we experience when it seems our friends may have betrayed us About the feeling of invincibility we get from having great friends and the melancholy and loneliness that follow the disintegration of a once great friendship The book basically reads like an elegy on a great friendship and one doesn t necessarily have to share Richard s intellectual attitude towards life his morality or even his morbid longing for the picturesue to be able to relate to that It s enough to have The Mediterranean Millionaires Mistress yearned for close friendship and been insecure in friendship And let s face it who hasn tI do not think The Secret History is a perfect book As I said I find Richard somewhat unconvincing as a male character there is too much about him that screams female author to me Further the ending is decidedly weak although to be fair I have no idea how else Tartt could have finished her book The story does seem to be inexorably heading in that particular direction Insofar as the ending reflects the disintegration that is going on in the characters lives it could probably be said to be appropriate Still I wish Tartt could have come up with something on a par with the rest of the book If she had this would have been a six star book I don t know many of those

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D the boundaries of normal morality they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal and at last inexorably into evil First of all if you are one of those people who dismiss a book as inherently bad simply because you just couldn t relaaa yeeete to aunnny of the charaaactaaaars gum smack smack smack then do not read this book If you can relate to anyone in this novel then I dismiss you as inherently bad In fact I fucking hate you Yes you because my guess is that as a modern day example of all the characters in this novel you probably have a goodreads account and read nothing but tome suh and write snide condescending long winded comments and boring as a brochure reviews jerking off whatever dense novelist or philosopher had previously caught the fancy of whatever other dense novelist or philosopher you had previously jerked off You blindly unuestioningly and completely assume the opinions of the few people on planet Earth who you so happen to think are by some random blip in the universe smarter than you Oh and remember when we went on that date when I was in Austin and it was the worst night of my life You just wanted to hear yourself talk and you acted so astonished to have some wittle woman laughing at your prefab philosophical wankery Coffee house intellectuals here is your mirror Now shuddupWhat a pressure cooker This is a 500 that you read like a 200 pager and watching Donna Tartt unspin her spool is really a delight damn you mean it s an enjoyable novel Pass Basically I don t want to give too much away but a bunch of insufferable Classics students get swept up in an Ancient Greek religious ceremony which results in some very real entanglements with both the law and icky human nature Gosh I really can t say much else without dowsing you in the spoilies and I don t want to be an asshole Like every single character in this story I truly cannot stress that enoughThe best aspect of the novel for me was witnessing the aftermath of an untimely death One of the main reasons I despise facebook at this point in my life is witnessing the carnage that ensues when someone passes away All that misplaced emotional exhibitionism Tartt really nails it when she s discussing the ricocheting effect that the death of our just godawfully full of shit character Bunny has on his campus All those melodramatic boo hoos like everybody in the entire city knew him oh so well I ve watched this happen several times and it kinda makes me sick in my gut parts and embarrassed for everyone forever It s one thing to mourn but it s uite another to leach on other peoples misery and milk it for attention or just something to do and the death of a young person just really brings that out in people And man Tartt pins it down here And it s gross and awkward like it doThis is not a spoiler unless you consider something mentioned in literally the first sentence of the prologue to be a spoilerOh the narrator you ask Yeah he s an asshole too Don t seek comfort there because he s basically nothing than a lie factory wallpapered in tweed In fact it s really pretty rare to come across so many awful people in a single novel unless you re reading say Wuthering Heights If there is even one slightly endurable character in the novel it is Camilla and she just sort of flitters in and out of scenes apparition esue nigh unreadable almost like one of Jeffrey Euginedes virgins And she spends all her time with these windbags soI don t know what else to say Murder mystery Late 80 s early 90 s private college setting Prep school intellectual snoots with lossa monies Shiny prose Fast pace woven out of not too much actual plot Good shit all aroundThanks are once again in order to goodreader Janice for spoiling me with wonderful free things And she gave me not one but two Donna Tartt novels Thanks Janice Did I review better this time No Well there s still hope I may revisit this and essplain myself better than my I woke up at noon and haven t had coffee yet self is able but every time I say that it ends up just being an empty promise Almost as empty as the characters in this novel And you if you are the sort of person who relates to the characters in this novel Let me restate how much I hate you

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Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor a group of clever eccentric misfits at an elite New England college di flings myself onto a chaise lounge and wails dramatically The fact that I m not a part of an elitist circle of young scholars who uote Classics over dirty Martinis and toast to living forever and who might also be compelled to commit murder because they got too consumed by their Greek homework is the real tragedy here What s this book about Murder always makes an auspicious beginning for any good storyBunny is dead and his friends mercenary relief at having him gone didn t take long before it turned sour In The Secret History the venom of remembrance falls to Richard Papen and the bulk of the book concerns itself with the months leading up to that point This is the story I will ever be able to tell says Richard and with that the still depths of memory come shivering back to lifeIn the days after Richard Papen sets foot at Hampden College he is aimless as unsteady as a poorly made bow suffering a deep pang of loneliness and dejection But then all of a sudden at the center of it all in a pocket of stillness within the simmering nest of his life was them A cliue of rich and sophisticated classic majors who drift about with their heads full of myths always at least half lost in some ancient story and who worship at the shrine of their highly eccentric professor Julian Morrow The closeness between them was palpable and something about that struck Richard with a deep allure They weren t exactly unfriendly with the rest of the world they were just friendlier with each other and Richard spared no efforts in impressing on them that he could fit in as well To that end Richard changed everything even the fabric of himself adorning embroidering essentially reinventing the less glamorous aspects of his life He was like a ghost interposing himself between lovers to feel what it was like to be alive and that so much death would dog his heels soon afterwards is a brutal ironyAs in any group there is tension of course but it never grew very heated between them Neither did it ever uite abate It was the tension of minds meeting of differing interests not the tension of a world about to become terribly complicated ending in tragedy six souls forfeit A world where murder and lies and treachery were nothing but a currency they used to pay for the rest of their lives Let God consume us devour us unstring our bones Then spit us out reborn

  • Paperback
  • 559
  • The Secret History
  • Donna Tartt
  • English
  • 20 August 2018
  • 9781400031702

About the Author: Donna Tartt

Donna Tartt is an American writer who received critical acclaim for her first two novels The Secret History and The Little Friend which have been translated into thirty languages Tartt was the 2003 winner of the WH Smith Literary Award for The Little Friend Her novel The Goldfinch won the Pulitzer Prize in 2014 The daughter of Don and Taylor Tartt she was born in Greenwood Mississippi but r