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The Secret History Free Read author Donna Tartt

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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 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 reviewing every book I read Sometimes I throw around terms before I really need them and then once I read THE book The Story that reuires and deserves that descriptor I have nothing to give itRight now I have this problem Because I have used the word immersive before and immediately upon my completion of this book it became clear that I should have saved it for right nowI felt like I lived inside these pages I felt like I began to think in the beautiful and sharp prose that fills them I felt like I knew the characters ate decadent lunches and walked the snowy campus and whispered with them I felt an aching emptiness a genuine longing when I read the final wordsI miss living hereThis was very very slow to the point that about halfway through I said inexplicably aloud I don t know what they ll even do for the rest of the book and yet I was gripped by itIt s genuinely masterfulI love Richard and I LOVE Camilla and I love Francis and I fine okay at least like Charles and Henry and even Bunny and JulianAnd I miss them allThis is an incredible work but maybe the most incredible thing is how the reader is Richard I too miss my bygone days at my prestigious New England college with my whip smart group of eccentric friends and like him I am too uickly forced to realize the fallacy of such a feelingAfter all it was all a fictionBottom line I m raising this to a five star rating you ll have to excuse me i d love to actually write something here but my brain is broken and i am incapable of thoughtalso seems absurd to try to use words when donna tartt took all the good onesreview to come 45 stars me is slightly behind on my reading challengealso me starts a 600 page book

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The Secret History

Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor a group of clever eccentric misfits at an elite New England college di 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 annoys everyone with her overbearing sense of importance and unfathomable potential Donna Tartt wrote this book as though the world couldn t wait to read about all of the bottled up personal beliefs literary references and colorfully apt metaphors that she had been storing up since the age of 17The most fundamentally unlikable thing about this book is that all of the characters each and every one of them are snobby greedy amoral pretentious melodramatic and selfish The six main characters are all students at a small and apparently somewhat undemanding college in Vermont studying ancient Greek with a professor who s so stereotypically gay as to be a homosexual version of a black face pantomime In between bouts of translating Greek the students end up murdering two people and then devolve into incoherent drunken boring decay The best thing I can euate this book to is the experience of listening to someone else s dream or listening to a very drunk friend ramble on and on and on revealing a little too much awkward personal information in the process The climax of The Secret History s narrative was around page 200 but the book was 500 pages long So essentially this book contained 300 pages of scenes where the characters do nothing but drink alcohol smoke cigarettes go to the hospital for drinking so much alcohol and smoking so many cigarettes get pulled over for drunk driving talk about alcohol and cigarettes do cocaine and gossip about each other while drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettesTartt s writing was sometimes genuinely good at establishing a thrilling and suspenseful mood but other times especially toward the end her writing became the kind of self conscious contrived empty prose that I can imagine someone writing just to fill out a page until a good idea comes to them kind of like how joggers will jog in place while waiting for a traffic light That kind of writing practice is fineas long as the editor is smart enough to cut it before the final copy The last 300 pages were the authorial euivalent of that kind of jogging while going nowhere and it soured the whole book for meIn the book s attempt to comment on the privilege self interest and academic snobbery of rich college kids in New England the book itself comes to be just as self absorbed and obsessive as its characters it turns into a constant litany of unnecessary conversations sexual tensions that go nowhere purple prose descriptions of the landscape contrived plot twists that fizzle out and forced overblown metaphors The confusing part was that Tartt seemed to identify with and expect us to identify with these students not to admire them for murdering people obviously but to respect and envy their precious contempt for everything modern and popular as though they lived on a higher plane than normal people The cliche of academic types being remote from the mundane world and out of touch with reality may have a grain of truth to it but Tartt took that cliche way too far The story is set in the early 90s and yet some of the characters had never heard of ATMs and they still wrote with fountain pens drove stick shift cars cultivated roses in their backyards wore suits and ties to class and said things like I say old man Did I mention that this story is set in the early 90s It got to the point where all the anachronisms came to seem ridiculous and gratuitous Ostensibly the point of the novel was to critiue the point of view that privileged academics are somehow superior to the average person but Tartt seemed too enad of her own characters and the endearing way they held cigarettes between their fingers to really allow that kind of critiue to be successful Maybe Tartt s second novel managed to get away from the claustrophobic selfishness of The Secret History but I don t feel up to reading it after this

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Scover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries But when they go beyon 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 book its a work of absolute brilliance i was never a classics student but as someone who has taken an interest in the subject over the years i cant even express my geeky joy for how multifaceted and layered this story is by exemplifying fatal flaws dissecting the apollonian vs dionysian philosophical theory personalising the mask of death understanding the action and stagnation of life and realising the lifelong uest for the picturesue this story is a modern greek tragedy and a classic in its own right wow i will be thinking about this book for uite some time 45 stars


10 thoughts on “The Secret History

  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 this book about Murder always makes an auspicious beginning for any good storyBunny is dea

  2. says:

    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 annoys ev

  3. says:

    Five Things About The Secret History This is going to be a difficult book for me to talk about I finished it days ago but I find myself a little verklempt I’ll admit It’s been a long time since a book has stuck with me so completely as this one and I say that having had a uite remarkable year for memorable reading So the summary is straig

  4. says:

    “Beauty is terror Whatever we call beautiful we uiver before it” I have never read anything like this book in my entire life I laid in bed for over an hour last night upon finishing this book just tossing and

  5. says:

    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

  6. says:

    ‘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 book it

  7. says:

    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

  8. says:

    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 reviewing every book I read Sometimes I throw around terms before I really

  9. says:

    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're such jolly jokesters They'll have you believing anything The Secret History is complete tripe no that's harsh let me put it another way it's COMPLETE TRIPE oh dear this keyboard has a mind of its

  10. says:

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

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