The Secret History
The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.
In this brilliant debut novel, Donna Tartt gives us a richly textured and hypnotic story of golden youth corrupted by its own moral arrogance.
Richard Papen had never been to New England before his nineteenth year. Then he arrived at Hamp...more
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To Julian, I think the first killing wasn't intended from the outset - it wasn't sought after, but when the opportunity to live life to its extremes, as dark as they may be, was presented it couldn't be resisted. And it achieved its goal - Henry said himself that he felt exalted. I don't think Julian expected that it would lead to Bunny's murder, and when it did his guilt at turning them in to such people lead him to run.
Oh Henry....we'll be together again one day.... 3(less)
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 quite remarkable year for memorable reading. So, the summary is straightforward and completely unhelpful: a Californian boy arrives at a private New England college where he falls in with a bunch of snooty but delightful C ...more
Very 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 own! and is very firm about its opinions too! - b ...more
Apparently Donna Tartt was well-versed in this theme, as it is prevalent in The Secret History. The gist of Nietzsche’s theory is that the ancient Greeks attained such a high level of culture mainly due to their personal struggle between the opposing philosophies of Apollo and Dionysus; Apollo being the god of art, a ...more
Yeah, it sounds like the crime books I usually read but it's a whole lot deeper than that. This is one of those Big Important Books, full of things like themes and literary references. Like Jim Thompson getting the sauce under control and writing about coll ...more
Now begins my earlier revi ...more
“I suppose at one time in my life I might have had any number of stories, but now there is no other. This is the only story I will ever be able to tell.”
I'm still in limbo after finishing this book. Honestly, I don't know what I was expecting from The Secret History. This is one of those books were you finish the last page, put it down, and don't know what to do with yourself.
But walking through it all was one thing; walking away, unfortunately, has proved to be quite another, and though o...more
"A month or two before, I would have been appalled at the idea of any murder at all. But that Sunday afternoon, as I actually stood watching one, it seemed the easiest thing in the world."
this book starts and it's like: hello bitches, welcome to murder club. Here is Bunny, he is dead, he got murdered. strap the fuck in.
This book is actually not funny at all. It's about murder, lots of it. In the first page we find out a group of friends killed one of their own - we know the who-dunnit, this ...more
I can admit to all of that objectively. Subjectively, I feverishly read this in a day and fou ...more
And you sortof start to wonder, did he sta ...more
I do recall being just a little skeptical about how good the author's knowledge of classics was. It's not like I know anything about the subject - I did a couple of years of Latin at school, which I hated, and I only just passed my exams. But there were a couple of funny mome ...more
A truly gifted author can create the most unappealing character possible and still draw the audience to his/her side. Donna Tartt does exactly this with her main charact ...more
Anyway, using the "hair of the dog" theory, I'm turning back to this for a re-read. Maybe once I come out the other side I'll be recalibrated and ready for normal reading life again?
Great good gracious. I am honestly a bit tongue-tied, delirious ...more
How much do I love and admire Donna Tartt? (This is a rhetorical question; I love and admire her very, very, very much.)
I read this compulsively, single-mindedly, with the pure joy of reading sparked by the same excitement I remember having when reading The Goldfinch. She may have focussed on dark subject matter, she may have penned a story filled to the brim with selfish, unimpressed, spoiled brats, but GD can she WRITE. She's just so good. She ...more
Ya, I jumped on the bandwagon and got sucked into the hype. Sue me. I whole heartedly dove into this one and am sad ...more
Gustav Klimt, Alter of Dionysus, 1886
This incredibly intriguing and suspenseful story is told from the point of view of a middle-class California outsider among a group of sheltered, secretive, elitist snots at a college in Vermont who study the Classics and, for a night, worship at the alter of Dionysus to attain the ecstasy of the Immortals. A Greek ritual to these college kids is a good deal more serious than getting soused with your frat budd ...more
The plot moves slowly, but it has so much depth and complexity it needs to. I read this book after Tartt's The Little Friend (despite the lower reviews), and I a ...more
Μοναδικό αρνητικό του βιβλίου, το οποίο ξένισε και τους περισσότερους αναγνώστες, είναι η φλυαρία. Πράγματι, σε ορισμένα σημεία η Tartt είναι ένα τσικ παραπάνω φλύαρη, αλλά ακόμα και στα σημεία που η ιστορία ξεχηλώνει το βιβλίο παραμένει γοητευτικό, αρκεί να έχεις πιάσει το πνεύμα του (εδώ είναι που χάνει και το ένα αστεράκι).
Έχω ένα πρόβλημα όμως με αυτή τη συγγρα ...more
I took the chance...
It was a difficult read at first. I started it in March figuring I'd keep on trekking with this year's "Reading Challenge" after a good start in January and a failed continuation in February (zero read books that month!)... Somehow, it sat on my night-table throughout April with nothing ...more
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The daughter of Don and Taylor Tartt, she was born in Greenwood, Mississippi but raised 32 miles away in Grenada, Mississippi. At age five, she wrote her first poem, and she f ...more