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The Secret History by Donna Tartt
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Jul 29, 08

bookshelves: english, filosofie, psychology, romans
Recommended for: everyone
Read in September, 1993

Another one of my all time favorites.
A group of friends goes to university together and falls under the spell of a teacher and ancient Greek mythologie and filosofie. During an orgie of sex and violence they kill an innocent man. Under the pressure of this murder they all fall to pieces emotionally and die or committ suicide. I love how the writer descrbes the personalities and the ties that bind them till the end, when the last one to go sits waiting in the hallway in front of the gates of Heaven, waiting to meet his maker and that the book ends there. Leaving us with the question: where is he going? where are his friends and lovers? who will he meet in that room across the hallway? what will be said? Who did the actual killing that night? what really happened? and of course: who is guilty?
Those questions will never be answered, but the book is so well written, the personages are so lovable (with all their faults and weaknesses) that you can't help hoping that there will be some form of mercy, even for the killer(s).
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