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The Secret History by Donna Tartt
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Mar 26, 12

bookshelves: coming-of-age, modern-classic, suspence, reading-group-selection
Read from April 13 to 14, 2007 — I own a copy

The Secret History was the April 2007 selection for one of my reading groups and when I did begin to read it I found it almost impossible to put down and finished it within a couple of days. It wasn't quite as much as a hit with other members of the group who found the main characters unlikeable and felt a little lost with the classical references. While no scholar of Greek literature my interest in the ancient mystery traditions and their modern resonances perhaps made it more accessible especially the material on Dionysus and divine intoxication. I also feel that part of the point of the novel is that its main characters are flawed and self-absorbed.

Not only does the novel reference ancient Greek literature but it unfolds for the characters and the reader very much as a Greek tragedy. I found it a powerful and engaging novel and I am glad to have finally read it.

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