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The Secret History by Donna Tartt
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Feb 24, 2009

it was amazing
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Recommended to Liana by: Fabian, like, six years ago
Recommended for: college students
Read in March, 2009 , read count: 1

This book has left me with little more choice of words other than mystifying, heart-breaking, astounding, and genius. I'm glad I read it after taking a few undergrad humanities courses but before I was old enough to completely distance myself from the main characters. The book gripped me, and, as I'm known to make hyperbolic statements every now and then, I would like to say that it affected my life. Tremendously. Donna Tartt is an inspiration, and not just that. Her writing is horrifyingly beautiful, tinged with a sense of humor I wish I encounted more often in the real world.
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Donna Tartt
“Beauty is rarely soft or consolatory. Quite the contrary. Genuine beauty is always quite alarming.”
Donna Tartt, The Secret History

Donna Tartt
“Does such a thing as 'the fatal flaw,' that showy dark crack running down the middle of a life, exist outside literature? I used to think it didn't. Now I think it does. And I think that mine is this: a morbid longing for the picturesque at all costs.”
Donna Tartt, The Secret History

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Fabian like 8 years too late...

Liana Mean.

message 3: by Terri (new)

Terri wow-great review. what is the premise of the book?

Liana It's just about some New England college students that are embroiled in a murder. But the writing is SO good.

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