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read The Secret History mobi Ö Paperback Î Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor a group of clever eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality tScover 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

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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 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 you can relate to anyone in this novel then I dismiss you as inherently bad In fact I fucking hate you Yes you because my guess is that as a modern day example of all the characters in this novel you probably have a goodreads account and read nothing but tome suh and write snide condescending long winded comments and boring as a brochure reviews jerking off whatever dense novelist or philosopher had previously caught the fancy of whatever other dense novelist or philosopher you had previously jerked off You blindly unuestioningly and completely assume the opinions of the few people on planet Earth who you so happen to think are by some random blip in the universe smarter than you Oh and remember when we went on that date when I was in Austin and it was the worst night of my life? You just wanted to hear yourself talk and you acted so astonished to have some wittle woman laughing at your prefab philosophical wankery? Coffee house intellectuals here is your mirror Now shuddupWhat a pressure cooker This is a 500 that you read like a 200 pager and watching Donna Tartt unspin her spool is really a delight damn you mean it's an enjoyable novel?? Pass Basically I don't want to give too much away but a bunch of insufferable Classics students get swept up in an Ancient Greek religious ceremony which results in some very real entanglements with both the law and icky human nature Gosh I really can't say much else without dowsing you in the spoilies and I don't want to be an asshole Like every single character in this story I truly cannot stress that enoughThe best aspect of the novel for me was witnessing the aftermath of an untimely death One of the main reasons I despise facebook at this point in my life is witnessing the carnage that ensues when someone passes away All that misplaced emotional exhibitionism Tartt really nails it when she's discussing the ricocheting effect that the death of our just godawfully full of shit character Bunny has on his campus All those melodramatic boo hoos like everybody in the entire city knew him oh so well I've watched this happen several times and it kinda makes me sick in my gut parts and embarrassed for everyone forever It's one thing to mourn but it's uite another to leach on other peoples' misery and milk it for attention or just something to do and the death of a young person just really brings that out in people And man Tartt pins it down here And it's gross and awkward like it doThis is not a spoiler unless you consider something mentioned in literally the first sentence of the prologue to be a spoilerOh the narrator you ask? Yeah he's an asshole too Don't seek comfort there because he's basically nothing than a lie factory wallpapered in tweed In fact it's really pretty rare to come across so many awful people in a single novel unless you're reading say Wuthering Heights If there is even one slightly endurable character in the novel it is Camilla and she just sort of flitters in and out of scenes apparition esue nigh unreadable almost like one of Jeffrey Euginedes' virgins And she spends all her time with these windbags soI don't know what else to say Murder mystery Late 80's early 90's private college setting Prep school intellectual snoots with lossa monies Shiny prose Fast pace woven out of not too much actual plot Good shit all aroundThanks are once again in order to goodreader Janice for spoiling me with wonderful free things And she gave me not one but two Donna Tartt novels Thanks Janice Did I review better this time? No? Well there's still hope I may revisit this and essplain myself better than my I woke up at noon and haven't had coffee yet self is able but every time I say that it ends up just being an empty promise Almost as empty as the characters in this novel And you if you are the sort of person who relates to the characters in this novel Let me restate how much I hate you

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The Secret HistoryUnder the influence of their charismatic classics professor a group of clever eccentric misfits at an elite New England college di 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 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 Classics majors who happen to have accidentally killed someone during a Bacchian rite they just happened to be conducting in their spare time That is a totally truthful depiction of some of the events in the book but it is not what the book is ABOUT I will do my best to convince you to pick it up in other ways Without further ado here are five things about THE SECRET HISTORY1 This is not a new book All of your friends have already read it You probably already have a copy of it actually that you picked up at some point in the last decade and now it molders in a box in your master bedroom closet the one that you never unpacked last time you moved Right next to your college alarm clock and two boxes of 9 volt batteries and that shirt you can’t throw out because it was a gift The reason why I’m pointing out that it’s not a new book is because since reading it I’ve been told by several people that it is their Favorite Book Ever It is one thing for you to read a book six months before and maintain it as a Favorite Book It is something remarkable when a book can elicit a passionate response from readers twenty years after its publication 2 This book is full of terrible people Pretty much the lot of the people that our narrator Richard meets are awful in some way Self centered or elitist or potheads or sociopathic or just people with really loud voices in uiet places Even Richard is not exactly a great guy But the magic of this novel is that somehow you find these terrible people deeply sympathetic I need to go back and reread it to understand this strange enchantment How do I find them so charming? Why do I want them to like Richard? GIVE ME YOUR SECRETS BOOK3 This is not a whodunit You are told pretty much the Bad Thing That Happens in the prologue and you can see it coming like a comet for much of the book The effect of this however is to create a lovely unbearable tension and anticipation And when the moment comes — in a line that involves ferns — it is so deliciously awful I actually exhaled gloriously and put the book down for a moment because I was so delighted by the actual pay off 4 It’s long It’s over 200000 words long I think and 600 pages in my edition It took me five days to read it And it’s not just long it’s dense One of the blurbs on the inside of the jacket said that it read like a 19th century novel and I don’t think that’s at all unearned It takes its time developing atmosphere and character uirks and some of the days in the novel take dozens of pages to unfold It is not a novel to speed through It’s a novel to get stuck in I put it down when I got too tired when I felt like I was starting to skim 5 WHAT ELSE CAN I SAY? I adore the characters so much I adore the hint —the breath — of the supernatural I adore the slow building tension and the sense that I as a reader was being skillfully manipulated Yes that That last one I think that is what I love the most about this novel I get the idea that Donna Tartt was completely in control of this novel Everything is measured and deliberate and just perfectly done and I trust her entirely Fifty pages in I knew that she was going to tell me a story I was going to enjoy even if I had no idea what it was going to be Man I just am going to flail about some Go read it