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Donna Tartt ☆ 4 Read

Of normal morality they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and The Secret eBook #9734 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 History

Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor a group of clever eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a. flings myself onto a chaise lounge and wails dramatically The fact that I m not a part of an elitist circle of young scholars who uote Classics over dirty Martinis and toast to living forever and who might also be compelled to commit murder because they got too consumed by their Greek homework is the real tragedy here What s this book about Murder always makes an auspicious beginning for any good storyBunny is dead and his friends mercenary relief at having him gone didn t take long before it turned sour In The Secret History the venom of remembrance falls to Richard Papen and the bulk of the book concerns itself with the months leading up to that point This is the story I will ever be able to tell says Richard and with that the still depths of memory come shivering back to lifeIn the days after Richard Papen sets foot at Hampden College he is aimless as unsteady as a poorly made bow suffering a deep pang of loneliness and dejection But then all of a sudden at the center of it all in a pocket of stillness within the simmering nest of his life was them A cliue of rich and sophisticated classic majors who drift about with their heads full of myths always at least half lost in some ancient story and who worship at the shrine of their highly eccentric professor Julian Morrow The closeness between them was palpable and something about that struck Richard with a deep allure They weren t exactly unfriendly with the rest of the world they were just friendlier with each other and Richard spared no efforts in impressing on them that he could fit in as well To that end Richard changed everything even the fabric of himself adorning embroidering essentially reinventing the less glamorous aspects of his life He was like a ghost interposing himself between lovers to feel what it was like to be alive and that so much death would dog his heels soon afterwards is a brutal ironyAs in any group there is tension of course but it never grew very heated between them Neither did it ever uite abate It was the tension of minds meeting of differing interests not the tension of a world about to become terribly complicated ending in tragedy six souls forfeit A world where murder and lies and treachery were nothing but a currency they used to pay for the rest of their lives Let God consume us devour us unstring our bones Then spit us out reborn

review The Secret History

Way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries But when they go beyond the boundaries. Beauty is terror Whatever we call beautiful we uiver before it I have never read anything like this book in my entire life I laid in bed for over an hour last night upon finishing this book just tossing and turning and thinking about everything I just consumed I still don t think I can put my feelings into words but I can honestly say this book was a cathartic experience for me and the irony of the word catharsis being a Greek rooted word is not lost on me because if this book is anything it s a modern day Greek tragedy The Secret History is told in a uniue style which is a man reminiscing on some significant events that took place in his college life a bit over a year ago So we follow a younger version of Richard who is finally starting his life away from his abusive and poor family in California He gets accepted into an elite college in Vermont and moves across the county in hopes of a fresh start Upon arriving to the college Richard is denied entry into an Ancient Greek course because the professor that teaches it only allows enrollment to his small handpicked group of students that seem almost cult like Needless to say Richard becomes utterly obsessed with the five students in this group and the professor Julian Morrow himself And with a turn of good luck and by solving a Greek problem Richard is accepted into this exclusive groupYet in the prologue we find out that Richard and four others from the group murdered one of the other students who they are supposed to have a very close friendship with The Secret History is then told in two parts one being the events that took place leading up to the death of their fellow classmate and then one part being all the events that take place after he is murdered Bunny is the poor soul that is unfortunately murdered by his peers yet he s a racist bigot and you ll be kind of happy he s dead for the most part Richard as stated in all the paragraphs above is the narrator looking back on the events that took place Henry is my personal favorite but perhaps the worst of the bunch Or maybe the best I m not really sure but that s truly the beauty of this story Twins Charles and Camilla Charles is a bad alcoholic and drug user and Camilla steals most people s heart andor affection And lastly we have Francis who owns a country home that is the stage for many events that take place in this book Oh and everyone but Richard has money even though Richard tries his damnedest to keep that a secret What we did was terrible but still I don t think any of us were bad exactly chalk it up to weakness on my part hubris on Henry s too much Greek prose composition whatever you like All the characters are morally grey to just generally horrible people but you completely ignore it because Donna Tartt weaves this hypnotic spell with her writing that you feel like you are reading this book in a dream like lull The Secret History is unlike anything I ve ever read before and I m not sure I ll ever read anything uite like it again I also want to touch upon sexuality in this book because a lot of the members in this group are not straight in the slightest Like maybe the only ones that were completely straight were Bunny and Camilla I m not saying that the ueerness in this book is vilified but it s for sure not shown in the best of lights So please use caution while going into thisAnd this book is so very heavy in general so please use caution while reading ContentTrigger warnings for slut shaming use of the R word homophobia hate speech fatphobic comments racist comments animal cruelty sexual assault incest performing rituals suicide alcoholism drug abuse and murderI know this review is probably not one of my best and I know I m being super vague about all these big themes but this book is just on a whole other level Maybe this book is about five new adults dealing with the conseuences of murder in a very human and realistic way Maybe it s about how we are all just trying to fit in and find family by whatever unhealthy means available andor possible Maybe this book is about birth and death and how important the time between those two points truly is But I do believe with my whole heart that this book would best be experienced blind and to just go in and feel all the feelings that Donna Tartt will serve youWhile finishing the book me and Paloma had a discussion about the ending and how Greek heroes tales normally go We talked about how murder taints everything and how blood is the only thing that can purify it We talked about how wearing masks is so important yet death is another mask that we will all eventually wear God I m being so cryptic but if you ve read the book maybe this paragraph will mean something to you because it means the world to me Overall I know I sound like a broken record but this was one of the most uniue reading experiences of my life I honest to God just do not have the words to put in this review how this book made me feel I will say that it very much feels like a spell is being cast upon you while reading Like I am almost positive that Donna Tartt cannot be a human being because she is such an exclusive enigma Also I think I ve developed a huge crush on her so there s that at least I can say very confidently that I will remember this book and the feelings it gave me while reading for the rest of my life Beauty is rarely soft or consolatory uite the contrary Genuine beauty is always uite alarming Blog Twitter Tumblr Instagram Youtube Twitch Buddy read with Paloma


10 thoughts on “The Secret History

  1. says:

    flings myself onto a chaise lounge and wails dramatically The fact that I’m not a part of an elitist circle of young scholars who uote Clas

  2. says:

    This novel like so many other first novels is full of everything that the author wants to show off about herself Like a freshman who annoys everyone with her overbearing sense of importance and unfathomable potential Donna Tartt wrote this book as though the world couldn't wait to read about all of the bottled up personal beliefs literary r

  3. says:

    Five Things About The Secret History This is going to be a difficult book for me to talk about I finished it day

  4. says:

    “Beauty is terror Whatever we call beautiful we uiver before it” I have never read anything like this book in

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    The first paragraph of The Secr

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    ‘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 st

  7. says:

    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

  8. says:

    read my recollections of my time in the classics department at a college in New England full review of this book here is the problem with reviewing every book I read Sometimes I throw around terms before I really need them and then once I read THE book The Story that reuires and deserves that descriptor I have nothing to give itRight now I have this problem Because I have used the word “immersive” before and immediately upon my compl

  9. says:

    Apparently the New York Times described The Secret History as PowerfulEnthrallingA ferociously well paced enterta

  10. says:

    lol why is this on my tbr and why yall keep liking it

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