The Secret History

The Secret History

eBook - 2002
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Donna Tartt, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for her most recent novel, The Goldfinch, established herself as a major talent with The Secret History, which has become a contemporary classic.

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 their lives are changed profoundly and forever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Baker & Taylor
A transfer student from a small town in California, Richard Papen is determined to affect the ways of his Hampden College peers, and he begins his intense studies under the tutelage of eccentric Julian Morrow. BOMC & QPB Alt. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2002, c1992
ISBN: 9780307765697
0307765695
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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gold1fishes
Aug 04, 2017

I admit I could not stop turning pages and read this book in about 2 days, staying up until 2 AM both times. And, it's kinda a joke, I had to stop and laugh at a lot of parts just because of how absurd these snobby children's sense of superiority is. It's a bit sensational... The characters, suspense, and slow indirect plot revelations are really well done.

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dirtbag
Aug 04, 2017

I gave her a high rating because this woman writes better than anyone else I can think of, but the book will not appeal to everyone. It is a story about unusual, amoral characters who exist in an amoral setting and who eventually do evil things. I didn't find any of the characters appealing and kept wondering throughout whether Tartt spent a year in research before she started writing, or whether she is just a strange Geek. I googled her and discovered she is the latter.

EvaELPL Jun 28, 2017

A dark, twisting story about murder, Greco-Roman classicism, and boarding school, this story is elevated to a sum greater than its parts by Donna Tartt's impeccable writing. None of the characters here are especially likable, but Tartt writes them so brilliantly you'll be instantly drawn in by them anyway.

multcolib_susannel May 06, 2017

The question is not who killed Bunny, but why.

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Soundreader
Feb 18, 2017

I read this book AFTER I read The Goldfinch, based on the recommendations of many friends and family members and I was disappointed. There have been many comparisons of The Goldfinch to The Secret History but I did not find them. In fact, all of the aspects that I loved about Tartt's writing in The Goldfinch, such as her characters and rich descriptions, irritated me with this story, which I found to be unrealistic. I also did not enjoy any of the characters the way that I did with The Goldfinch.

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posie12
Jan 08, 2017

This book makes you examine the persuasive ability of someone's peers. At one point I wanted Bunny dead too!

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tayse
Jan 05, 2017

This book was too dark, but more than that, I found no one to like.

VaughanPLAlyssia Jan 03, 2017

First I loved this book, then I hated it, then I loved it again. And now a week after I finished it, I can’t stop thinking about it. Stories about preppy college students with self-induced problems are my jam, for some reason. I am having such a hard time finding similar books to appease my withdrawal. I might just read this one all over again.

ChiPubLib_Adults Sep 14, 2016

Fall is in the air and classes are back in session. It's the perfect time for Donna Tartt's modern classic. Set against the backdrop of academic life, The Secret History, is a dark tale about an inner circle of students whose intense study of ancient Greek language and culture leads them to commit a heinous crime. The pace quickens as the group struggles to keep their secret under wraps and they begin to turn on each other. Tartt will have you up late cramming, but in a thoroughly enjoyable way.

Marlowe Aug 24, 2016

I really disliked this book, which doesn't happen often. Usually I can find a redeeming feature, but I simply struggled to power through this work. Even at the end, I didn't find my perseverance rewarded. The novel is long, dry, and despite what would usually be compelling events, lacking in action or even emotion. I think a major issue is that the characters are not sympathetic, and the narrator is given so little description, its hard to connect with him. This leads the reader to ask over and over, "why do I care?"

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gold1fishes
Aug 04, 2017

actually they're studying ancient Greek, and their social bond is a sense of superiority over the other students as well as local working-class people, and they do horrible things over the course of 1 school year, told from point of view of an incoming freshman who pretends to be rich like them because he admires their inhumane snobbery and is bored and ashamed of his own background.

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booksophie
Jun 01, 2016

Six college friends become more closely connected through their secluded study of Latin, but all they believed to be true about one another and their intentions crumbles when a series of unpredictable events spirals out of control.

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VV12
Aug 19, 2015

VV12 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Aug 18, 2015

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rebmartin31
Jun 02, 2016

"Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation."

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