The Secret History

The Secret History

By Donna Tartt

  • Release Date: 1992-09-05
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
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Description

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.

Reviews

  • ccaero75

    4
    By OfficePro1
    This was a good read, not as good as The Goldfinch. I felt the end was rushed and wrapped up quickly.
  • Exquisite!

    5
    By Atslee
    What a writer!
  • Incredible

    5
    By RiseAgainstItAll71
    Finished this a couple weeks ago and I loved it a lot. Easily one of my favorite books. Beautiful imagery and haunting story. The use of a biased/unreliable narrator makes it that much better to break down.
  • The Secret History

    3
    By Eleanordee
    Donna Tart's characters are always interesting but dark. She has an exceptional descriptive style, making you feel like you've been to her locations. The protagonists seem very real in a depressing way. Her books can be hard to put down; you want some slices of light to filter in but it doesn't happen and since she makes you root for a good ending, it is disappointing.
  • pales in comparison to the goldfinch

    3
    By lwooten
    read after the goldfinch. lacks the depth of character development and emotional force. found myself coming back to the story just tofinish it, not because it had its hooks in me. clearly donna tartt had not hit her stride yet.
  • AMAZING

    5
    By VGguevara
    I found this book through a recommendation from a blog, it took a while for me to purchase the book, but boy, it was definitely worth it. The author put their heart into this book, making you feel as if the narrator, Richard, was literally talking to you and making you feel as if you're living every detail. It's such an amazing book, with rich words, and every sentence you read makes you want to read more and more. I couldn't take my eyes of my phone while reading this. This is a MUST GET! I loved it, and I know that you will too.
  • The Secret History

    4
    By Sunshinesmom
    Intelligent. Dark.
  • A Rare Good Read

    5
    By $$kgplayer$$
    Mesmerized me for an entire weekend...a shadowy mystery that reminds me of The Magus, My Cousin Rachael..the characters, the story...one of those books to read over and over.
  • 100 Words or Less

    3
    By JRubino
    Such a strange novel. It’s not bad. Well written and good characters. Oh sure, in the middle, it seems interesting enough and there are a few surprises. Yet … in the end, there’s no real impact. After a couple of weeks, it was hard for me to even remember some of the details. After a month, most of the novel draws a complete blank. That only shows me how lacking in depth the whole story is. The characters are so esoteric and fringe, that their fate carries no meaning. I didn’t really care that much.
  • My very favorite book of all times

    5
    By Silkwords
    I have read and reread this classic The characters are like family to me so much hidden wisdom in this tale a Greek Tragedy unfolds on the first few paragraphs and you are taken on a beautiful well written ride that you never quite leave Recommend beyond recommend this book and look forward to all writings by Ms Tartt

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