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Characters Í PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ Donna Tartt The Secret History Characters à PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Donna Tartt ☆ 2 Read & download Scover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries But when they go beyon. The first paragraph of The Secret History roughly sums up the mood of the book In it the narrator Richard Papen says that he thinks his fatal flaw is a morbid longing for the picturesue at all costs If you can relate to these words chances are you ll love The Secret History If not you ll probably wonder what the fuss is all about Personally I can totally relate to these words so I love the book I ve read it over half a dozen times and while I do think it has its problems I never fail to find it utterly gripping The Secret History is both an intellectual novel of ideas and a murder mystery without the whodunnit element The reader learns right on the first page that Richard and his friends have killed one among their midst The rest of the book goes on to explain how they came to their gruesome deed and what happened to them afterwards Against all odds it makes for compelling reading despite the fact that you know right from the start who the killers are Such is the power of Tartt s writing that you find yourself turning page after page waiting for answers justifications and possibly a sign of remorse Once these have been dealt with the book loses a bit of its power but until that time it s near perfectDonna Tartt s great gift as a writer is her magnificent talent for description Her evocation of life at a small private university in New England with its oddball mix of ivory tower intellectuals and ditzy cokeheads is rich in detail both shocking and funny If it s not entirely realistic she makes it so Likewise her skill at characterisation is superb While Richard is not entirely convincing as a male narrator a fact I find noticeable every time I re read the book he and his friends make up a fascinating cast of characters six aloof self absorbed and arrogant intellectuals who are obsessed with ancient Greece and don t particularly care for modern life They re snobs and they have major issues but somehow that only makes them alluring Together they form the ultimate inner circle the kind of tight knit group you know should always stay together Which makes it almost understandable that they should be willing to kill anyone who might jeopardise that group dynamic incomprehensible though this may seem to the average readerI can think of many reasons why The Secret History strikes such a chord with me For one thing I have a thing for timeless and ethereal stories and this is one of those Somehow the book has a dreamlike almost hypnotic uality despite it being very firmly set in the rather unromantic 1980s I love that For another thing I have always been drawn to the unabashedly intellectual and this book has that in spades It makes geekdom alluring and I just love Tartt for that I wish I were as geeky as HenryUltimately what I think I respond to most in The Secret History is the friendship aspect The Secret History is very much a book about friendship It s about the very human yearning to belong and be accepted by people we admire It s about the sacrifices we make to keep friendships intact the insecurity we feel when we think we might not be completely accepted by our friends after all and the paranoia we experience when it seems our friends may have betrayed us About the feeling of invincibility we get from having great friends and the melancholy and loneliness that follow the disintegration of a once great friendship The book basically reads like an elegy on a great friendship and one doesn t necessarily have to share Richard s intellectual attitude towards life his morality or even his morbid longing for the picturesue to be able to relate to that It s enough to have yearned for close friendship and been insecure in friendship And let s face it who hasn tI do not think The Secret History is a perfect book As I said I find Richard somewhat unconvincing as a male character there is too much about him that screams female author to me Further the ending is decidedly weak although to be fair I have no idea how else Tartt could have finished her book The story does seem to be inexorably heading in that particular direction Insofar as the ending reflects the disintegration that is going on in the characters lives it could probably be said to be appropriate Still I wish Tartt could have come up with something on a par with the rest of the book If she had this would have been a six star book I don t know many of those

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Characters Í PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ Donna Tartt The Secret History Characters à PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Donna Tartt ☆ 2 Read & download D the boundaries of normal morality they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal and at last inexorably into evil. 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 completion of this book it became clear that I should have saved it for right nowI felt like I lived inside these pages I felt like I began to think in the beautiful and sharp prose that fills them I felt like I knew the characters ate decadent lunches and walked the snowy campus and whispered with them I felt an aching emptiness a genuine longing when I read the final wordsI miss living hereThis was very very slow to the point that about halfway through I said inexplicably aloud I don t know what they ll even do for the rest of the book and yet I was gripped by itIt s genuinely masterfulI love Richard and I LOVE Camilla and I love Francis and I fine okay at least like Charles and Henry and even Bunny and JulianAnd I miss them allThis is an incredible work but maybe the most incredible thing is how the reader is Richard I too miss my bygone days at my prestigious New England college with my whip smart group of eccentric friends and like him I am too uickly forced to realize the fallacy of such a feelingAfter all it was all a fictionBottom line I m raising this to a five star rating you ll have to excuse me i d love to actually write something here but my brain is broken and i am incapable of thoughtalso seems absurd to try to use words when donna tartt took all the good onesreview to come 45 stars me is slightly behind on my reading challengealso me starts a 600 page book

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Characters Í PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ Donna Tartt The Secret History Characters à PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Donna Tartt ☆ 2 Read & download Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor a group of clever eccentric misfits at an elite New England college di. 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 references and colorfully apt metaphors that she had been storing up since the age of 17The most fundamentally unlikable thing about this book is that all of the characters each and every one of them are snobby greedy amoral pretentious melodramatic and selfish The six main characters are all students at a small and apparently somewhat undemanding college in Vermont studying ancient Greek with a professor who s so stereotypically gay as to be a homosexual version of a black face pantomime In between bouts of translating Greek the students end up murdering two people and then devolve into incoherent drunken boring decay The best thing I can euate this book to is the experience of listening to someone else s dream or listening to a very drunk friend ramble on and on and on revealing a little too much awkward personal information in the process The climax of The Secret History s narrative was around page 200 but the book was 500 pages long So essentially this book contained 300 pages of scenes where the characters do nothing but drink alcohol smoke cigarettes go to the hospital for drinking so much alcohol and smoking so many cigarettes get pulled over for drunk driving talk about alcohol and cigarettes do cocaine and gossip about each other while drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettesTartt s writing was sometimes genuinely good at establishing a thrilling and suspenseful mood but other times especially toward the end her writing became the kind of self conscious contrived empty prose that I can imagine someone writing just to fill out a page until a good idea comes to them kind of like how joggers will jog in place while waiting for a traffic light That kind of writing practice is fineas long as the editor is smart enough to cut it before the final copy The last 300 pages were the authorial euivalent of that kind of jogging while going nowhere and it soured the whole book for meIn the book s attempt to comment on the privilege self interest and academic snobbery of rich college kids in New England the book itself comes to be just as self absorbed and obsessive as its characters it turns into a constant litany of unnecessary conversations sexual tensions that go nowhere purple prose descriptions of the landscape contrived plot twists that fizzle out and forced overblown metaphors The confusing part was that Tartt seemed to identify with and expect us to identify with these students not to admire them for murdering people obviously but to respect and envy their precious contempt for everything modern and popular as though they lived on a higher plane than normal people The cliche of academic types being remote from the mundane world and out of touch with reality may have a grain of truth to it but Tartt took that cliche way too far The story is set in the early 90s and yet some of the characters had never heard of ATMs and they still wrote with fountain pens drove stick shift cars cultivated roses in their backyards wore suits and ties to class and said things like I say old man Did I mention that this story is set in the early 90s It got to the point where all the anachronisms came to seem ridiculous and gratuitous Ostensibly the point of the novel was to critiue the point of view that privileged academics are somehow superior to the average person but Tartt seemed too enad of her own characters and the endearing way they held cigarettes between their fingers to really allow that kind of critiue to be successful Maybe Tartt s second novel managed to get away from the claustrophobic selfishness of The Secret History but I don t feel up to reading it after this

  • Paperback
  • 559
  • The Secret History
  • Donna Tartt
  • English
  • 28 February 2019
  • 9781400031702