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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 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 they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal, and at last inexorably into evil ☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ Book Lover By Jennifer Kaufman ❤ – 9facts.co.uk a group of clever ❮Epub❯ ➣ Secret Delivery / Her 24-Hour Protector ➢ Author Delores Fossen – 9facts.co.uk 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 they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal [BOOKS] ⚣ Kholodovs Last Mistress Author Kate Hewitt – 9facts.co.uk and at last inexorably into evil lol why is this on my tbr and why yall keep liking it 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 quote 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 story.Bunny is dead, and his friends mercenary relief at having him gone didn t take 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 quote 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 story.Bunny 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 life.In 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 clique 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 irony.As in any group, there is tension, of course, but it never grew very heated between them Neither did it ever quite 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. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 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 17.The most fundamentally unlikable thing about this book is that a 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 17.The 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 equate 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 cigarettes.Tartt 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 equivalent of that kind of jogging while going nowhere, and it soured the whole book for me.In 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 critique 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 critique 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 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 quite 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 C 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 quite 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 HISTORY.1 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 somethingremarkable 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 quiet 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, BOOK.3 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 200,000 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 quirks 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 someGo read it

    ☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ Book Lover By Jennifer Kaufman ❤ – 9facts.co.uk a group of clever ❮Epub❯ ➣ Secret Delivery / Her 24-Hour Protector ➢ Author Delores Fossen – 9facts.co.uk 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 they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal [BOOKS] ⚣ Kholodovs Last Mistress Author Kate Hewitt – 9facts.co.uk and at last inexorably into evil lol why is this on my tbr and why yall keep liking it 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 quote 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 story.Bunny is dead, and his friends mercenary relief at having him gone didn t take 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 quote 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 story.Bunny 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 life.In 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 clique 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 irony.As in any group, there is tension, of course, but it never grew very heated between them Neither did it ever quite 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. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 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 17.The most fundamentally unlikable thing about this book is that a 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 17.The 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 equate 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 cigarettes.Tartt 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 equivalent of that kind of jogging while going nowhere, and it soured the whole book for me.In 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 critique 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 critique 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 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 quite 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 C 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 quite 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 HISTORY.1 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 somethingremarkable 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 quiet 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, BOOK.3 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 200,000 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 quirks 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 someGo read it"/>
  • Paperback
  • 559 pages
  • The Secret History
  • Donna Tartt
  • English
  • 07 June 2018
  • 1400031702

About the Author: Donna Tartt

Donna Tartt is an American writer who received critical acclaim for her first two novels, The Secret History and The Little Friend, which have been translated into thirty languages Tartt was the 2003 winner of the WH Smith Literary Award for The Little Friend Her novel The Goldfinch won the Pulitzer Prize in 2014 The daughter of Don and Taylor Tartt, she was born in Greenwood, Mississippi but raised 32 miles away in Grenada, Mississippi At age five, she wrote her first poem, and she first saw publication in a Mississippi literary review at age 13.Enrolling in the University of Mississippi in 1981, she pledged to the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma Her writing caught the attention of Willie Morris while she was a freshman Following a recommendation from Morris, Barry Hannah, then an Ole Miss Writer in Residence, admitted Tartt into his graduate short story course where, stated Hannah, she ranked higher than the graduate students Following the suggestion of Morris and others, she transferred to Bennington College in 1982, where she was friends with fellow students Bret Easton Ellis, Jill Eisenstadt, and Jonathan Lethem At Bennington she studied classics with Claude Fredericks She divides her time between Virginia and New York City.


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