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  • Intriguing Plot, Memorable Characters

    The Secret History's rich characters, sharp plotting, and beautiful writing combine to make it my favourite book. Henry is one of the most memorable, interestingly developed characters I've ever read - Henry and Lucky Strikes are forever mixed in my mind. Richard is relatable as a reader proxy. The bacchanal scene is unforgettable. I reread this book over and over, and find new things to love about it every time.

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  • The Beauty is in The Tragedy

    Wow. If there was one word to describe my feelings after turning the last page over, it would be "wow". Donna Tartt has seamlessly created a group of characters so vivid and lifelike that they pull you into their inner circle and make you feel like you are listening in on their private dramas. The beautiful settings and extravagant descriptions are really of no comparison.. It may be dreary all of the time but the way it's described is beyond your dreams. Tragedy may be the name of the game in The Secret History, and though this "whydunit" makes you question all of your morals, you are still left with a deep longing compassion for all of its characters. Donna Tartt pulls you in and doesn't let you go until the final page... A beautifully tragic love note to the classic Greek tragedies of the past. Definitely going on my list of favourites!

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  • This is a book to make you think. Surprisingly I could not put it down and looked forward to finding out what the characters were doing. It is a story that makes you think with characters that are believable. It addresses the impacts of peer group pressure, depression and wealth which can easily be related to the current time. I highly enjoyed this read and can't wait to read more by Donna Tartt.

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  • The Secret History

    The book is quite a read, moving along slowly with a group of students at a University in Vermont a few decades ago. The author captures a lot of the essential aspects of college life as it was then (Likely not so different now). The protagonists are under the guidance of a rather unusual professor whose ideas influence each of them indifferent ways. The plot is very different and its twists and turns carry the reader along intrigued to find out where this is all going. Well written a good book for those with a taste for literature.

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  • Another Donna Tartt must read!

    After reading the Goldfinch I decided to read Tartt's other novels. I enjoy how ridiculously large her novels are, as you know you need to hunker down for them. This one was hard to love the characters, they all seemed so over the top and full of themselves. But it was entertaining to read how things go from bad to worse, to even worse for them.

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