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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.


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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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    Damn.

    This book drew me in from page one and I am at a loss for words to describe how good it is. I'm speechless. Damn.

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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 by Donna Tart

    Long, beautifully written, melancholic and poignant.

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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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