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  • Published: New York : Knopf, 1992.
  • Year Published: 1992
  • Description: 523 p. ; 25 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 1400031702 :
  • 0449911519 :
  • 0804111359 (pbk.) :
  • 0679410325 :


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The secret history

by Tartt, Donna.

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Easily the best book I have read all year. Donna Tartt reels you in by telling you on page one that this group of students murdered their friend Bunny. Therefore, with the plot already told, the story explores the psyches of the characters. Do not be mistaken, this is not mere character development. The growing tension throughout the book is palpable. Focusing on an elite group of college students studying the Greek language, Tartt captivates you. Watch how obsession undoes a small group of friends. Fans of A Separate Peace will love this book!


This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. Donna Tartt's writing style is creative and descriptive, taking you to another world entirely. I'm surprised this book is not on more high school and college reading lists for the quality of her writing. The plot focuses on a group of college students who become obsessed with ancient Greece and its ways of life, sometimes to the point of danger. I liked this book because one climax of the book is told right away at the beginning, and then relates how the plot got to that point. However, this is not to say that the plot ends halfway through the book; the entire story is gripping and I couldn't put it down. I found myself relating to some of the characters, regardless of whether or not I wanted to!

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