The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Secret History

byDonna Tartt

Kobo ebook | October 19, 2011

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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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Title:The Secret HistoryFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 19, 2011Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307765695

ISBN - 13:9780307765697

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this! One of my favourite books. #plumreview Creepy though.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read A terrific read about genius and coming-of-age
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good As always, Donna Tartt delivers.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING Just buy it, it's better if you have no idea what it's about.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Impeccably written, but ultimately disappointing From the very first page I was drawn into this story. The author is an excellent writer. I often had the feeling that some unique way she would describe a character was incredibly original, but yet was exactly how I had felt before. I found the ending to this story very disappointing, but maybe I had my hopes up too much from the way the story was framed in the early pages. Ultimately, I would read another Donna Tartt book because she is a great writer, but I think her story lines might be a little "artsy" and hidden meaning- ish for my taste.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Thrilling Read The way that Tartt takes you through this novel is poetically seamless. A beautiful story of youth, intrigue, mystery, and betrayal.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Alarming Beauty I read this over a year and a half ago and I still find myself thinking about this book, this world, and these characters. Donna Tartt has crafted a beautifully dark and seductive story that features a group of academics, murder, and ancient history. You are almost left feeling unsettled upon finishing because of how captivating and engrossing this story is. Will definitely be re-reading in the future.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Secret History The Secret History mimics a Greek tragedy. Richard Papen, who is studying the Classics is an outsider at a prestigious American college. He manages to become the sixth student in an Ancient Greek class, whose charismatic teacher normally allows only five students to enrol each year. The other five students who have been studying together for some time come from a background of wealth and privilege - not at all like Richard's hard-scrabble upbringing. The murder of one of the members of the group is revealed on the first page. The first half of the book deals with the events leading up to the murder and the murder itself. In the second half, the remainder of the group must deal with the aftermath of the act. Their tightly-knit group swiftly declines into fear, recrimination and remorse. This book could best be described as a psychological thriller. The unravelling of the group is suspenseful and Donna Tartt is such a good writer that I actually found myself caring about people who would normally cause me to raise my eyebrows at their arrogance and entitlement. My only complaint? I would have liked to find out more about their teacher. There are plenty of hints about his control over his students but ultimately he manages to remain at arms-length and walk away from the situation. This is a first novel for the author who goes on to become a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist. I'm not surprised - she is brilliant!
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from literary masterpiece my all time favorite novel, beautifully written, intriguing plot, fascinating and intricate characters. An absolute masterpiece.
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible novel Tartt's novel is an absolute masterpiece. So well written with an intriguing first chapter (the first lecture is an absolute pleasure to read). Would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read and Re-read! I could read this book over and over. It left me feeling so connected to the characters. Dark and cerebral, I never wanted it to end.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark and Wonderful! I picked up this novel not knowing what to expect out of it. Turns out its a very intense and dark tale. Well worth the read, beautiful words that create fantastic imagery. Very twisted and exciting!
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dark Story I should of looked more into this book before reading. I had high hopes but found the story disturbing in parts and not exactly what I had hoped for. I found the narrative drawn out at times but loved the writing style. It was compelling enough for me to finish but left me a little disappointed at the end.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Charming A timeless tale about friendship and learning from the mistakes we make in early adulthood.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Secret History Donna Tartt takes about 10 years to write a book and you can tell! Her attention to detail is incredible. This book remains one of my favourite books of all time. It pulls you into the dark, intellectual world of some students and you really want to stay with them to figure out what is going on! I did not love her later books as much as this one.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It Can Go Either Way This story is both compelling and also a bore. I think most people will side with either extreme while I find it a bit of both. Compelling enough for me to finish it, but there were many details and so the book is quite long and drawn out. The characters are also highly unlikeable, as they are meant to be, but you learn to sympathize with them. Not exactly my cup of tea but it was still an interesting read.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I picked up this novel not knowing what to expect out of it. Turns out its a very intense and dark tale. Well worth the read, beautiful words that create fantastic imagery
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Incredibly Writing, Somewhat Drawn Out The writing in this novel is fantastic, if one takes a single page to read and reread you are bound to find all sorts of fantastic imagery and dreamlike settings to fawn over. The novel does tend to drag a bit periodically throughout, but overall makes for a fun, dangerous read.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok This book was pretty good, but it reads more like genre fiction than literary fiction. Her characters and prose were a bit cliche for my taste, but the story was ok.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh This was ok but I felt the plot, characters, and setting were all pretty predictable. Tartt is a decent writer, but nothing to get excited about. Not worth all the hype.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from must read this book is amazing!!!!! a must read!!!!!
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite novel This novel won't disappoint you. It's one of the most atmospheric novels I've ever read and it's got a twist like you've never seen one. Great Autumn/Winter read!
Date published: 2016-11-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth buying I had heard a lot of great things about this book from other people so I thought it would be a great read. Unfortunately, that was not the case. I had such a hard time finishing the book and had to force myself to read it all. The characters were not relatable at all. I didn't care for the main character at all. All the characters of this book are pretentious pricks.
Date published: 2016-06-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The College Club This was the second Donna Tartt book I read in succession. In reading three of her books, her method is the same every time. An introduction with an issue, and the rest of the book, gives the story resolution. After three books, this method is predictable. It was a good read, it had that kept me reading for more draw, but it did not knock my socks off. Sadly. If you are a Donna Tartt fan, reading her stories are not wasted read time.
Date published: 2016-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LIT my favorite book to date. nothing else i've ever read amounts to this.
Date published: 2016-01-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from big disappointment I was really disappointed with this book, I actually had to struggle to get through it, can not relate to any of the characters, it's like watching a long movie just trying to get to the end of it. Certainly would not want to read anything of Donna Tartt, can not understand all the good reviews here.
Date published: 2015-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2014-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A stunning read I started reading this book on the advisement of reviewers from this website. The story itself is dark and disturbingly arousing because it takes you to a place that is so removed from stagnant, middle class life. Part Gatsby, part Dead Poet's Society and reprehensible narcissism all woven together with exquisite composition.
Date published: 2014-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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!
Date published: 2014-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Considered A Modern Classic for a VERY Good Reason! This is my first of Donna Tartt's works, and it will NOT be the last. This book is exceptional!  Captivating from the opening pages until the very end, this book is perhaps one of the most calculated and careful works I have ever read. I felt like I knew the characters, had stepped foot on the collage campus in which the book is set, had overheard their whispers in the Commons areas. I read this book very slowly, and often out loud because the prose was so beautiful.  Donna Tartt has found a fan in me and I greatly look forward to reading both The Little Friend and The Goldfinch!  Highly recommend :).
Date published: 2014-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Beauty is in The Tragedy 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.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2013-10-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Secret History by Donna Tart Long, beautifully written, melancholic and poignant.
Date published: 2013-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An original, fantastical story Tartt is such a clever writer, I can't say enough about her skill. This book, which mirrors the story-telling styles of Greek tragedy, is full of deeply disturbed, yet somehow likeable, characters. The reader is so gradually brought into their Secret History, that by the time you realize how abhorrant they are, you have developed a real true liking for them. The beauty of this, of course, is that the reader is told of their crime in the first few pages ... Compelling reading, excellent writing, and suspenseful storytelling make this an excellent novel.
Date published: 2009-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Psychological Read I wasn't sure what to expect from this book...but i ended up loving it. The darkness of it, the slightly British tinge to it, the eloquent way the words flowed...all made for fast reading. Richard, the narrator, tells the tale of how he and five others "reinvent" themselves to be these dark and foreboding characters, as though they stepped right out of some dry, British novel, filled with Irish whiskey, smokey rooms, and nights spent studying the meaning of all things Greek. This was a strong psychological read that kept me up late at night.
Date published: 2009-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Engrossing! Donna Tartt's first book. She is a very good writer and leads up to revelations slowly. It began kind of slow but the details of the characters made them very real. The character, Henry, has to be one of the most intereting characters I have read of. I am looking forward to reading Donna's next book when it costs about $5.
Date published: 2008-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creepy Thriller This is a thriller that creeps up on you before you know it. It's got atmosphere, a camaraderie of amoral characters, some pretty good descriptions of a Vermont setting and reckless fun and games that end in more than tears. The premise is very simple though a little outlandish. However, Tartt does a good job weaving a spell that traps the reader just as the main character is trapped. Not for those who like their gore heavy handed but for those who like a room full of shadows and their mysteries dark around the edges. It is a bit long, though--it feels like the author could go on and on and on, and she sometimes does, but I recommend this book as summer page turner and suspenseful psychological thriller. It's also creepy how Tartt gets the reader to go along with a story this bizarre. And yet. And yet.
Date published: 2006-08-05