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Jun 23, 2021AlexaLe rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
With the trend of dark academia becoming more prominent, we must look at the novel that is widely credited with its advent: The Secret History, a modern classic written by Donna Tartt. It tells the story from the perspective of…
Jun 20, 2021violetferret04 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
“The Secret History” by Donna Tartt is a well-crafted, meticulous telling of a thrilling story of six college students at an elite New England school, who become increasingly wrapped-up in a series of murders and, especially, their…
Mar 20, 2021MrsRedbeard rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
All consuming. This book will leave you exhausted and fulfilled. Characters that you feel you know. Epic novel. Must read Donna Tartt.
Feb 21, 2021sauerkraut81 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
this has been my favorite book for over 20 years: my desert island book. every time I read it, through many stages of life, it's kept revealing fresh insights and reflections.
Feb 21, 2021_alishabari rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
The Secret History had a lot of hype and I was intrigued to get into it. It is, by no means, a small book. It took me longer then usual to finish and is packed with Greek references and vocabulary that I certainly was not familiar with.…
Feb 15, 2021
I read this book to fulfil the goal read a dark achedemia book. It was kindof creepy in a non scary way. I still don't completely understand it, but that's a good thing i think. it was entertaining. (it is also on the list of 300 books…
Jan 27, 2021TheHayleySociety rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I thought this book was going to be hard to get through. From the first page I was hooked, the characters and the story are so complex and beautiful. Henry is my favorite character, :D. {Don't read this book because your trying to be dark…
Jan 19, 2021heights91 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
My favorite book of 2020. Suspenseful, intelligent. quirky. Lord of the Flies with college students without the dread and bullying. A period piece from the eighties.
Jan 19, 2021LindNor11 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I loved this book and their characters. Have a good read.
Dec 25, 2020Kinesisca rated this title 1.5 out of 5 stars
Boring. I didn't much care for the writing style, and couldn't bring myself to care about any of the characters, so I abandoned it early.
Oct 13, 2020ReadingIsSexxy rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Beguiling from beginning to end
Sep 27, 2020AlteredStaite rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
It was well written, of course, but I tend to agree with the two star rating from others on Goodreads. Those who defend it and 'adored' it are all either 'yuppies' themselves or wannabe the elite spoiled little murderers they admire. I…
Sep 05, 2020
Just normal classics major stuff, you know, quoting ancient plays, drinking recklessly, getting too enthusiastic about Greek homework one night and committing murder.
Sep 02, 2020TEENREVIEWBOARD rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
The Secret History by Donna Tartt, set in the pretentious and elite, yet fictional, Hampden College in Vermont, follows Richard Papen, who leaves his hometown in California for an opportunity to study classics with an eccentric group of…
Aug 28, 2020AndreaG_KCMO rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This book is lush with bohemian rich kid atmosphere and frosty New England setting. I resented Richard’s university comrades but understood his attraction to their aesthetic lifestyle and his concealment of a past he views as dreary and…
Jul 27, 2020johnjamison rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
While the characters have flaws and r probably like no one you know they are interesting and the chaos of their lives leaves them little wiggle room.
Jun 14, 2020ChChlibgirl rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
An utterly absorbing, atmospheric read about a close-knit group of American college students studying Ancient Greek, who end up locked on a sinister and increasingly troublesome path toward darkness. Donna Tartt has a gift for description…
Jun 06, 2020
With no innocent characters, The Secret History takes readers on a compelling journey into the human psyche. In this cerebral literary novel, classical students will find more than a few opportunities to chuckle, even in the midst of total…
May 17, 2020JLMason rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Over five hundred pages is a long time to spend with such unlikeable, self-absorbed, dissolute individuals who can justify taking human life. Yet I read on through the cloying minutiae of their daily lives, intrigued by where it would…
Mar 07, 2020eusebius rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
I've read it three times. The first time on publication, a few years after I graduated from university where I'd been a classics major. If you ask how young people can get so obsessed with Greek and Roman culture to the point where they…
Apr 02, 2019fionajay rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Great thriller that really took me back to university days - not that ever fell through a roof, or killed one of my classmates...twitch. Beautifully realised setting, delicately described relationships and clever - though not too literary-…
Feb 14, 2019Byond rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
For me much resistance at first but in the end up late not being able to put it down. Perhaps fueled by emotional energies ready to demonize old money and other elites. The Times review is on the money.…
Nov 27, 2018TEENREVIEWBOARD rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
The Secret History is the gateway into the world of dark academia. It's dark tone and thoughtful, introspective narrative make it a heavy read, but a worthwhile one. It has a fairly slow pace that makes you pay attention to the details to…
Oct 25, 2018dukemarmalade rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This book makes me nostalgic for a cold, picturesque college campus I never went to--eternally shrouded in fog. It has a timeless feel for a specific time I can't quite place (I often had to remind myself that it was not set in England…
Oct 22, 2018waynepl rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
A whodunnit that tells you on the very first page who did it...but you'll want to find out why it was done!