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The Secret History by Donna Tartt Review

Favorite Summer Read: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The following post is from 21inSF, who posted it in The Book Club in the Buzz Community.

Although The Secret History by Donna Tartt was published over a decade ago (in 1992), it remains my go-to Summer read. The novel follows a young man named Richard Paper, who begins his college education at an elite school in Vermont. From a modest background, Richard quickly becomes intrigued by an upper-class group of boys who have created an Ancient Greek curriculum of their own, through the guidance of an unconventional mentor and professor. Since the novel is set on a college campus, most of the action revolves around the social networks of the school, and focuses on this small and select group of pupils, which Richard eventually becomes a part of. The novel opens with information about one of their murders, and unfolds quickly and intelligently through the rest of the plot. Part murder-mystery, part ancient Greek tragedy, and part social study, The Secret History is a relevant and thought-provoking novel that is impossible to set down after the action begins.

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