Monday, 19 September 2016

THE SECRET HISTORY – Donna Tartt, 1992

This has been on my ‘to read’ list since its publication almost 25 years ago but I have only just got round to opening it.
The delay has, of course, left me open to many other people’s views of it and I had heard that the characters are stereotypes and it is intellectually snobbish.
What a great read though! It matters not whether the students all stand for a particular type and whether it is trite to make the twins lovers.
I loved it. The way it unfolds is superb. The murder occurs half
way through, so the first part is the build-up and the second part is the aftermath.

The obsession with culture is what makes it so splendid.

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