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Jumalat juhlivat öisin by Donna Tartt

Jumalat juhlivat öisin (original 1992; edition 1996)

by Donna Tartt, Eva Siikarla (KÄÄnt.)

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Title:Jumalat juhlivat öisin
Authors:Donna Tartt
Other authors:Eva Siikarla (KÄÄnt.)
Info:Helsinki : Suuri suomalainen kirjakerho, 1996.
Collections:Read but unowned
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The Secret History by Donna Tartt (1992)

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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! ( )
  EvelynBernard | May 25, 2017 |
A modern-day Gothic masterpiece that's wrapped around a mystery - not about who did it- but about why they did it. The story is told with a tone of remorse as it follows a group of college students and their classics professor through a horrific act and its aftermath. From other reviews, this seems to be a love it or hate it read - much like A Little Life - which is the only other book I can begin to compare it to. ( )
  wandaly | May 7, 2017 |
I heard about this book so much that I was convinced I wouldn't like it. I told myself I wasn't interested in white-kids-college-murder-club, but I guess I was wrong. There are a lot of elements to this that are, yes, ridiculous. I think going in knowing it would be a whole lot of Pretentious made it easier to read, because it's true that I might've rolled my eyes a bit at parts if I didn't know they were going to be there. The writing is amazing and I loved how deeply you can sink into the setting, characters, and story.

The copy I read is Emily's, the one she got from Shakespeare & Co. when she lived near Paris, and although she hated this book a lot (and while I think all of her complaints about it are entirely justified and true), it's also true that while narcissistic self-destruction isn't her cup of tea, it sure as hell can be mine. At the same time, I could not be less interested in popping pills and alcohol addiction in a college/upper-class society setting, I don't find it Interesting the way writers of Tartt's set so often seem to. It wasn't the drug-fueled parties or the "intellectual murder" akin to Leopold & Loeb or the characters of Hitchcock's Rope that arrested me, but the level of sometimes on point and sometimes misguided self-analysis and social observation that came through with Richard. I especially loved all that he missed, all that clicked later, and the fact that there are still some lingering questions about how involved each member of the party was, or how much Henry had orchestrated.

I'm keen to read [b:The Goldfinch|17333223|The Goldfinch|Donna Tartt|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1451554970s/17333223.jpg|24065147] now, though I assume it will wait a little while. I didn't realise till I was partway through this book, but I haven't read any fiction in a month and a half. I think I needed this badly. ( )
  likecymbeline | Apr 1, 2017 |
Well shit. ( )
  kemilyh1988 | Jan 16, 2017 |
I know I read this book for an Intro to Lit class my Freshman year of college. I was a bit disappointed because I was expecting to read classics (which I love). This book was ok, I don't really remember much about it. ( )
  Contusions | Dec 23, 2016 |
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As a ferociously well-paced entertainment, ... "The Secret History" succeeds magnificently. Forceful, cerebral and impeccably controlled, "The Secret History" achieves just what Ms. Tartt seems to have set out to do: it marches with cool, classical inevitability toward its terrible conclusion.

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Come then, and let us pass a leisure hour in storytelling, and our story shall be the education of our heroes.
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I enquire now as to the genesis of a philologist and assert the following:
1. A young man cannot possibly know what Greeks and Romans are.
2. He does not know whether he is suited for finding out about them.
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The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation. (Prologue)
Does such a thing as "the fatal flaw," that showy dark crack running down the middle of a life, exist outside literature?
...how I longed to be an orphan when I was a child!
[They were] sitting at a table that was spread with papers and pens and bottles of ink. The bottles of ink I remember particularly, because I was very charmed by them, and by the long black straight pens, which looked incredibly archaic and troublesome.
[The tutor] reached for a pen in a cup on his desk; amazingly, it was full of Montblanc fountain pens, Meisterstucks, at least a dozen of them.
"Guess what," said Bunny, "Henry bought himself a Montblanc pen." ... He nodded at the cup of sleek black pens that sat on Julian's desk. "How much are those things worth? ... Three hundred bucks a pop? ... I remember when you used to say how ugly they were. You used to say you'd never write with a thing in your life but a straight pen." ... Bunny picked [the pen] up and turned it back and forth in his fingers. "It's like the fat pencil I used to use in first grade," he said. ... "Now, what kind of pens do we all use here? Francois, you're a nib-and-bottle man like myself, no? ... and you, Robert? What sort of pens did they teach you to use in California?" "Ball points," I said.
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Richard Papen arrived at Hampden College in New England and was quickly seduced by an elite group of five students, all Greek scholars, all worldy, self-assured, and, first glance, all highly unapproachable. As Richard is drawn into their inner circle, he learns a terrifying secret that binds them to one another...a secret about an incident in the woods in the dead of night where an ancient rite was brought to brutal life...and led to a gruesome death., And that was just the beginning...
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Truly deserving of the accolade "Modern Classic", Donna Tartt's novel "The Secret History" is a remarkable achievement - both compelling and elegant, dramatic and playful. 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 for ever. "It takes my breath away". (Ruth Rendell). "Enthralling ...image the plot of Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment crossed with the story of Euripides' "Bacchae" set against the backdrop of Bret Easton Ellis' "The Rules of Attraction"...forceful, cerebral and impeccably controlled...ferociously well-paced...remarkably powerful". ("The New York Times"). Donna Tartt was born in Greenwood, Mississippi, and educated at the University of Mississippi and Bennington College. She is a novelist, essayist, and critic and author of "The Little Friend". "The Secret History" has been translated into twenty-four languages.

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Richard Papen had never been to New England before his nineteenth year. Then he arrived at Hampeden College and quickly became seduced by the sweet, dark rhythms of campus life -- in particular by an elite group of five students, Greek scholars, worldly, self-assured, and at first glance, highly unapproachable.… (more)

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