HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Loading...

The Secret History (original 1992; edition 1993)

by Donna Tartt

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
11,192290251 (4.09)562
Member:stgemma
Title:The Secret History
Authors:Donna Tartt
Info:Penguin Books (1993), Paperback, 660 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:books I own, academia, college, crime, murder, New England, thriller

Work details

The Secret History by Donna Tartt (1992)

  1. 161
    Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl (Eumenides)
  2. 90
    The Likeness by Tana French (tangentialine, cransell, Skippy74, GodOfTheAnthill, Booksloth)
    tangentialine: Same sense of the mysterious, same sense of intense psychological speculation.
  3. 60
    Gentlemen and Players: A Novel (P.S.) by Joanne Harris (amyblue, ecleirs24)
  4. 104
    The Magicians by Lev Grossman (kraaivrouw)
  5. 60
    The Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman (amyblue, lahochstetler)
  6. 50
    Waking the Moon by Elizabeth Hand (kraaivrouw)
    kraaivrouw: Dionysian events at college ...
  7. 40
    The Basic Eight by Daniel Handler (zembla)
    zembla: A clique of elitist students' involvement in murder, told in foreboding prose. Tartt's writing is quietly eerie where Handler's is showily clever, reflecting the difference in their narrators' ages.
  8. 62
    The Magus by John Fowles (WoodsieGirl)
  9. 51
    The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis (yokai)
  10. 30
    A Traitor to Memory by Elizabeth George (DAR1102)
  11. 53
    Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (vnovak)
  12. 10
    The Raising by Laura Kasischke (comtso)
    comtso: Mystery, murder and angst in college.
  13. 10
    Tam Lin by Pamela Dean (Aquila)
    Aquila: Though it's a much nicer book.
  14. 10
    The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen (Becchanalia)
    Becchanalia: Slow uncovering of a dark secret amongst a tight-knit group of friends. Lots of snow.
  15. 10
    A Fatal Inversion by Barbara Vine (Bookmarque)
    Bookmarque: Reminiscent because of the group of students, but this murder is more shrouded and the supporting characters more distinct.
  16. 10
    A Separate Peace by John Knowles (akblanchard)
    akblanchard: Dark happenings at elite New England schools.
  17. 00
    The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Something disturbing sometimes happens when young people congregate. These gothic tales feature young, bohemian, and intellectual characters becoming caught up in relationships that lead to tragic results.
  18. 11
    Black Chalk by Christopher J. Yates (kraaivrouw)
  19. 11
    Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (SomeGuyInVirginia)
  20. 00
    Fall by Colin McAdam (kraaivrouw)

(see all 28 recommendations)

Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 562 mentions

English (270)  Dutch (8)  French (5)  Swedish (4)  Portuguese (1)  Spanish (1)  Norwegian (1)  All languages (290)
Showing 1-5 of 270 (next | show all)
I loved the first half of the book, which sets up a fantastical, mysterious world of intellectualism, elitism and the kind of nerdiness that could only be understood by people who say their idea of a fun time is spending a day at the museum. It name drops classical literature references in a convincing enough way, and perfectly captures the rarefied mindset of a certain type of romantic, but in a more modern and relate-able setting. And as the story progresses, I enjoyed seeing the fantasy, delusional world fall away or clash with the real world and people around them. Their coldness, and impatience, around "real people" and the occasional efforts to relate, all felt true to me.

I didn't really care too much for the second half of the book, even though I appreciated that it showed the unraveling of this fantasy world. I guess I didn't find anything that happened to these people particularly surprising, and even if that can be okay in some cases, I also didn't really find what Tartt revealed about these people to be very original. ( )
  ruinedmap | May 19, 2015 |
God it's good. So beautifully written, subtle and with great intellectual depths (plus murder). ( )
  Lukerik | May 13, 2015 |
Angus and Robertson Top 100 (2006-2008) Book #98.
This is quite a disturbing book. It took me a long time to read as it was not something that I was interested in. There were of course lots of big plot twists, but overall, it was not a book that I would say that I enjoyed. ( )
  amme_mr | May 5, 2015 |
A beautiful book. No redeeming characters whatsoever. ( )
  katherineemilysmith | May 4, 2015 |
I really wanted to love this book. I put it down over a week ago and do not feel the urge to pick it up again. I know many people who loved it, but I guess it is just not the right time for me...I am not giving up hope, am putting it back on the To Read list. ( )
  mlake | Apr 28, 2015 |
Showing 1-5 of 270 (next | show all)
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.
 

» Add other authors (8 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Tartt, Donnaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
de Wilde, BarbaraDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kidd, ChipDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lange, Barbara deTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Siikarla, EvaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Come then, and let us pass a leisure hour in storytelling, and our story shall be the education of our heroes.
-- PLATO,
Republic, Book II
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.
-- FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE,
Unzeitgemässe Betrachtungen
Dedication
For Bret Easton Ellis,
whose generosity will never cease to warm my heart;
and for Paul Edward McGloin,
muse and Maecenas,
who is the dearest friend I will ever have in this world.
First words
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?
Quotations
...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.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Information from the Italian Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Blurbers
Publisher series
Information from the German Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Original language
Information from the Dutch Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
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...
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140167773, Paperback)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:42:15 -0400)

(see all 5 descriptions)

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)

(summary from another edition)

» see all 8 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
84 avail.
232 wanted
6 pay4 pay

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (4.09)
0.5 7
1 42
1.5 8
2 123
2.5 51
3 480
3.5 189
4 1140
4.5 207
5 1277

Audible.com

2 editions of this book were published by Audible.com.

See editions

Penguin Australia

2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0140167773, 0141037695

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 97,284,007 books! | Top bar: Always visible