The Secret History

by Donna Tartt | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1400031702 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingmelydiawing of Rockville, Maryland USA on 6/20/2015
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Journal Entry 1 by wingmelydiawing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Saturday, June 20, 2015
Picked up at a thrift store. Registered in Centreville, Virginia, USA.

Journal Entry 2 by wingmelydiawing at Centreville, Virginia USA on Friday, July 29, 2016
I've heard this book compared to A Separate Peace. I didn't like that book very much but I can appreciate the similarities: friendship among rich kids subtly turns sour and even violent in an academic environment. Honestly, there isn't much more to it than that. Our narrator joins an odd clique in college made up of people who study ancient Greek under a particularly charismatic professor, though that professor's influence isn't all that pervasive, really. A lot of key information shows up whenever it's convenient, like "oh by the way, Bunny took an afternoon walk every day, which is important but was never mentioned in the last hundred pages because I didn't think of it until just now." Perhaps the idea behind this was realism, that those sorts of foreshadowing details don't occur to someone sharing their memories (as opposed to, say, writing a movie script), but it made the story feel haphazard. Mostly I was kind of bored. None of the characters were all that likable, and very few of the scenes contributed to the plot or character development. Any tragedy carried no weight because the narrator didn't seem to care one way or the other. Basically, I read it because I'd heard it was good not from friends, but from random internet book lists. Clearly I need to go elsewhere for my recommendations.

Journal Entry 3 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Monday, August 01, 2016
I selected this book at our BCinDC meet-up in the food court of Tyson's Corner. I hope to release this book in the Little Free Library of Twinbrook (#7720). Thank you so much!

Journal Entry 4 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Monday, August 01, 2016
I read this book in 2103. This is what i wrote about it after I read it...

Richard Papen, in an attempt to escape a poor and unhappy home life, goes to a small East coast college in Vermont. There he becomes involved in a small group of elite, wealthy, but strange and secretive students who are the sole students of Julian Morrow, professor of ancient Greek. Always on the edge and never quite fitting in, Richard tries to get a handle on what make him so uncomfortable with this group.

This book grabs you psychologically right from the start! This book is as tight in tension as anything I’ve ever read. In it, you find yourself immersed in the character of the somewhat misfit student among high-brow intellectuals with a darker side. Since we know from the opening pages of the book that one of the members of this group ends up being murdered, it is with great hesitancy that we continue to read. It’s like a dark shadow that accompanies the pages. What excellent technique by the author. It works extremely well.

I'm releasing this book for the following BookCrossing challenge:

*** The 2016 Tick Tock Release Challenge hosted by DragonGoddess. This book has the word HISTORY in the title.

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Journal Entry 6 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Friday, October 28, 2016
I selected this book from the Little Free Library of Twinbrook (#7720) to travel elsewhere...

Released 3 yrs ago (12/11/2016 UTC) at BC-DC Meetup in -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, etc, Virginia USA

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I'm releasing this book for the book buffet at the Annual Holiday BookCrossing party at the home of authorauthor.

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I'm releasing this book for the following BookCrossing challenge:

*** The What's in a Name Release Challenge December 2016 hosted by DragonGoddess . This book has the name TORY in the title.

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