#37 – The Secret History

The Secret HistoryThe Secret History by Donna Tartt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a truly well written book. I adored this writer’s voice so much. The phrasing and language and pace just worked very well for me. Rich & descriptive without being overbearingly so. Characters fleshed out deeply and artfully within the unfolding tale. The ending was almost ironically funny with the first person narrator revealing what happens to just about ever bit player right down to a pet cat acquired almost at the end. After so much time spent with an almost cult-like chore group of 5 friends, it was so odd how their future lives ended up being treated as no more significant than everyone else.

Overall it was a fascinating telling of the psychological effects of an almost perversely tight knit inner circle. A kind of sociological study of the worst that could happen when people become that isolated from their larger surrounding groups of peers. The power of the group to override an individual moral compass.

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