Monday, February 9, 2009

book for a rainy day: the secret history by donna tartt


if you haven't read it, read it now.  if you have, read it again, because it has probably been about 10 years and you have forgotten exactly why this book is a cult classic.  set in a small liberal arts college in vermont, tartt brings back the term "greek tragedy" in a haunting story about 6 college kids and their obsession with the ancient culture.  if you have trouble understanding why good people do bad things, richard, the narrator, will take you on a psychological journey that will make you question your own morality.  tartt, who studied at bennington college with pal bret easton ellis,  is not only a master storyteller, but so gifted with words, that you will read some sentences over and over in awe of their powerful imagery.


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