‘The Secret History’ by Donna Tratt

(book review)

‘“There is nothing wrong with the love of Beauty. But Beauty – unless she is wed to something more meaningful – is always superficial.” 
― Donna Tartt, The Secret History

The Secret History’ is a powerful novel written by the American writer Donna Tartt. The story is set in New England and shows the life of students in some prestigious college. It is told by the fellow Richard Popen, who recently moved to the area from California. He happened to be aware of a terrible secret, which changed his life forever.

‘The Secret History’ is rich and detailed in plot and provides many layers for the reader to explore. The intricately constructed murder will hold your attention right up to the final page. The book is moving at times and amusing at others. The background of the book contains references to Ancient Greece, which you are sure to enjoy if you are interested in history.
As for the characters, Donna Tratt has managed to create different personalities from indulgent parents to light-hearted hippies. She is very convincing and depicted her characters very true to life. The contrast between the sophisticated ideas of the elite group of students and their contemporaries is done most skillfully.

In conclusion, I would like to note that the only shortcoming of the book is its length. It has more over 500 pages, so it is rather long. However, it’s difficult to put the book down. I highly recommend ‘The Secret History’ to everyone as the greatest achievement of this young novelist. Mt rating is 9/10.

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