The Secret History
by Donna Tartt
Read on: May 15, 2018
Format: Library Loan
Richard Papen has grown tired of the small city in California and fell in love with a Vermont campus. When he got there, he became intrigued by an exclusive group of five students who were hand selected by a charismatic professor. His life becomes complicated as he becomes complicit in a murder and does his best to keep afloat the problems that arise.
I do not know a lot about the classics, but I found the discussions between the enigmatic professor, Julian, and his students to be very philosophical. Most of what was being said did go over my head as I did not have a good understanding of the base material they were discussing, but I had enjoyed seeing the discussions take place.
I had such a conflicting moral dilemma reading this story. All the characters are very flawed and had their own unique voice. While these are not the best characters to find charming, they were to me. I found myself drawn to learning more about each character and uncovering why the murder happened. I was surprised to see that the book also explored the aftermath of the murder. The toll of keeping such a secret affects people in different ways, and I felt this made each student a bit more human since their life at first seemed so “perfect”.
The writing style is very beautiful, but I had a hard time keeping attention at times. There were times where I had to re-read some passages since it seems like I either completely glossed over them or I did not completely comprehend what I just read. While I had my own problems I enjoyed the story because there is so much of the book that can be explored and discussed.