Genre: Literary Fiction
Length: 576 pages
Audiobook Length: 22 hours and 3 minutes
First Published: 1992
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Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill.
Quotes from The Secret History
Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it.
Does such a thing as ‘the fatal flaw,’ that showy dark crack running down the middle of a life, exist outside literature? I used to think it didn’t. Now I think it does. And I think that mine is this: a morbid longing for the picturesque at all costs.
I suppose at one time in my life I might have had any number of stories, but now there is no other. This is the only story I will ever be able to tell.
Forgive me, for all the things I did but mostly for the ones that I did not.
About Donna Tartt
Donna Tartt is an American writer who received acclaim for her first two novels, The Secret History and The Little Friend. Her book The Goldfinch won the Pulitzer Prize in 2014. She lives in Virginia and New York City.