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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Patty Pick for 4/9/15 is "The Secret History" by Donna Tartt


"The Secret History" by Donna Tartt was an interesting book. It kept my attention most of the time, but it is one of those books that you end up with a strong dislike for all of the characters. Maybe I'm a spoiled reader, in that, I like to pull for or plot against a character(s) in my books. That whole "good versus bad" theme resonates with me. 
In this book, they are all bad. I know we are supposed to feel sorry for the narrator, Richard, because he is misunderstood and poor but he makes his own choices. 

Richard goes off to a snotty college with rich kids that party, do drugs and sundry other normal college kids activities. What makes his group a little different is they manage to kill two people in the process. You are going to be reading frantically to find out if they will get caught in either case. 

This book has a strange beginning, middle and end, even though it was highly rated and touted. I think this novel is just so removed from my current life that I could not get into the storyline as much as some books. It is very well written with rich descriptions of the characters and their Greek-obsessed lives. Not my favorite book, but still looking forward to reading "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt in the future.