The Secret HistoryBook - 2004
"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 they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal, and at last -- inexorably -- into evil."--Back cover.
From Library Staff
Six friends, one crime, many consequences.
multcolib_susannel May 06, 2017
The question is not who killed Bunny, but why.
Richard Papen had never been to New England before his nineteenth year. Then he arrived at Hampeden College and quickly became seduced by the sweet, dark rhythms of campus life -- in particular by an elite group of five students, Greek scholars, worldly, self-assured, and at first glance, highly ... Read More »
multcolib_hillsdale Nov 15, 2013
At the very beginning of this haunting novel, we learn that four classics students at a New England college have killed another member of their exclusive, tight-knit clique. Tartt brilliantly portrays the steps that take this eccentric circle of friends to what seems to be inevitable--murder. Th... Read More »
Truly deserving of the accolade a modern classic, Donna Tartt's novel is a remarkable achievement--both compelling and elegant, dramatic and playful. Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of... Read More »
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actually they're studying ancient Greek, and their social bond is a sense of superiority over the other students as well as local working-class people, and they do horrible things over the course of 1 school year, told from point of view of an incoming freshman who pretends to be rich like them because he admires their inhumane snobbery and is bored and ashamed of his own background.