- Tapa blanda: 672 páginas
- Editor: Penguin Books; Edición: New Ed (1 de abril de 2006)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0804111359
- ISBN-13: 978-0804111355
- ASIN: 0140167773
- Valoración media de los clientes: 2 opiniones de clientes
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº19.000 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
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The Secret History (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 abr 2006
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The Secret History succeeds magnificently ... A remarkably powerful novel [and] a ferociously well-paced entertainment ... Forceful, cerebral, and impeccably controlled (New York Times)
So irresistible and seductive it's almost a guilty pleasure (Guardian)
A huge, mesmerizing, galloping read (Vanity Fair)
Donna Tartt is an amazingly good writer. She's dense, she's allusive. She's a gorgeous storyteller (Stephen King)
Takes my breath away (Ruth Rendell)
Brilliant and compulsive (Evening Standard)
A haunting, compelling, and brilliant piece of fiction ... Packed with literary allusion and told with a sophistication and texture that owes much more to the nineteenth century than to the twentieth (The Times)
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The narrator of this story is a boy who leaves California to attend a college in New England. He falls in with a group of students of ancient Greek. Four of their number work themselves into a trance-like condition one night, and murder a local farmer.Ver Descripción del producto
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I was constantly surprised as I read, never knowing who to trust or what was really happening behind the often unreliable narrative. This is a fascinating melange of genres, of showing and telling. Like The Goldfinch, I expect to reread this at some point. Strongly recommended if you like literature to challenge you while always being accessible.
My only complaint is with the Kindle edition, which includes several random sections repeated after the end. I read them for a while, thinking maybe it would prove another challenge, showing an alternative parallel universe where things went differently. In the end, it was clear this was an editor’s error and I stopped with maybe 100 pages to go. I hope I didn’t miss anything, but I’m pretty sure I didn’t.
I love that the book opens with a murder because Richard starts off as a bit of a Holden Caulfield and the first half of the book just drags. None of the characters were remotely likable and, in the strangest way, I feel like I had met them all in college. They were pretentious and hyper-intellectual, but overall disasters. The poor pacing gives this first half 2 stars out of five.
Then the second half starts and my enjoyment sky-rocketed. The characters don't get any more likable, but at least they get interesting. The entire fabric of Richard's reality starts falling apart. Secrets pop up and each influence in his life develops several extra dimensions. I particularly am fascinated by the charismatic Henry and the cowardly Francis. They were so fleshed out, even though Henry only allowed small glimpses of their true personalities.
One of my biggest complaints was the sense of pacing. Sequences that lasted weeks, took a matter of paragraphs while entire hours lasted for pages. I kind of got the effect of adding tension in that way, but it wasn't for me.
Ultimately, some really devious characters and interesting exploration on the effect trauma has on people's perception. I'm not sure this book was for me, but I am glad I read it.
Richard is constantly attempting to fit in with the other five, who all come from upper-class backgrounds with liberal mores. They exhibit typical college behavior: too much to drink and too little sleep. But it is their sense of entitlement, perhaps superiority, that takes them way beyond exceeding middle-class propriety. Essentially dominated by Henry, the richest of them all, they, in the end, are willing to justify capital offences. But then their easy harmony begins to show serious cracks. Doubts, jealousies and condemnations emerge. The only question is when and how much unraveling will occur.
This group is a bit hard to imagine, they almost seem quaint. Although countless pages are devoted to their decadent behavior, they aren't really that well understood. Part of that is because Richard is an outsider; his mindset is not theirs. The book is interesting commentary on where the lack of constraint in a small insular, intellectual group of arrogant college kids can lead, despite a certain implausibility.