The Secret History by Donna Tartt - review by Daisy Waugh

Daisy Waugh

Disgusting But Nice

The Secret History


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The six-strong Classics class of an American university forms a mutually distrusting and dependent clique. Its members are more sophisticated than their coke-snorting fellow students and often make secret asides to one another in Latin or Greek.

In a moment of uncontrolled exuberance (actually, during the re-enactment of a Dionysian rite) the leader of the gang murders a chicken farmer. The body (with stomach ripped open) is later discovered by the police. For a while it seems that the group has got away with it. But then

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