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Among the Secret Things: Why Donna Tartt’s Novels are Worth the Wait

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Whenever I learn that a supposed bookworm hasn’t yet read a Donna Tartt novel I’m first astonished (but her books have been translated into thirty languages, sold millions of copies worldwide and been shortlisted for major awards – how could not one have found its way onto your reading pile?), then pitying (you poor thing, you don’t even realise what you’re missing) and finally envious. What I wouldn’t give to settle down in my reading chair late one evening, storm raging beyond dark windows, half-drunk glass of cab sav beside the table lamp, and read The Secret History’s (1992) opening sentence for the first time:

The snow on the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.

 

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