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An edition of The Secret History (1992)

The Secret History

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This edition was published in by Ballantine Books

Written in English

592 pages

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.

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Secret History
2008, Penguin Books, Limited
in English
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The secret history
2004, Vintage Contemporaries
in English - 1st Vintage Contemporaries ed.
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The secret history
2002, Viking
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The secret history
2002, Ballantine Books
in English - 1st Ballantine trade ed.
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The Secret History: A Novel
November 30, 1999, Random House Audio
in English
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The Secret History
September 29, 1996, Ballantine Books
in English
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The Secret History
February 7, 1996, Random House Value Publishing
Hardcover in English
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The Secret History
Apr 16, 1994, Random House Value Publishing
hardcover
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The Secret History : A Novel
1993, Ballantine Books
Mass Market Paperback
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The secret history
1993, Penguin
Paperback in English
Cover of: Die geheime Geschichte
Die geheime Geschichte: roman
1993, Goldmann Verlag
in German / Deutsch
Cover of: De verborgen geschiedenis
De verborgen geschiedenis
1993, Anthos
Paperback in Dutch
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The secret history.
1992, Viking
in English
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The secret history
1992, Knopf, Distributed by Random House
in English - 1st ed.

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The Secret History

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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.

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The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.
Page 1, added by jj.jjames.) "The opening line."
Does such a thing as ‘the fatal flaw’, that showy dark crack running down the middle of a life, exist outside of literature? I used to think it didn’t. Now I think it does. And I think that mine is this: a morbid longing for the picturesque at all costs.
Page 7, added by jj.jjames.) "The opening of the first chapter."
I was charmed by his conversation, and despite its illusion of being rather modern and digressive (to me, the hallmark of the modern mind is that it loves to wander from its subject) I now see that he was leading me by circumlocution to the same points again and again. For if the modern mind is whimsical and discursive, the classical mind is narrow, unhesitating, relentless. It is not a quality of intelligence that one encounters frequently these days. But though I can digress with the best of them, I am nothing in my soul if not obsessive.
Page 29, added by jj.jjames.) "A characterization of Richard, Julian, and Henry."
An old shoe was lying on the asphalt in front of the loading dock, where the ambulance had been only minutes before. It wasn’t Bunny’s shoe. I don’t know whose it was or how it got there. It was just an old tennis shoe lying on its side. I don’t why I remember that now, or why it made such an impact on me.
Page 376, added by jj.jjames.) "A reflection by Richard on Bunny's murder."
"There is nothing wrong with the love of Beauty. But Beauty - unless she is wed to something more meaningful - is always superficial. It is not that your Julian chooses solely to concentrate on certain, exalted things; it is that he chooses to ignore others equally as important."
Page 511, added by jj.jjames.) "Georges Laforgue on Julian Morrow."
"Well, you know what Julian would say," said Francis. "There are such things as ghosts. People everywhere have always known that. And we believe in them every bit as much as Homer did. Only now, we call them by different names. Memory. The unconscious."
Page 553, added by jj.jjames.) "Francis, talking with Richard and Camilla, in the epilogue."

The Secret History

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First Sentence

"DOES SUCH a thing as "the fatal flaw," that show dark crack running down the middle of a life, exist outside literature?"

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OL7569078M
Internet Archive
secrethistory00donn
ISBN 10
0449911519
ISBN 13
9780449911518
Library Thing
7221
Goodreads
1202712

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