October’s book: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

A good group gathered last night to discuss A Serpentine Affair, last month’s book. It was a relatively easy read (with one member reading in the day of book club – dedication!) but there was general consensus that the non-linear style was a little frustrating – especially when reading on a kindle.

A long discussion followed about the merits of books vs kindles (as well as a lot of non-book related chatter)

Suitably wine-d up, we started to discuss the book itself. Overall, it was felt that there were too many characters for the storyline. Some of the “main” characters weren’t given any development and it was difficult to see their place in the novel. In fact, we all got so confused (well, I did) about where all the characters fit in, we had to draw a diagram on the restaurant place mat (a work of art, Erin!)

The ending was frustrating and felt a little like a let down. It tied up a little too neatly and there wasn’t the big twist we were expecting. It was universally agreed that Sissy and Nigel were the two “good guys” whereas Stephen and Alistair were definitely some of the most dislikeable male characters we’ve read so far.

Overall though, the group liked it. Tina Seskis has written another book so do look it up.

This month we were almost democratic in the way we chose our next book. We had a short list of 8, and then votes were cast. The winner was….

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

the secret history

Richard Papen arrived at Hampden College in New England and was quickly seduced by an elite group of five students, all Greek scholars, all worldly, self-assured, and, at first glance, all highly unapproachable. As Richard is drawn into their inner circle, he learns a terrifying secret that binds them to one another…a secret about an incident in the woods in the dead of night where an ancient rite was brought to brutal life…and led to a gruesome death. And that was just the beginning…

Our next meeting is tentatively booked for Wednesday 30th October (I’m in America until late of that month). I’ll be sending out emails to confirm attendance. If you’re not on the mailing list yet, please get in touch with us via lausannebookclub@gmail.com

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