“It’s a very Greek idea, and a very profound one. Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it. And what could be more terrifying and beautiful, to souls like the Greeks or our own, than to lose control completely? To throw off the chains of being for an instant, to shatter the accident of our mortal selves? Euripides speaks of the Maenads: head thrown I back, throat to the stars, “more like deer than human being.” To be absolutely free! One is quite capable, of course, of working out these destructive passions in more vulgar and less efficient ways. But how glorious to release them in a single burst! To sing, to scream, to dance barefoot in the woods in the dead of night, with no more awareness of mortality than an animal! These are powerful mysteries. The bellowing of bulls. Springs of honey bubbling from the ground. If we are strong enough in our souls we can rip away the veil and look that naked, terrible beauty right in the face; let God consume us, devour us, unstring our bones. Then spit us out reborn.” – Donna Tartt
The Secret History
Written by Donna Tartt
Published September 1992
Rating 5 out of 5
I can’t even begin to describe my love for The Secret History. This book.. There is just so much to digest when reading this book. In-fact, something says I’ll give it another read in a few months. Question. Did anyone else feel like Holden Caulfield could have easily existed in this world? Because I sure as heck did. Also when reading this novel I pictured Robin Dunne as Richard… Well Dunne in 2000 when he played Sebastian Valmont in Cruel Intentions 2. I will also say that I didn’t mind Richard so much, even though a lot of reviewers have commented about disliking him.