perjantai 29. huhtikuuta 2011

Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than 3 times

I have been reading, but my flat is a mess and I'll wait to update the challenges until I have a pile of all the books I have read recently. Meanwhile, the book meme.

Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than 3 times
Donna Tartt: The Secret History. Of course there are many books I have read more than three times (all the Harry Potter books...), but this is one of my favourite books. I really like books that are set in schools, preferably schools where the students also live in the campus, e.g. English public schools and many American colleges. Something about the community of young, knowledge-hungry people makes these books interesting.
For me, The Secret History is about the human character, control and losing it, the ancient cultures and knowledge. Someone would say it is a crime novel about a murder, but that is less relevant to me. I understand the motives of the characters, I sympathise with them, I understand how someone becomes a murderer. It is terrifying but fits my view of the world.
I also enjoy very much that the characters study Latin, Ancient Greek and their cultures. I have a soft spot for elitism like that, and I very much admire people who are aware of the cultural history of our society. This book always makes me want to study Latin and I have decided to read it next Christmas before my second Latin course.

1 kommentti:

  1. I like how you are interested in unusual themes. I don't think I've ever read this book, and I must be the only person in the world who hasn't finished reading the Harry Potter Series. I just read your review of The Woman who gave birth to Rabbits. Great Post.