A thriller in the Daphne du Maurier vein, Tartt's debut novel
charts the death of innocence among a group of over-privileged New
England students. The narrator, Richard Papen, is easily seduced by
the snobberies of the classics school at Hampden College, Vermont
but - vainly - tries to hold firm against debauchery and murder.
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Truly deserving of the accolade modern classic, Donna Tartt’s novel is a remarkable achievement – both compelling and elegant, dramatic and playful.
Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an élite 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 their lives are changed profoundly and for ever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill …
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