Date: 2017-05-07 02:57 pm (UTC)
nevanna: (Books!)
From: [personal profile] nevanna
Your assessment of The Secret History (including the whiteness of the cast and the dubious treatment of the ladies) is absolutely correct.

All of that said, I'm really fond of that book, and probably would be even if I hadn't attended the college on which Hampden is based, though that certainly helped.
I loved the atmosphere the unlikable-but-fascinating cast of characters. And I think that I read it at the perfect time in my life: when I was twenty, on winter break from said college, and questioning whether I wanted to continue attending (and I did, in fact, end up transferring out). I find TSH to be extremely re-readable to this day, even though, like you, I'll always love Tam Lin more.
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