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Donna Tartt meets Womens Weekly
on 30 January 2003
Remote college? Classics teachers and their relationships with their pupils? Bachanalian rites? Mysterious deaths? Sound a tad familiar?
This covers a lot of similar ground to The Secret History. What it loses is the amazing quality of Tartt's writing, strong identification with the main characters, plausibility, and real sense of someone who hasn't just read the classics, but who has also lived them. What it gains is a Womens Weekly infusion of relational problems, births deaths and marriages, and, in fairness, a faster pace and a rather greater sense of spookiness. The plotting isn't great - if you haven't spotted the main twist a third of the way in, you've been dosing, and the end sacrifices the limited plausibility it's built up to one twist too many