Monday, April 23, 2012

I love collecting quotes, and the ladies over at Escape in a Book created Memorable Monday to share memorable quotes from books. I've read a little lately about the future of New Adult as a genre, and I couldn't help thinking of one of my favorite books. The Secret History by Donna Tartt is certainly literary, but it could easily fit into the New Adult category. Here are two quotes that stuck with me from The Secret History.

“Beauty is rarely soft or consolatory. Quite the contrary. Genuine beauty is always quite alarming.”

“If I had grown up in that house I couldn't have loved it more, couldn't have been more familiar with the creak of the swing, or the pattern of the clematis vines on the trellis, or the velvety swell of land as it faded to gray on the horizon . . . . The very colors of the place had seeped into my blood.” 

Music for today: Valerie, covered by Ra Ra Riot


  1. Love that first quote: "...genuine beauty is always quite alarming." This is probably why something that is truly beautiful usually takes our breath away. :)

  2. Oh, that second one has such rich imagery! Beautiful writing, thanks for sharing!

  3. This quote is fantastic. I love how, yeah, like Jenna Cooper said, it has very rich imagery.

    Patricia // My MM

  4. I quite enjoyed both of these quotes. I've heard nothing but praise for this novel :)