By Donna Tartt
No es fácil ir haciendo amigos en una universidad de Nueva Inglaterra si eres un chico modesto y falto de afecto que llega de California, y Richard Papen lo sabe; por eso agradece que lo admitan en un pequeño grupo de cinco estudiantes capitaneados por un profesor de literatura clásica con mucho carisma y pocos escrúpulos.
Los chicos sueltan comentarios en griego y se ríen de l. a. ingenuidad y l. a. torpeza de los demás, pero bien mirado se pasan el día bebiendo y engullendo pastillas, hasta que un mal día las que parecían chiquilladas se convierten en palabras mayores. Solo entonces Richard y su pandilla descubren qué difícil es vivir sin máscaras y qué fácil es matar sin remordimientos.
En El secreto, l. a. primera novela de Donna Tartt, se unen los angeles tensión de los angeles novela psicológica, el ritmo de un mystery y los angeles crónica de una juventud que pide demasiado a los angeles vida sin saber bien qué entregar a cambio. El resultado es una obra que se cuenta entre las mejores del siglo XX.
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The mount captain laughed heartily beneath his steel hel met, elbowing the sailor sitting next to him, then said in a deep voice, “You ain’t no newbie, sir. Don’t let Mr. Tremain fool you here, boys. ” “Maybe. ” The mount captain raised an open palm. “I know all about it. You submariners can’t talk about nothing. You’ve probably sunk more ships than Smitty here’s ever set eyes on, but you can’t tell us a lick about it. I know, I know, the silent service and all that hoo-hah! Well, don’t you worry none, Commander.
Blinking signal lamps ﬂashed from their superstructures as signalmen on the darkened bridges translated and relayed messages back and forth between ships. “The situation seems pretty cut-and-dry,” McCandles con tinued. “The Japanese are going to try to pull their troops off Vella LaVella tonight. I guess they’re ﬁnally going to give up that little scrap of an island. They’re all set to abandon it, but you know what that means, don’t you, Jack? It means they’ll leave Vella LaVella tonight and tomorrow we’ll ﬁnd them burrowed in on the next island up the Slot.
All obstruc tions had been long since cleared away, all potential obstacles to damage control parties stowed away, all watertight and ﬂood control doors fastened shut. Her three-hundred-odd sailors—some bedecked in bulky salt-stained life vests, some in cumbersome steel gray helmets, some shirtless—assembled SINK THE SHIGURE 31 at their various battle stations inside and out of the destroyer’s 376-foot hull, waiting anxiously for the inevitable encounter with the as yet unseen enemy. Like her two cohorts, the Chevalier was made for war, with nearly every piece of equipment above her waterline devoted to that end.