This dark story disappointed me. While the premise was intriguing- sudden, intense loss and the havoc it can create in one's life- I never connected with any of the characters on an emotional level. All of the main characters make continual bad decisions that lead to more despair. This story is laden with drug use. I was hoping Theo would evolve as he aged. I was hoping for some redemption for Theo after all of the emotional trauma he suffered in his adolescence. While the story was very well-written, and the backdrop of the art world was interesting to me, it was a chore for me to finish this book.
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That life -- whatever else it is – is short. That fate is cruel but maybe not random. That Nature (meaning Death) always wins but that doesn’t mean we have to bow and grovel to it. … It is a glory and a privilege to love what Death doesn’t touch (the Goldfinch painting). For if disaster and oblivion have followed this painting down through time – so too has love….