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The Goldfinch

Tartt, Donna (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Goldfinch


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"The author of the classic bestsellers The Secret History and The Little Friend returns with a brilliant, highly anticipated new novel. A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend's family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld. Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America, and a drama of almost unbearable acuity and power. It is a story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the enormous power of art"--
Authors: Tartt, Donna
Title: The goldfinch
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2013.
Edition: First Edition.
Characteristics: 771 pages ;,24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: "The author of the classic bestsellers The Secret History and The Little Friend returns with a brilliant, highly anticipated new novel. A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend's family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld. Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America, and a drama of almost unbearable acuity and power. It is a story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the enormous power of art"--
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ISBN: 9780316055437
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Comment by: cocosmom Report This Apr 18, 2014

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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Report This Apr 24, 2014
  • genevieveleclair rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I found The Goldfinch both mesmerizing and dull, pretentious and gritty, boring yet beckoning. The author's writing ability is not in doubt but it seems she is enchanted with her own verbiage. The research is commendable as I gleaned information about art, furniture restoration,movies, music, philosophy,illicit drugs, unrequited love, and a close up vision of life in New York City. Genevieve LeClair

This is the first Donna Tartt book I've read, but if it's any indication of her storytelling capabilities, I want to read all the rest of her books asap. I was intimidated by the length of The Goldfinch, but breezed through it quicker than any other book I've recently read. It was wonderfully descriptive, and a very interesting plot. I liked how it followed the main character through so much of his life.

Report This Apr 18, 2014
  • cocosmom rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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.

Report This Apr 17, 2014
  • debwalker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Citation: "For distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000). "Awarded to "The Goldfinch," by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown), a beautifully written coming-of-age novel with exquisitely drawn characters that follows a grieving boy’s entanglement with a small famous painting that has eluded destruction, a book that stimulates the mind and touches the heart."

Donna Tartt just keeps on getting better! Told in the first person, this novel will captivate you... well worth waiting for. Five stars.

Report This Apr 14, 2014
  • sasie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

New winner of the Pulitzer for Fiction 2014.

Report This Apr 14, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Vivid account of the life of a 13 year old boy after the death of his mother in a bombing inside the NY Metro Museum. Other than too much ink on cigarettes, alcohol and drugs, enjoyed reading about the rich characters and how the mystery of The Goldfinch evolved and concluded.

Report This Mar 25, 2014
  • Jane60201 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

One of the best books I've read recently, especially the pithy descriptions of American life in various situations. However, the philosophising did get tedious, particularly at the end. Hard to figure out what Theo really wanted out of life, so the ending was left in a muddle.

Report This Mar 16, 2014
  • Purdyhedgehog rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Finished this marvellous book--fascinating story and some of the best descriptions I've ever read. Grand ideas. I was immersed in the world of Theo, but I do agree that more editing was necessary...not only for tiring passages, but for the actual weight of this novel; with its pointy edges, it was difficult to balance, and I had to devise a "holding strategy" so I could read it for long periods, (my personal copy). Good quality paper though, something not often seen nowadays.

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Report This Apr 13, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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….

Report This Jan 21, 2014
  • LCM185 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"A great sorrow, and one that I am only beginning to understand: we don’t get to choose our own hearts. We can’t make ourselves want what’s good for us or what’s good for other people. We don’t get to choose the people we are."

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  • ilowelife rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

BBC Interview with Donna Tart

Interview with Donna Tart on BBC Newsnight.

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