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The Goldfinch

Tartt, Donna

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Goldfinch
"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"--
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2013
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780316055437
Branch Call Number: FIC T
Characteristics: 771 pages ; 25 cm


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Dec 14, 2014
  • sroemer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Certainly on the shelf with the best fiction I've read in many years. The reader is just weaved into the story as it unfolds and takes so many surprising turns.

Dec 06, 2014
  • Noni_Sue rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I tried, I really did, but I had to give up. Too long and repetitive, and just not that interesting. I kept thinking I COULD really like it if it moved along.

Dec 04, 2014
  • Liselara rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Gosh, the waiting list for this book was so long that I requested the French translation (Le chardonneret). Either the translator was a hack and missed the mark or this was one of the most tiresome books I've picked up in years. I returned it to the library after 60 pages. Then to my surprise I see all these moving and well written comments.

Dec 01, 2014
  • sparl1012 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It's an interesting book and has some good characterizations and plot twists. However, I found it to be too long.

Nov 30, 2014
  • gfisher1970 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

i really enjoyed this book. yes it's long, but the story and characters are interwoven in such an interesting way that i couldn't put it down. i felt very engaged by the characters and the way they were portrayed and how they changed over time. plus the story was really unusual as well. i wld totally recommend this book - loved it.

I loved this book - best read of the year so far. Too long? Not long enough!

Nov 18, 2014
  • LearningA rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I'm a fan of Tartt's work, and overall I thought it was very good, but I did find it a bit hard to get into at first, and there were some sections that seemed slow or repititive. My book club thought it was too long.

One of the best books I have ever read! Who cares if it is 700 pages. I wish it had been 7,000 pages and gone on forever.

This used to be on my to-read list but I've heard from friends that it's kind of bloated (700+ pages!)

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Why does it cost so much, a thing like from kindergarten class? 'Ugly Blob.' 'Black Stick with Tangles." - Boris

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….

Jan 21, 2014
  • LauraM185 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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Oct 23, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_KenMc rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Leo is in a museum in New York City when a terrorist sets off a bomb. Alive but stunned, Leo comforts a dying man who gives him a ring with instructions where to take it, and then he grabs a valuable painting of a goldfinch and makes his way out of the museum and home. His mother has died in the bombing, and his life from then on revolves around the painting, the girl Pippa who alerted him to the bomb, Pippa's uncle Hobie who takes in Teo and teaches him to restore antiques, and Boris who is just bad news. This is the story of the power of great artworks to grab you soul and not let go. It is also a powerful reminder of the plight of children who lose their parents, or whose parents don't care for them.


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