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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
Statement of Responsibility: Donna Tartt
Title: The goldfinch
Edition: First Edition
Characteristics: 771 pages ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
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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.

Report This Mar 15, 2014
  • ElizabethB rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Best book I have read since Life after Life. So sad when I finished it! Now every book I pick up is just ho hum. Curse of a great book, makes all others seem bad. :)

Report This Mar 14, 2014
  • mytwin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book.I was right there in the art museum,on the streets of New York,in Las Vegas and Amsterdam.When an author can transport me completely into a story,so that I am breathing,smelling,reading with a Russian/ Euro accent,I have read a MOST FANTASTIC book. If you love art,travel,complicated people,you will love this book,too.

Report This Mar 08, 2014
  • queensgirl1963 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was a great story but way too long. Some of the minutia detail made me weary. I could not wait to finish it.

needed a really good editor, some characters interesting, on the whole, very pedestrian.

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  • 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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BBC Interview with Donna Tart

Interview with Donna Tart on BBC Newsnight.

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