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The Goldfinch

Tartt, Donna (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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
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"--
Subject Headings: Young men Fiction Loss (Psychology) Fiction Artists Fiction Self-realization Fiction New York (N.Y.) Fiction
Genre/Form: Bildungstromans
Suspense fiction
Topical Term: Young men
Loss (Psychology)
Artists
Self-realization
LCCN: 2013028907
ISBN: 9780316055437
0316055433
9780316242370
0316242373
Branch Call Number: FIC T
Research Call Number: JFE 13-9109
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This is one of my favourite books from 2013.

Jul 22, 2014
  • MissNatalie_ rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This book is quite long and hard to get through. None of the overly-described characters are grand enough to keep you caring for the duration.
It wasn't terrible but, not great either. When it was over, I was more impressed with myself for getting through it than with the story.

Jul 19, 2014
  • carinmilburn rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The book was wonderful until Theo grew up. Once he was an adult character was more difficult to like. I think Ms. Tartt should have had all the "action and intrigue" as a fifteen year old. The author is excellent at character development. But, the book is about 200 pages too long. I had to force myself to finish it. It is also unclear when all this takes places. Cell phones, texting and references to Harry Potter imply he was young in the middle to end of 2000s but then when he's an adult it would take place in the future. It was worth borrowing from the library to read but I wouldn't recommend buying it.

Jul 16, 2014
  • ultragirl rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I so looked forward to reading this book.
It began well but quickly evolved into long paragraphs of endless description. I soon lost empathy for Theo. The greater portion of this book is devoted to describing multiple drug induced "escapades" of 2 teenage boys. The end was so unrealistic and unbelievable.... I finished it but cannot recommend this long tome to anyone.

I do not recommend this book. way to long and detailed.
and the characters just never mature as they age. boring!!

Extraordinary - if a bit overlong - novel. It has three of my favorite themes: art, New York, and homage to other books, notably Harry Potter. Once you start listing the Rowling references you can't stop! I agree that some of the drug-induced fantasies are a bit indulgent, but there is so much plot, plenty to fill over 900 pages. It would be a great book discussion choice, but just too long for most readers.

Jul 07, 2014
  • 2011angie rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Note to people waiting for this book: DON'T. I am so dissapointed. If you like to find out how a 15 yrs old boy abuses drugs, 3/4 of the book is just that. The painting?? don't know, must have missed that page....

This book needs an editor. The premise of the story is excellent, but why are so many pages devoted to the drug scene. We get the picture, so why do we have to wade through so many pages before the story continues?

Jul 07, 2014
  • sherit rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I started this book very enthusiastically, but I couldn't finish it. Greatly overrated.

Jul 02, 2014
  • furlan rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

What is all the hoopla about? This book needs a good editing. It is too long and too much time devoted to the drug scene. What is the author trying to say? I have no idea!

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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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Mar 24, 2014
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