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Tartt begins The Goldfinch with what should have been a classic Hitchcock trick, but - thanks to the blurb which reveals it in advance - never even had a chance. But th So, I did it! There is even a love story here, but the love interest is nothing more but a prop used to make it happen - she's not fleshed out to be a real person, and is made to look like a forever unreachable mysterious pixie girl. Tartt on such a stunning return. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Tartt owes a great debt to Dickens in the story's plot, characters, and pathos.
I just finished. The ending does not disappoint. What a diaphanous extravaganza of words. Of lists. Of never-ending stream of consciousness pompoonery. I made that word up. It's the merging of pompous and tom-foolery.
Is Tartt serious? Can she really be seriously presenting up this book with a straight face? The ending is Utterly astonishingly perfectly awful. If you are reading this and wondering if you should finish the book. Do it. Then report back here. I need the company. Read it! Because it won't ever get better for you Really. For those who LOVE this book: Good for you!
I am truly happy for you. There is nothing better than a book you love! Nov 11, Alan Wolk rated it really liked it. The Goldfinch is a brilliant story with memorable characters and most of the book is incredibly well done and fun to read.
Tartt needed an editor to cut out a lot of the repetitive detail Like several other reviewers, I too found myself page skimming -- sometimes the detail is fascinating, oftentimes it's unnecessary and just slows down the story.
There are a few other nits a good editor could have fixed, e. And then of course there are the adult Theo's relationships with women, all of which seem overly chaste and prim and bloodless especially compared to his relationship with Boris -- even when he professes otherwise. There's a lot of Great Expectations in this novel-- I can't imagine it's coincidence that one of the main characters is called Pippa-- and Tartt frequently uses Dickens beloved device of the happy coincidence to move the plot forward.
Usually Tartt makes the device work, but there are other times where the plot twists seem plucked from a forgettable TV movie of the week. The final chapter could also have used some heavier editing--" philosophizing" is a great way to end Theo's story, but the chapter just drags on forever, like a well meaning guest who won't stop saying goodbye. I gave it 4 stars because it's a really masterful story and the fairy tale quality makes it markedly different from so much of modern fiction.
I just wish the editors would have had a heavier hand. View all 53 comments. Jan 26, Peggy rated it it was ok.
I, Boris, character in this book will give you honest opinion. Very honest. If you are reading this, asking yourself, should I read this book which is pages? Very heavy, not that The Idiot was not pages, so not length I am afraid of.
If you are wondering, should I read? I answer for you already and say no! I am one of best things in book, at least not all the time moody, gloomy and so stupid I do not not even look in package. Even though I am very important character I must tell you, not I, Boris, character in this book will give you honest opinion.
Even though I am very important character I must tell you, not worth your time to read this. Okay to read beginning, some middle, end but if was me, better to be having a pop than all the time reading about depressed guy who wastes so many good drugs.
Bad things happen. All the time bad things. Does not mean cannot enjoy life. Does not mean should make many people spend very much money on depressing book.
Not to say is not masterpiece to some people but why spend money on this misery. Cannot all own masterpiece. Potter think he is only one lose mother. In book we none of us have mother. Does not take pages to figure this out. I would maybe read this if just pages, as long as there would not be such long stretches without me. Potter needs me all the time. Not good without me.
His one girl, Pippa, is smart not to let him make her into mother. If I was my good friend Theodore Decker and could not enjoy life at all I would do better job at killing self. Also honest opinion on how they say everyone is reading this book.
If I tell you jump off cliff, you do it? Many times I drag Potter from middle of road where he claims to be waiting for car. Did I tell him lie in street? So I tell you. Only good thing can come from reading this book maybe not even need to finish is lots to talk about with people.
Much discussion. Maybe if book from library or stolen worth it? But to buy own heavy copy? Could not even drop in canal without Dutch police all over you. Is better this way. Jan 31, Stephen King added it. He carries this symbol of grief and loss from early adolescence into an adulthood fraught with danger and beset by addiction.
The long middle sequence, set in a housing development on the seedy, sand-blown outskirts of Las Vegas, is a standout. Tartt proves that the Dickensian novel—expansive and bursting with incident—is alive and well. View all 87 comments. Nov 26, Lisa Kelsey rated it it was ok Shelves: As I read the reviews I am fascinated by the fact that I agree with aspects of many of them, whether they rate the book one, two, three, or even four stars.
Even the positive reviews point out the very many flaws. I suppose it all comes down to what you are willing to tolerate in a novel. I found Tartt's writing to be at times quite lovely, but I got the feeling she is a little too enamored with her own skill.
I am surprised to see the novel described as "dense. More like bloated--with lots of pretty fluff. When Theo is making his again, long and mysteriously uninterrupted way out of the Met in the beginning, I knew right away I was in for a severely under-edited read, and suspension of disbelief of inordinate proportions would be called upon. I am not a reader who must like or identify with the main character, or even any of them, but I do require them to at least be interesting or representative of a larger idea in some way, if not, then I at least want to be able to root for them.
Here, I found the characters unlikable except for Hobie and Pippa, but they just fade in and out and with no real emotional resonance. Theo's mourning for his mother in particular, felt vaguely like a lovesick teenager's rendition of grief in a creative writing class. His relationships with women are so shallow and unconvincing as to suggest that he is deeply closeted.
But with his lecturing at the end pursuing what your heart desires, etc , I would think he would come clean on this point if that were the case.
Even the discussion of the eponymous painting is lacking. It's as if the author didn't bother to research the piece--does she not know that Google exists? All the muddled philosophizing at the end left me unimpressed. In the end it was, in the words of Bart Simpson, "just a bunch of stuff that happened. If you are like me and finish a book you start no matter what, I would seriously give the reviews here a read before committing to it.
View all 61 comments. Nov 19, Gene Schmidt rated it did not like it. This was a huge disappointment for me. The opening New York sections were excellent, the description of the museum bombing and the whole Mansfield Park thing Tartt has going with Theo and the Barbour family, all of this works beautifully. I was excited to keep on reading to see where it all ended up, but once things move to Las Vegas the story takes a seriously wrong turn. I seem to be a minority opinion here, but there you have it.
I do remember sitting up all night in reading The Secret H This was a huge disappointment for me. I do remember sitting up all night in reading The Secret History. But this is something else I have to wonder for whom Tartt thinks she's writing. Does she really imagine that intelligent adult readers are going to be enthralled with hundreds of pages detailing the antics of a pair of burned-out druggie teenagers who spend their time smoking weed, swilling vodka, and dining on packets of sugar and whatever junk food delicacies they can boost from the local supermarket?
But once all the hype and interviews die down The comparisons to Dickens are particularly inappropriate. Poor little Joe the crossing sweeper sleeps in Tom All Alone's because he has no other choice.
But here Theo and Boris revel in their squalor and dissipation. Boris is the kind of character who seems to exist only in books and movies: I've been to high school. Burn outs are burn outs. Nor is there any hint of Dickens' rollicking and life-affirming humor in the book.
In fact there is no humor of any kind whatsoever at least not as far as I read. Not a drop of wit. No one even cracks a halfway decent dirty joke. And then there is Theo's father, an inveterate gambler deep into the loan sharks, and his aging sexpot girlfriend Xandra Wasted opportunity. Too bad.
I gave up halfway though the book. There is just such an incredible ugliness about all or almost all of the characters that I found I didn't care a damn what happened to them and certainly didn't want to spend any more time with them.
The ironic part is that Tartt is an incredible writer, a master of descriptive prose, attentive to detail and able to create a truly believable world on the page. Too bad it's such a rotten world. View all 91 comments. Dec 04, Jeffrey Keeten rated it it was amazing. Congratulations Donna Tartt! Because--what if that particular goldfinch and it is very particular had never been captured or born into captivity, displayed in some household where the painter Fabritius was able to see it?
It can never have understood why it was forced to live in such misery: Yet even a child can see its dignity; thimble of bravery, all fluff and brittle bone. Not timid, not even hopeless, but steady and holding its place. Refusing to pull back from the world. Theo Decker is a child, with a mother obsessed with art. She frequently would skip buying lunch to have enough money to go to a museum. It is easy to give up food when one is about to nourish the soul.
She in particular wants to see The Goldfinch and she wants to share that experience with Theo. Donna Tartt is a master of language, but she really excels when she is composing people.
In fact she was half Irish, half Cherokee, from a town in Kansas near the Oklahoma border; and she liked to make me laugh by calling herself an Okie even though she was as glossy and nervy and stylish as a racehorse.
He never sees her again. They live on Park Avenue, and though they try their best to make him feel welcome it is impossible for him to ever feel like anything other than a charity case. Barbour was from a society family with an old Dutch name, so cool and blonde and monotone that sometimes she seemed partially drained of blood.
She was a masterpiece of composure; nothing ever ruffled her or made her upset, and though she was not beautiful her calmness had the magnetic pull of beauty--a stillness so powerful that the molecules realigned themselves around her when she came into a room. He has the scent of insurance money in his nose. He has a gambling addiction that rains money when he wins, but when he loses the vig requires a blizzard of money to fix. His father acted in a handful of bit parts in Hollywood for a few years before washing out.
Yet even in the midst of his laid-backness he still had that crazed and slightly heroic look of schoolboy insolence, all the more stirring since it was drifting toward autumn, half-ruined and careless of itself. Seriously who do I need to talk to about this?
In other words Theo is turned loose allowed to roam, and do whatever he wants to do. Theo meets Boris, a Russian kid with even less supervision than Theo, and falls into a hedonistic lifestyle of drugs and alcohol abuse that will haunt him for the rest of his life.
The need to escape becomes a pattern that by necessity has to become more and more creative as he swims his way through a sea of pills and booze into adulthood. Bret Easton Ellis: Meanwhile The Goldfinch follows along with Theo. Before leaving New York Theo returns the ring, that he was given at the museum, to a man named Hobie who turns out to be a business partner of the deceased man. Hobie is a furniture restoring expert. He keeps parts from unsalvageable antiques and uses those pieces to replace damaged sections on salvageable antiques.
He also creates new pieces of furniture by marrying filigree to a plain piece as long as the wood dates from the same period. He is an artist. He calls these pieces of furniture his changelings. He begins selling these changelings as real antiques. If someone complains he gives their money back and at the same time creates provenance that the antique came from their collection.
He uses that provenance to sell the next person. Brilliant, illegal, but brilliant. He meets Pippa, who stays with Hobie from time to time. She was also hurt in the blast at the museum. Pippa is forever linked with his mother, not because she knew his mother, but because she entered his life at the very moment his mother left it. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life. If he looks at it too often he will become totally possessed. So there is a boy blown up, lost, found, lost, lost, lost, and dare we to hope he is to be found once more?
This book is full of beautiful, lyrical language, and a cast of characters that could have competed with a book from the Victorian era. A life that can never quite be understood, and a life made nearly unbearable by the memory of flight. Insofar as it is immortal and it is I have a small, bright, immutable part in that immortality.
It exists; and it keeps on existing. And I add my own love to the history of people who have loved beautiful things, and looked out for them, and pulled them from the fire, and sought them when they were lost, and tried to preserve them and save them while passing them along literally from hand to hand, singing out brilliantly from the wreck of time to the next generation of lovers, and the next. JeffreyKeeten Blog page Feb 12, Rick Riordan rated it it was amazing. Adult contemporary fiction. The Goldfinch was the book to read last year, so I didn't read it.
Happily I corrected that over the last few weeks! It's the story of young Theo whose mother dies in a terrorist explosion at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. In the ensuing chaos, Theo escapes with his mother's favorite painting, The Goldfinch, a priceless Dutch masterpiece that becomes Theo's secret treasure and also the albatross around his neck.
The story follows Theo into adulthood, through a s Adult contemporary fiction. The story follows Theo into adulthood, through a series of tragedies and misadventures, until at last, he must face the music in regards to the missing painting. The novel is part coming-of-age story, part mystery, part rumination on the value of a human life versus the value of art. The writing is evocative yet accessible. The characters are wonderfully evoked.
Tartt knows how to keep readers engaged with a compelling plot, yet the story is about much more than what happens to Theo and the painting. It's about loss and grief and loyalty. It's a remarkable read. I almost had to stop reading the book when Theo's ne'er-do-well father came on the scene because he was such an ass I wanted to strangle him, but later in the book, Tartt made even that character seem understandable, if not sympathetic. And Boris.
If nothing else, read this book to meet Boris. View all 7 comments. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt This is more than a beautifully written novel. It is a life philosophy, a love letter to great art and a literary version of a painting.
Life is full of struggle but the beauty we encounter during it might be what makes it worth living. They want it all as detailed as possible because even the The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt This is more than a beautifully written novel. They want it all as detailed as possible because even the tiniest things mean something. Whenever you see flies or insects in a still life—a wilted petal, a black spot on the apple—the painter is giving you a secret message.
Death in life. But if you look closer—there it is. When the scene shifts to the barren wasteland of suburban Las Vegas, it is a striking contrast. The characters and their stories are conveyed with such detail, they've become real people to me. Theo is a modern-day Pip Great Expectations. Hobie is a modern-day Joe Gargery Great Expectations. He's a kind, gentle man who rehabilitates furniture in a dusty antique shop The Old Curiosity Shop.
An entire part of the book is named after Dostoevsky's novel, The Idiot. Boris spends several paragraphs analyzing The Idiot and its dark message about life. Boris nicknames the Theo as Potter, a sharp contrast between the cute, wholesomeness of Harry Potter with the bleakness of Theo's life as an orphan.
They live in a richly decorated Upper West Side apartment stuffed with priceless furniture and large, dark oil paintings of naval battles. The Age of Innocence, Great Gatsby. Art in almost every form is represented in the book: I counted 36 works of classic literature referenced in The Goldfinch, 24 classic films, 20 iconic paintings, and a dozen iconic musicians and pieces of music.
Characters in the book find meaning in their life through art and the creative process: Hobie through furniture restoration, Pippa through her music, Fabritius through his painting, Donna Tartt through prose. The last 10 pages of the novel pull the themes of the book to the surface. What if you do the wrong things in life, but for the right reasons? Life is harsh, cruel and so short; what's the point? Perhaps art gives us hope and helps make life worth living.
Maybe there is no ultimate truth, no transcendent divine experience. Maybe the acts we commit out of love, are beyond good and evil. Perhaps the artist's job is, not to surrender to the emptiness of existence, but to find an antidote to counteract that feeling of emptiness.
Maybe hope, even if it is just an illusion, is a reason to continue. Maybe the beauty we encounter in life is what makes it all worth living. It took ten years for Donna Tartt to finish this book. It was worth the wait. View all 47 comments. Jan 02, Jeanette "Astute Crabbist" rated it did not like it. I don't know where to start in describing my experience of this enormous hunk of enormousness.
I came within less than pages of finishing it, but I cannot go on. A brief and crabby synopsis of my experience with this book: Five stars for sure.
Four stars, but only if it improves soon. Author has written herself into a corner but trudges doggedly on. Three stars, dropping to two stars, and finally 1. The days go by, I'm reading 8 or 10 pages a day at most.
I hate the characters, hate the book, and come to hate the author because she took 10 years to write a book and wants us to take another 10 years to read it.
View all 68 comments. I finished it. And it was awesome. Review to come. View all 5 comments. This was an exciting book and despite being nearly pages long, was quite a page-turner. The characters were all drawn realistically and with all their flaws with the possible exception of Hobie who was a lovable sweetheart!
The protagonist, Theo is also our narrator and is fairly reliable as he doesn't hold anything back - even his own many faults. The external narrative is on the fate of the painting The Goldfinch by Fabritius about which we learn its own turbulent history and extreme ge This was an exciting book and despite being nearly pages long, was quite a page-turner.
The external narrative is on the fate of the painting The Goldfinch by Fabritius about which we learn its own turbulent history and extreme genius throughout the narrative following the explosion on page 34 and how this impacted Theo's life.
The painting actually plays a very background position over most of the narrative and only comes centerstage again at the end of the book. Theo makes a lot of poor choices - unfortunately his father's sleazy girlfriend Xandra was right that he is far more like his father than he is willing to admit and yet in some of the best passages in the book, towards the end where Boris talks about Dosto's The Idiot: Maybe sometimes - the wrong way is the right way!
You can take the wrong path and it still comes out where you want to be? Or, spin it another way, sometimes you can do everything wrong and it still turns out to be right. We know that despite Theo's tendency towards his dad, he is nonetheless a more genuine person and that Boris with all his external show of bravado - and of course his one big betrayal of Theo - he turns out to also to precisely the surprising but right thing in the end. It is to Tartt's credit that the book contained so much detail and none of it boring or pedantic about furniture, art, and literature driving me crazy I cannot place the turning point scene in La Recherche between Swann and Odette that she refers to which added a lot more depth and interest to the book.
Personally, I think the length was fine - she had a lot of story to tell and did an excellent job telling. I love at the end also where Theo is traveling and tells us that one of the lessons he learned from Hobie was: I found that to be a beautiful image and full of truth - like Plato's cave.
Yet, another apt and thought-provoking insight from this rich and thought-provoking masterpiece. This was one time that the Pulitzer nailed it. On a side note, I made my own trek to the Mauritshuis museum in Den Haag years ago when reading Proust to see Vermeer's View of Delft and the Girl with the Pearl Earring but either the painting was traveling or I drifted right past it towards Rembrandt.
Guess I need to return to the Hague! Her other two books were good, but this one was the best. I was in Den Haag at the wonderful Mauritshuis Museum and saw again the original Fabritius painting - absolutely stunning.
Interesting tidbit: View all 35 comments. Oct 22, Maciek rated it liked it Shelves: Donna Tartt's latest novel has left this reader relatively unimpressed, especially considering the fact that she's author of The Secret History - a successful and popular novel which resulted in an entire generation of books which tried to be like it - and has reportedly spent 10 years writing The Goldfinch , which could very well be true, since she has written exactly three books in three decades.
Understandably, her new novel became the object of much anticipation and when it was finally releas Donna Tartt's latest novel has left this reader relatively unimpressed, especially considering the fact that she's author of The Secret History - a successful and popular novel which resulted in an entire generation of books which tried to be like it - and has reportedly spent 10 years writing The Goldfinch , which could very well be true, since she has written exactly three books in three decades.
Understandably, her new novel became the object of much anticipation and when it was finally released it did so to rave reviews, with Stephen King calling it "an extraordinary work of fiction" and even the notoriously harsh Michiko Kakutani was charmed, and called the novel "dazzling". I confess to be genuinely puzzled by all the positive reviews, as the book that I've read overly long, very disjointed and overall surprisingly clumsy, considering the time it took to complete. This is a story which has all the potential of being great but is simply not told very well, and ultimately collapses under its own weight.
Tartt begins The Goldfinch with what should have been a classic Hitchcock trick, but - thanks to the blurb which reveals it in advance - never even had a chance. Theo Decker - the main protagonist and narrator - is a 13 year old boy who is visiting New York's Metropolitan Art Museum with his mother, where they're viewing an exhibition of Renaissance Dutch art.
Theo is charmed by a young girl who is visiting the museum with an elderly man, and wants to look at her a bit more, prompting his mother to go and take a look at her favorite paintings. Just after she disappears a bomb explodes, turning the museum and exhibition into rubble and dust. Theo miraculously survives, and notices that the elderly man he saw just minutes ago is dying - but manages to call Theo, and gives him his ring with an address.
Theo sees him pointing at a painting which somehow has escaped unscathed, freed from its frame by the explosion, and understands that the man wants him to save it. The painting is a famous one - its Carel Fabritius's The Goldfinch , a favorite of his mother's. Theo decides to take it and leaves the museum, later learning that she was killed in the blast.
Theo can't cope with the fact - he and his mother have been very close since his abusive father has left the family several years ago. Effectively orphaned and scared by the prospect of living with elderly and uncaring relatives which the social service agents want to impose on him, Theo manages to secure temporary residence with his friend Andy and his family - the Barbours.
He suffers from survivor's guilt, blaming himself for his mother's tragic death and can't imagine having to live without her. Tartt takes her time to illustrate Theo's misery and slow recovery from grief as he lives with the Barbour family - a group stunted and odd in their own way.
Until one day Theo's father unexpectedly shows up with his girlfriend, and takes Theo to live with them in their house in Las Vegas. This is the point where the novel loses its ground and never regains it.
Theo's father - a gambler who walks on the thin rope hanging over the great ocean of casinos, filled with loan sharks - and his girlfriend, Xandra, who is not sure what to make of Theo. They're both interesting characters but remain woefully underused and undeveloped - there's a glimmer of a great plot involving Theo's father and his experiences with those who run the Casinos which is then literally and quite unceremoniously dropped, and remains unresolved for hundreds of pages - and when it finally is mentioned again you almost wish that it was forgotten altogether, since the way Tartt "solved" it is truly that lame.
A total cop-out and a shame, as it essentially ended what could be a fascinating part of the book. Also, when did the setting stop being important? After being treated to minutiae descriptions of New York and its environs, Las Vegas is basically skimmed over - all we learn about it is the fact that it's in the middle of a desert and that its full of scorching sunlight.
The adjective "Dickensian" gets used a lot in reviews of this book, but I don't think its deserved - unless a novel whose main character is an orphan somehow becomes "Dickensian" by association to Tartt's credit she inserts a literal Old Curiosity Shop with a Kindly Older Guardian Figure into the book too.
Since Theo can be seen as a contemporary Oliver Twist, here enters the charismatic character who will play his Artful Dodger - a Ukrainian teenager named Boris. Boris is the type of character which can only exist in fiction, and is a rather cartoonish composite of various stereotypes that Westerners have about Russians, Ukrainians and other Slavic people at least his name isn't Ivan. Boris is a character who does not stay away from alcohol an drugs of course , and has a rich father who unfortunately is also an abusive alcoholic I think we've seen that before.
Boris also deals with drugs and has connection to the underworld I guess the usual poor black teenager drug dealers wouldn't be exotic enough , but in reality is a genius when sober who is able to converse in several languages, has seen half the planet his homeland ranks the lowest - of course , and reads Dostoevsky and other ambitious literature in original in his spare time, when not drugged out of his mind. In the real world it simply does not happen - you'd be surprised to see how quickly irresponsibility combined with drugs can extinguish the brightest of fires.
Boris's cartoonishness comes as a weird contrast to Theo, whom Tartt tried to portray realistically and convincingly.
The antics of both Boris and Theo make me lose whatever sympathy I could have had for him - he was a whiny and uninteresting kid, but anyone would be a little shaken if their mom exploded. But neither he or Boris are Dickensian characters. Dickens wrote about orphaned children who struggled through life, but they struggled against the condition the world threw them into. Oliver Twist ends up with Fagin because he was swayed by the Artful Dodger, who himself knew no other life.
Pip in Great Expectations strives to be a gentleman to impress Estella, whom he pursues. Contrary to that, both Theo and Boris openly embrace the squalor and disintegration, reveling in drug-fueled stupidity, antics and parties. There is no warm humor so familiar to anyone who has ever read a Dickens novel, and not even an shade of anything which could have passed for a portion of his wit.
The novel then moves back to New York, and then across the seas to Amsterdam - in a sequence of events which would suggest that Tartt came up with a series of ideas for several novels and tried to connect them all into a great, big one, which didn't work out. There is even a love story here, but the love interest is nothing more but a prop used to make it happen - she's not fleshed out to be a real person, and is made to look like a forever unreachable mysterious pixie girl.
The painting which Theo took from the museum - the Goldfinch - is forgotten for hundreds of pages until it is suddenly mentioned again, and what should have been a major issue in the book - will Theo ever get rid of it, and if he does - how?
In her review Kakutani has admitted that Tartt's sequence of events are highly improbable, but wrote that startling coincidences and sudden reversals of fortune is just Tartt being adept at "harnessing all the conventions of the Dickensian novel". I call bullshit and say that this is just an excuse for lazy and incompetent plotting.
A plethora of impossible coincidences shouldn't be so easily accepted - Dickens wrote his novel in installments for newspapers, prety much making the story up as he went on.
Sometimes he ran himself into a corner an had to resort to an impropable chain of events - but then he had a week to publish the next chapter of his novel, while Tartt had ten years. The novel picks up the pace in the last third, which is the tightest and most frenetic part of the book The ending of The Goldfinch is worthy of a hungover Paulo Coehlo phoning it in on a bad day, and contains the worst of pompous maudlinism disguised as revelation.
It feels tacked-on as an afterthought, and makes the reader wonder if the character is consciously engaging in pseudo-intellectual posturing or is genuinely one of the biggest blockheads in contemporary literature. Ultimately, The Goldfinch is a disappointing book - especially considering the wait time and all the hype that surrounded it.
I gave it an extra start for Donna Tartt's writing - she does have a talent for constructing nice sentences here and there - but it does not warrant the pages that it is printed on.
Like the saying goes - a picture paints a thousand words, but thousands of words couldn't paint this picture. View all 76 comments. She has taken a form of novel - the doorstopper, the tome, the phonebook - and taken something away from it that is has often never been without: People gushed over this book when it came out.
Absolutely soiled themselves. I scarcely recall any other book in the five years since The Goldfinch came out that has had anywhere near the same amount of complete domination. I mean, it was all, of course, deserved. No other writer has written anything like this since, nor has anyone even tried. I was still disillusioned by how much I did not enjoy The Secret History. And I found myself again in The Goldfinch. In Theo. I mean, Theo is insufferable. Everything about him just reeks, really.
But god is he loveable. The broken male teen. Holden Caulfield wishes. Ah Hobie. Sweet, clueless Hobie. I will do everything in my power to protect you. And the entire second-half? The thing with Dickens was it was all plot. You could never say nothing happens in Dickens, if anything too many things happen.
I really loved it. But great. Some bits needed polishing. The whole marriage thing? I feel the problem is me. Not the book. But The Little Friend can eat my entire ass. View all 19 comments. Mar 22, Trudi rated it it was amazing Shelves: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Congratulations, Ms. Tartt on such a stunning return. The Goldfinch is a doorstopper, weighing in at over densely written pages. Yet, I found myself tearing through it as if I couldn't read it fast enough.
I don't know what the secret is to Ms. Tartt's prose, but I dig it. I dig it a lot. Maybe it's due to sheer deprivation absence making the heart grow fonder and all that jazz , because this lady, while her talent goes undisputed, has only mana Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Maybe it's due to sheer deprivation absence making the heart grow fonder and all that jazz , because this lady, while her talent goes undisputed, has only managed to pen three novels in three decades -- the very antithesis of James Patterson whom I wish would just go away -- how many trees have to die for you, Jim?
I can be a real sucker for a sense of place. Tartt writes New York in such a way that I was able to feel the thrum of traffic and smell the bakeries and the sewers. Taxis, doormen, park benches, museums, lunch counters -- all swirling together in a portrait that's as carefully rendered as any artist's painting. When she transplants readers to the parched and desolate Las Vegas suburbs, I became just as enthralled by the startling contrast between bustling city and dry desert.
There's really not much to say here other than I became totally immersed in this book while I was reading it.
It's a character-driven piece in the sense that it's without an intricate plot, or Big Reveals. But oh, what characters!
All the feels! It was just such a heartening experience to get to know them all and watch them hurl through life together, for better and for worse. It's the characters from which we draw the tension and the pace of the story and it's all so deftly handled by Ms. Tartt that I'm actually left floundering for ways to adequately describe it.
So I won't. Let her take you on this journey and I'll get the hell out of the way. View all 30 comments. Nathan "N. I have been to the Himalayas, Easter Island, Neptune, and Dundee, and never have I encountered words on the page that have rocked me to the core of my deep deep soul as this.
Smith agrees is a masterpiece. Emotions can be emotional.
We can gaze into our souls and find dark things there, like old bananas or burnt toast. Sometimes overcoming struggle can be a struggle and we need the love of loved ones to help us overcome the emotional struggles with our loved ones. Those people are dead. Our families can be terrible and drive us to do crazy things, like burn down the house and run off with a My Chemical Romance groupie who leaves us penniless in the pub toilets after taking our virginity.
It is reassuring to know that there are always people there for us, if we have enough mobile credit and remember the hotline to the Samaritans. Further exaggeration as to how this book changed my life, without ever getting into the specifics. The characters. The plot. The words. The pages. Read this because I am more important than all of you.
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