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The Goldfinch

[a Novel]
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"-- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Tartt, Donna
Title: The goldfinch
[a novel]
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2013
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"-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 9780316055437
0316055433
Statement of Responsibility: Donna Tartt
Subject Headings: Young men Fiction Loss (Psychology) Fiction Artists Fiction Self-realization Fiction FICTION / Literary New York (N.Y.) Fiction FICTION / Literary. bisacsh
Genre/Form: Bildungsromans
Suspense fiction
Topical Term: Young men
Loss (Psychology)
Artists
Self-realization
FICTION Literary
FICTION Literary
LCCN: 2013028907
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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."

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

New winner of the Pulitzer for Fiction 2014.

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.

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

Report This Feb 26, 2014
  • Safariluv03 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

While I thoroughly enjoyed this book I did find it could have used a tad more editing before hitting the shelves. I dislike when a book is long just for the sake of being long but isn't worthwhile for the reader. That being said, I really enjoyed the characters and the story on a whole. It was well thought out and kept me interested right to the end. I felt emotionally invested in these characters who were written so well it wasn't unimaginable to think you've known them in your real life. I would definitely recommend this book to fellow readers with the caution it can be a bit long winded at times but overall well worth it.

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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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