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The Goldfinch

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2014



Aged thirteen, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to the thing that most reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld. As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love - and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.



The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power. Combining unforgettably vivid characters and thrilling suspense, it is a beautiful, addictive triumph - a sweeping story of loss and obsession, of survival and self-invention, of the deepest mysteries of love, identity and fate.

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  1. 56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Why the controversy?, 14 Aug 2014
    By 
    M. READ (London) –
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    This review is from: The Goldfinch (Kindle Edition)
    Coming a bit late to the party here, I read the novel aware of most of the views expressed, and the deep divisions between reviewers–the majority hailing it as a masterpiece, while a few dissenters slam it. Far be it from me to challenge the professionals, but I think the qualities and faults are pretty clear. No-one surely can deny the charm of Tartt’s style, or her ability to set up an intriguing situation (the qualities which made ‘The Secret History’ so popular). But the problem with an intriguing set-up is that it tends to promise more than it can deliver– I felt this even with ‘The Secret History’, which I loved. Here, the last 100 pages are a bit of a mess (maybe that’s going slightly too far– let’s say complex and convoluted without enough depth to balance them). But in terms of a reader’s pleasure there are whole stretches that are outstanding–for me, particularly the Las Vegas section. Since my taste is always for a novel that tries to do too much rather than too little, I can’t help warming even to the excesses. Yes, editors could have taken the scissors to it–but I think they would have taken its heart away–its sense of the richness and complexity of
    life.

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  2. 7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Beautifully written very depressing, 16 Sep 2014
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    owlet (france) –

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    This review is from: The Goldfinch (Kindle Edition)
    The Secret History was so beautifully written that I read slowly in order to prolong it. Donna Tart just writes so fantastically well that I started the Goldfinch thinking I was in for another tremendous treat.
    However, now that I am in three quarters of the way through I find I just cannot read anymore. Almost all the characters are just horrible apart from Hobie and I just do not want to read anymore about the self destruction of Theo. After having a terrible start to life, and an appalling stage with his neglectful and ghastly father – he finally gets on the road to happiness but falls down heavily in to a spiral of misery. I just cannot read anymore of this depressing story tho I think Donna Tart writes divinely.

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  3. 21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Where is a good editor when you really need him/her?, 28 Sep 2014
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    This review is from: The Goldfinch (Paperback)
    The hype and critical plaudits persuaded me to buy this book, yet here I am, 320 pages into this saga, and I am still reading about Theo and Boris ‘s endless vodka and vomit scenarios in a bleak and windswept corner of Las Vegas.
    I am not only wondering where this unpleasant episode will take me, but also wondering how, after 300 + pages! we finally arrived here; believe me, the journey was far from interesting, the characters were easily forgettable, the plot meandering beyond belief, and I really, really cannot face a further 400 pages of meaningless and uninspiring drivel. My main concern is that I was ” duped” into reading he reviews, “conned” into Radio 4′s coverage of Ms Tartt’s new novel, and sadly, I totally believed the critical acclaim quoted within the book. How can this be so gripping, so heart- stopping, so heart-rendering, so thrilling and touching, so masterful!!
    I am a book addict. I am of mature years. I have read hundreds upon hundreds of books. I love reading. So how can this be such an awful novel, yet so highly acclaimed.
    There have been many comparisons made between The Goldfinch and Great Expectations. Ignore the references. Please, please take my advice. The autumnal nights will soon be upon us. Buy a copy of ” Great Expectations” and sit by an open fire with a comforting drink, and relish the devour the wonderful characters created for you by Mr Dickens. You will remember them all with great affection for years and years to come.
    The characters offered to you by Ms Tartt will be forgotten before you turn a page and close the book and place it in a dark space at the very black of a library shelf………never to be viewed again.

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