The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316242370
Characteristics: 771 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Gold-finch


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At the age of 13, Theo Decker loses his mother to an accident, lives out his teen years in the privileged environment of Park Avenue and gets drawn into the underworld of the art community.

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AL_KATI Jun 28, 2017

You have to commit to this book--it's incredibly long. The story is good, the character development is strong, and you might find yourself discouraged about halfway through because you'll think the editor needed to break out the red pen more often.

May 27, 2017

At first, I thought I had found an interesting book! Although it was over 800 pages, I was optimistic that time spent would be worthwhile. Midway through the story, I found myself becoming tired of the very long descriptive paragraphs...and ,worse, becoming a little bored. I believe Tartt would have produced a better book if she shortened it to 300 pages. The story is not worth the time spent.

May 09, 2017

One of the best books I've read in a while! Donna Tartt is an incredibly prolific writer and will have you hooked from page one. Truth be told, this is a very lengthy book, but I found it so captivating that I didn't want it to end. Like other reviewers said, this novel has a lot of dark undertones, but that doesn't mean you should shy away from it. In fact, I think it's because of her outstanding writing that it is easy to become enraptured with the story and dark feelings of the characters. Phenomenal story, and worth trying out.

Apr 17, 2017

This is one of the most brilliantly written novels out there. I loved it from beginning to end. Donna Tartt just breaks your heart with Theo's life, yet it's filled with so much fun with Boris. I absolutely loved Boris and he's my absolute favorite in the book. It's truly a great book and the characters and story are just rich in life. You'll want to read this book and never put it down.

Mar 28, 2017

At times brilliant; however, indispersed between long sections of very downbeat and depressing self destruction. Overall a intriguing book, but Definitely not for anyone but optimists. One wonderds if perhaps the author was walking in the protagonist's shoes for a while and wanted us to get a feeling of what that was like. I, too had to put the book down at times, as it dragged me down or I just wanted to quit hanging in there with this character. Some of the side bars overshadowed the plot line.

Feb 18, 2017

From page one I was sucked into the story and world of Theo and could not put the book down. Tartt's descriptions are transporting and her characters, while almost too fantastical to be real, feel real in Theo's upside down world. The characters are the glue to this story but the mystery and plot move the story along. Highly recommend.

Jan 20, 2017

This book KNOCKED MY SOCKS OFF - an amazing, dizzying, virtuosic feat . I lived every minute of the story with the characters. I did not find it too long, in fact I wanted MORE. I missed the characters for weeks; they had become family. Now I'm having a hard time finding another novel that grips me like this one.

Jan 03, 2017

I very much enjoyed the contrast of a not so beautiful story written in the most beautiful way. I loved this book from start to finish, there is something about the way she writes that gripped me even when there wasn't anything particularly exciting happening.

Nov 19, 2016

I also found this book to be way too long. Many of the passages are insightful and beautifully written, but by page 600 I found myself skipping through pages until I found the next part of the plot.

Karen_Weber Oct 31, 2016

This book hit the reader's circuit by storm in 2013 and immediately grips the reader with a tragic and all-too-familiar event. While I am a lover of Literature (capital L Literature), I found this novel to be too wordy and lengthy. What could be accomplished in 10 pages, Donna Tartt chose to do in 50. Many loved it! I did not. :-/

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Apr 17, 2017

“When you feel homesick,’ he said, ‘just look up. Because the moon is the same wherever you go.”

Jun 16, 2015

“Caring too much for objects can destroy you. Only—if you care for a thing enough, it takes on a life of its own, doesn’t it? And isn’t the whole point of things—beautiful things—that they connect you to some larger beauty?”

KateyC Jun 26, 2014

Why does it cost so much, a thing like from kindergarten class? 'Ugly Blob.' 'Black Stick with Tangles." - Boris

Apr 13, 2014

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

"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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siammarino Sep 22, 2014

Leo is in a museum in New York City when a terrorist sets off a bomb. Alive but stunned, Leo comforts a dying man who gives him a ring with instructions where to take it, and then he grabs a valuable painting of a goldfinch and makes his way out of the museum and home. His mother has died in the bombing, and his life from then on revolves around the painting, the girl Pippa who alerted him to the bomb, Pippa's uncle Hobie who takes in Teo and teaches him to restore antiques, and Boris who is just bad news. This is the story of the power of great artworks to grab you soul and not let go. It is also a powerful reminder of the plight of children who lose their parents, or whose parents don't care for them.


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