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The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch [Kindle Edition]

Donna Tartt
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A glorious novel that pulls together all her remarkable storytelling talents into a rapturous, symphonic whole and reminds the reader of the immersive, stay-up-all-night pleasures of reading (Michiko Kakutani New York Times)

The Goldfinch is a triumph . . . Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction (Stephen King New York Times)

An astonishing achievement . . . if anyone has lost their love of storytelling, The Goldfinch will most certainly return it to them. The last few pages of the novel take all the serious, big, complicated ideas beneath the surface and hold them up to the light (Guardian)

A modern epic and an old-fashioned pilgrimage...Dickens with guns, Dostoevsky with pills, Tolstoy with antiques. And if it doesn't gain Tartt entry to the mostly boys' club that is The Great American Novel, to drink with life-members John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, Saul Bellow, Philip Roth et al, then we should close down the joint and open up another for the Great Global Novel - for that is what this is (Alex O’Connell The Times)

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Donna Tartt, author of the phenomenal bestsellers The Secret History and The Little Friend, returns with a breathtaking new novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1424 KB
  • Print Length: 881 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0349139636
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group (22 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C74SHRK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,001 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Donna Tartt was born in Greenwood, Mississippi, and is a graduate of Bennington College. She is the author of the novels The Secret History, The Little Friend, and The Goldfinch, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2014.

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421 of 469 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical 24 Oct 2013
This is a tough book to review without gushing and without giving away too much of the story. I am going to gush, because in this instance I can't help it, but I'm going to try to avoid giving away too much of the story, because many of the great delights of The Goldfinch come from that rare experience of reading for pleasure: turning the pages to see what happens next, and losing yourself in this world of someone's creation. So try to know as little about this book as you can before you start to read it. The Goldfinch is a novel of many wonderful surprises, whether it's the introduction of both major or minor characters, or plot twists I really never expected, or unexpected shifts of scenery. (And whoa! One change in location in particular is a masterclass in dramatic handling, artfully rendered and most purposefully done.)

But gush isn't enough, so let me just say this: if you're a fan of Harry Potter or Pinocchio or The Wizard of Oz, if you've enjoyed Truman Capote, Jack Kerouac or J.D. Salinger, or Huckleberry Finn or Walt Whitman, if you've had fun with Breaking Bad or Six Feet Under, if you can imagine Dickensian epics retold for the era of global capital and sprinkled with a dose of Buddhist sentiment, if you love the old masters of Dutch painting, if you love dogs, if you love little birds, if you've loved either of Donna Tartt's other novels, if you live for great storytelling, if you think that art can change the world and that we can love unquestioningly (deep breath) ... if any of the above apply to you in any way, there is a good chance that you might like or even (like me) love this book and be totally wrapped in its embrace.

The ending of the book just soars. It moved me to tears.

The Goldfinch is epic, and it's ambitious. The many fantastic reviews are warranted. It takes risks, and they worked magically for me. Books as pleasurable as this are rare events. Yes, I'm gushing.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliance and paradox 13 April 2014
Rarely these days does one find a writer brave enough to confront so unflinchingly the desperateness of the human condition in the 21st century. But Donna Tartt is such a writer and it is this which raises her novel The Goldfinch to the highest level of art. The protagonist Theo Decker has been compared to Pip in Great Expectations but the reality is that this is a far darker tale than Dickens' novel.

Dickens shines a light on the bleakness and wickedness at the heart of 19th century British industrial society but in his novels there is always the conviction that good and right will triumph in the end. This was still a Christian world he was writing about after all and his Victorian audience expected a happy ending even if the reality did not quite live up to it.

But the amoral world Theo Decker inhabits following the death of his mother in a terrorist attack in New York, is a world of unrelieved bleakness where there are no certainties any more. Once on the road to corruption through drugs, deception, stealing and dishonesty there is no way back. Without a family to offer some sort of protection or relief, Theo has absolutely no hope in a society which is fundamentally corrupt at every level.

From the well observed social workers whose job is to process Theo through the care system, to the wealthy Barbour family with their coolly efficient lifestyle, concealing fundamental psychological flaws, Donna Tartt paints a picture of quiet desperation where there is no longer any possibility of finding anything that resembles home ever again. It's a picture of alienation and as such utterly convincing. Only with Hobie the antique restorer and Welty's niece Pippa does Theo find a temporary bolt hole where he can genuinely relax.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally absorbing 29 Jun 2014
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Just lost three days of my life and gained a whole new perspective on the World... I feel like I've lived in another realm. Donna Tartt... Thank you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a good read 2 Mar 2014
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An intense and powerful novel where Tartt really gets inside the head of the main character to convey a depth of understanding of what it means to be human.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars dreadful! 6 May 2014
By Jo
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A good beginning but what happens in Vegas should have stayed in Vegas, so long and boring, as was the time in Amsterdam. The main character was simply not likeable, he deserved no sympathy for his situation since he never made any attempt to rectify it, he simply revelled in his own misfortune and followed others into further trouble. I couldn't understand the lack of technology in the book, many occasions it was simply ignored yet the novel is set in a time when information is just there, for instance when Theo is reading the Dutch newspapers for new of martins murder?? Makes no sense. The author often avoids the obvious and I found it strange. Anyway forced myself to finish it thinking that a Pulitzer prize winning book should be worthy of a good ending. Sadly not.
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201 of 243 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Expectations for our times 2 Sep 2013
By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER
Running to almost 800 pages, The Goldfinch is going to require a substantial investment of your time, but I think anyone would be prepared to give Donna Tartt's new novel that much. What you might not realise until it is too late however is the amount of personal investment a book like this demands. By the time you get to the even half-way through the extraordinary 14 year journey that has taken Theo Decker to Amsterdam, the dawning realisation that this has to eventually come to an end suddenly hits you. Drawing out the inevitable isn't possible either as there's not a moment of The Goldfinch that doesn't have you completely in its thrall, reluctant to put it down and feeling bereft at its conclusion.

The Goldfinch is a masterpiece in the classic style of the Bildungsroman. The recounting of Theo Decker's unfolding awareness of the world, its complications, its criminality and injustice, the lack of stability in his life, his sense of being isolated and his ability to love are all affected by one significant event of terrorism in the modern world that skews his view of reality and effectively leaves him an orphan. What follows is a remarkably detailed account that covers every aspect of Theo's life in detail and the storytelling is never anything less than wonderful. It's almost Dickensian in scope and treatment, the book drawing obvious parallels with Great Expectations and even making references and nods to Oliver Twist, but in its own way it is also a thoroughly modern work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best books Ive ever read, I didnt want it to stop.
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It is a long time since I picked up a book and could not put it down! Usually I avoid long books but with the Kindle you start reading something without realising the full length. Read more
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Brilliant book, gripping and unusual worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'We can't make ourselves want what's good for us or what's good for...
Other reviewers have said it all, but I must just re-iterate their words of praise for this extraordinary novel. Read more
Published 22 hours ago by sally tarbox
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great for me
I am not in tune with Pulitzer Prize judges. This miserable tale maunders on through loss, misery, neglect and a pretty unlikely set of circumstances. Read more
Published 1 day ago by bella
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Reads like a film score. Gave up after first 100 pages of detailed description.
Published 1 day ago by C.H.Bulman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lived up to all I had anticipated.
Published 1 day ago by John O,Connor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful novel, beautiful prose, couldn't put it down, fantastic.
Published 1 day ago by barbie566
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear
A promising start with a broken promise throughout. This book is the literary equivalent of one who loves to hear the sound of their own voice. Read more
Published 1 day ago by SS
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a fan
Sorry, found it very tough going at times. Struggled to get what Donna Tart was trying to say about art.
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