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  • Paperback: 880 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (5 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349139636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349139630
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 4.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,344 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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's phenomenally acclaimed new novel.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Katharine Kirby TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Mar. 2015
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Like the Ancient Mariner, Theo Decker has an Albatross around his neck. Just a Goldfinch though, for his burden, a bird a fraction of that size. Eleven years in construction, an eye achingly lengthy 864 pages spent in this very mixed up chap's company, was a long haul, a marathon of reading. Halfway through, with the paperback at last spread open making it easier to turn the pages; there is still another whole book's worth left. Weirdly though, at the end, I could have gone on longer, enjoyed the consequences of the finale, seen into the future further. Apparently 44% of readers give up on this book, as I had done myself when it first came out. This month, being our book club choice, I really went for it and I am grateful that I did. Going back to read the start again was interesting, giving deeper meaning to the events around the terrorist bomb, ('Behind the Scenes at the Museum') and the things said at the time by the dying man Theo stayed with. Yes, you could well read it twice.

Hypnotic, addictive, I was on edge from the word go, trying to work out motivations, dangers, and hidden agendas. Those of the duplicitous dad, the stoned step mum, and the kindly old bachelor furniture restorer, and the two male friends of his own age Theo makes. Street kid Boris being definitely a bad boy, unstable influence, lurching from crisis to crisis with misplaced but empowering confidence, capable of anything, even if only in his teens when we meet him. Nerdy Andy Barbour in his lavish apartment with his uptight family, quite the opposite.

Hacking my way through the forest of bad choices, secretively pursued, unadorned by any social nicety; tediously endless self-prescribed pharmaceuticals, cigarettes, dope, heavy drink just to get drunk, all self-destructive behaviour, was depressing.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Craig on 26 Aug. 2014
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I can't remember a book I enjoyed more. I was quite bereft when I reached the end, as I realised that I would no longer be able to delve into the lives of Theo, Boris, Hobie and Pippa. Ms Tartt writes beautifully and although it may sound like a contradiction, as the novel is quite long - sparely. Every word is there for a reason. In short, I loved it. Have bought it for my mum and have recommended it to many others. Thanks Ms Tartt for a book I will remember for the rest of my life.
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93 of 100 people found the following review helpful By M. READ on 14 Aug. 2014
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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
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By littleblueboat on 29 Aug. 2014
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This book was a bit of a struggle to get through, compared to 'The Secret History' (which is wonderful), it was very slow and i hate to say it, boring, in places. The first few chapters are wonderful and gripped me straight away, and I couldn't wait to read on, but as the story went on, I became frustrated and started to dislike Theo. There are some parts of the book I think everyone should read, it is beautifully written, but i'm not sure i would recommend it as a 'must read'.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JediNights on 4 Jan. 2015
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Potentially fascinating characters but unfortunately, sealed in a vacuum packed plot line. She should have listened to her editor. I was enthralled for the first third of the novel and then thought, hang on a minute, this ain't going anywhere. The whole of the story left me emotionally untouched. What a shocking waste of excellent writing to have the characters do very little.
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534 of 601 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on 24 Oct. 2013
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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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