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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 (2,200 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86 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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86 of 92 people found the following review helpful By M. READ on 14 Aug. 2014
Format: 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
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Expat Cat on 31 Aug. 2014
Format: Paperback
I suppose I expected a great deal because of all the hype surrounding this novel. I thought that it started out really well. The early third of the book when Theo is a boy was engaging and really seemed to get into the head of a confused and lost boy. However, I started having trouble buying all the coincidences and, moreso, the lack of consequence for events when he became a teenager and and adult. Everything was too neatly wrapped up and, frankly, the author seemed to lose interest toward the end when it became rambling and, to me, boring. I was happy to finally get out of the tedious Amsterdam section and by the end was ready for it to end. It was enjoyable enough, but hardly the revelation that some critics seemed to think.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tony O'Neill on 11 Jan. 2015
Format: Paperback
If you've the stamina to read to the closing pages of this monster book, and many people haven't, you're rewarded with pages of folksy teen-level philosophising telling you what lessons you ought to have drawn from the story. It's a shame that what is essentially a very long winded thriller is being compared to Dickens. Tartt is no Dickens. Physically thick, but intellectually thin, The Goldfinch fails to draw characters of any depth or distinction, with the possible exception of Theo and Hobie. Even Theo's (literal) partner in crime, Boris, is a two dimensional device to drag Theo into a world of depravity before returning, as if by magic, to redeem him. This book had been recommended to me, and was given as a Christmas gift, so I was looking forward to it. More so when I saw the pages and pages of reviews from respected journals saying what a work of art it was. But while the book is easy to read, with occasional patches of beautifully written prose, there is no great depth to it as a work of literature and whole passages could do with sensible editing. The Vegas section of the book, in particular, is overwritten and the plot barely credible. For me, the best part of the book comes when it stops trying to be self consciously artful and turns into a half decent thriller during the Amsterdam section. And those awful cloying, closing pages - gruesome!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Gerard Kelly on 23 Nov. 2014
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I've been meaning to read The Goldfinch for some time, mostly because I am intrigued by it's central character being a painting rather than a person... Having just read the last page I am not entirely sure what to say. It is unlike any book I've read. The writing style is exhilarating, if at times a little overwhelming. Can Donna Tartt really know so much about so wide a range of subjects? She either has a glittering talent for research or a kaleidoscopic breadth of life experience. Her capacity to capture and convey just a few vital details and thus to evoke a whole area of culture is mind-boggling: a powerful parallel to the process she herself describes here, where a great artist, with a few brushstrokes can create a vibrant new reality. She names this process as a kind of huge joke, the artist telling us that what we are seeing is at one and the same time the object and not the object. There is an odd sense through 'The Goldfinch' that Tartt, too, is joking. So much of the story comes across both as real and authentic and as outrageously unlikely. we are tempted so often to disbelieve, only to be shown by sleight of hand that the unlikely was possible after all. 'The Goldfinch' is compelling and readable, with a cast of eccentric characters I feel privileged to have met. Tartt's confidence with language sets her apart as a significant writing talent, and there are moments of reflection on art and the nature of beauty that are exceptional.

The more complex aspect of the book is trying to decide what kind of book it is. In parts it reads as a thriller, in parts as a Dickensian comedy of errors, in parts as a tense romance. Its philosophical musings are worthy of Graham Greene but its central plot-line could be straight out of Breaking Bad or The Wire.
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13 of 14 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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