- Paperback: 880 pages
- Publisher: Abacus (5 Jun. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0349139636
- ISBN-13: 978-0349139630
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 4.7 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2,733 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Goldfinch Paperback – 5 Jun 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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But it then loses its way somewhat, with a very long interlude describing Theo's misspent youth in the Las Vegas desert. Again, it's well written in itself, but by the end I was beginning to wonder where the story was going. I vaguely knew it was building towards the interesting-sounding scenario in chapter 1, but it was so long I could barely remember what that had described. I felt rather lost, and the subsequent section - again well written - still didn't give much structure. It does get there in the end, and with plenty of flashes of brilliance along the way, but it just takes way too long.
I liked the character of Theo, he's an interesting but ultimately sympathetic character even though I didn't entirely like some of his behaviour. There were some other well drawn characters too, and the descriptive writing is very good.Read more ›
From the young Theo from the fist page of the first chapter through adolescence and to adulthood, Tartt binds you to her main protagonist and you become so involved you want to know what happens to Theo. However, there is no rushing the journey and somehow you realise you become to care about Theo and what happens to him.
There are long passages dealing with the history of art and antiquities which may not appeal to the interest of some readers but I think the underlying story is strong enough to hold your attention. After living with this book and the characters within for a week I can honestly say no book has drawn me in so deep this year.
If you are looking for an action packed high octane read then this probably won't be for you but if you are willing to be taken on a journey that has it's own pace then this book is one you need to read. Whether you love art or don't I think this book asks some eloquent questions about art and beauty without skimping on action and thrills.
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I am an avid reader, and long books have never daunted me. So I went for this after reading the summary at the back of the book at an airport. I enjoyed it. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Mariana Yarnold
I absolutely loved this book. Beautifully written, I quickly fell in love with the characters and felt as if I knew them personally. Read morePublished 2 days ago by komodo65
Probably don't need another reiview of a book that was written so much about when it came out and it seems that you were either for or against. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Branwen Patagonia
There are too many references re drug taking and the undesirable side of life for me so I decided not to read the whole book.Published 3 days ago
really good read - a bit drawn out with detail in parts - especially the drug fuelled narratives (would give it 5* otherwise) - but really enjoyed the book - a definite page turner... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Nichola
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