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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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,794 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40 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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47 of 48 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 Mrs. N. Greer on 18 Sep 2014
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What a ride! Just when you think you know where the avenue is leading, or where it can possibly go from here, a massive switch and corner and off we go again. As soon as I finished I wanted to start it over again,this time from a 'knowing what happens' perspective. Stunning
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By owlet on 16 Sep 2014
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The Secret History was so beautifully written that I read slowly in order to prolong it. Donna Tart just writes so fantastically well that I started the Goldfinch thinking I was in for another tremendous treat.
However, now that I am in three quarters of the way through I find I just cannot read anymore. Almost all the characters are just horrible apart from Hobie and I just do not want to read anymore about the self destruction of Theo. After having a terrible start to life, and an appalling stage with his neglectful and ghastly father - he finally gets on the road to happiness but falls down heavily in to a spiral of misery. I just cannot read anymore of this depressing story tho I think Donna Tart writes divinely.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Graham Winyard on 24 Aug 2014
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This book was a major disapointment. It could have been a good thriller if reduced by several hundred words.
The writing is good but not nearly good enough to justify the endlessly detailed descriptions of journies, real and pharmaceutical. Time reading this was not well spent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Shamma on 19 Oct 2014
Format: Paperback
OK. All right. I'm going to do this. I'm actually going to attempt reviewing this book in a way that does not give too much way, but somewhat conveys how I felt about it.

For starters, allow me to just say, this book is the reason I've been so behind on all my reviews. I've been putting it off for so long that I just had to sit down and go for it. So here it goes.

The Goldfinch...what can be said about 700+ pages of beautiful prose, and deranged plot?

Set in New York, Las Vegas, New York, Amsterdam, and finally New York, Donna Tartt definitely takes you on a ride that never seems to slow down long enough for you to catch your breath. And this makes an interesting point so I'm going to start with that - i.e. setting.

Tartt is very gifted in depicting the place she is writing about, her descriptions breathe life into her words that you cannot help but yearn to be there (New York of course), or feel repelled by the place and dry empty vastness of it (Las Vegas). The setting is also very symbolic of the events taking place in the story - the hustle and bustle of New York city, the traffic, the crowds, the weather, the parks, and bakeries and friendly doormen all play a part in illustrating what Theo is feeling and going through. Whereas Las Vegas, with its torrid, sweltering, endless desert illustrates Theo's sense of loss and confusion and his efforts of escaping in that space. Trying to disappear, to get lost, to remain unconscious and as hazy as that horizon.

For my part, I love New York city, I love any and all stories set in New York. Naturally, I therefore enjoyed the parts set in New York a lot more than those set in the desert.
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520 of 583 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on 24 Oct 2013
Format: Hardcover
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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