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5.0 out of 5 stars
A return to form, 4 Aug. 2014
The Secret History is one of my favourite books, and like much of Donna Tart's fan-base I was disappointed with The Little Friend.
The Goldfinch however is a return to form.
I don't know whether Donna Tart was searching for the formula that made The Secret History such a success, but there are similarities between the two books. The Secret History had a sense of class isolation, an outsider looking in on a world he didn't belong to - and there are elements of that theme in the new book.
The book is laced with questions about the human condition as lead character struggles to overcome a major tragedy in his childhood. I thought the character development was excellent - the book spans over a decade - and you get a great feel for the person he has become and the choices he has made.
Overall I found this book to be truly excellent, the characters and story stayed with me for weeks after finishing.