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This review is from: The Goldfinch (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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Initial post: 29 Oct 2013 18:38:25 GMT
I completely agreed with your post! This is my book of the year by far.
Posted on 31 Oct 2013 20:04:31 GMT
janey b says:
Why has this only got 4 stars - It is the most fantastic book and deserves 5 plus - it's an absolute treat!
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Nov 2013 14:01:19 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 6 Nov 2013 18:56:16 GMT
Oh dear, 'trite' and 'kid's book'? Get out of your ivory tower!
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Nov 2013 16:42:06 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2013 16:28:36 GMT
A Reader says:
The Harry Potter reference makes sense when you read the book (where it's made very explicitly by one of the characters, and finds echoes in other places).
And I'm not sure everyone would find Harry Potter trite, or feel that readers of Donna Tartt cannot enjoy Harry Potter. Some of us love both :)
Posted on 22 Nov 2013 16:59:23 GMT
T. C. Hogg says:
Great review, which sums up my own opinion. Some say it rambles. Well who cares, when the rambling is so beautiful?
Posted on 3 Dec 2013 22:57:39 GMT
M. E. Webb says:
This review single handedly convinced me to buy this book.... and I have to say a big THANK YOU as it was an utter treat to read! x
Posted on 8 Dec 2013 19:08:20 GMT
Shaun Christobel Edwards says:
I havent finished it yet but I am totally hooked
Posted on 3 Jan 2014 19:11:30 GMT
P. Wheeler says:
I've just finished this and wanted to see what others thought. Interesting that your review mentions many other books as I found myself thinking about other contemporary novels I've enjoyed but not the ones you mention. Brilliantly written. Which change in location were you referring to? NY to LV?