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This review is from: The Goldfinch (Kindle Edition)
There have been many reviews, showing mixed reactions. I'll be brief - unlike Tartt herself. The early stages of the novel are accurate and perceptive. The language used is sharp and well-attuned to the fast moving opening, and the relationship between the victim-hero and his mother is convincing. And that's when things go wrong, for another 750 pages. The tale of The Goldfinch would have made a convincing novella; a film could have followed. But the lack of structural control, the surprisingly immature desire to show off, the completely unnecessary deviations from the central subject, the cracker-barrel philosophising, and the inability to create characters with whom one feels empathy were overwhelming. Where was the editor who should have said two things, 'self-indulgence' and 'No'?