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3.0 out of 5 stars was the editor afraid to take to the scissors?, 2 May 2014
This review is from: The Goldfinch (Hardcover)
Having just finished this book I turned to the reviews section of the amazon site…and I was so glad to find my opinion shared by so many people: Yes, I did think the book is much too long, Yes I wondered why the editor had not taken a more decisive stance and cut at least two thirds of it. Why is every bit of boring commonplace dialogue so worthy of being 'reproduced'? why does everything that Boris says and does is given such an extensive coverage? why do we need to know every detail of the wedding preparations-when we've perfectly 'got it' that it is something that poor old Theo will not be able to go through? Why have I lost interest in all the gangsta characters, to the extent that I could not quite recall exactly who Sacha was, and all the ins-and-outs of drug dealing across continents? Why is the ending so full of these quasi-philosophical musings which I skimped across?
I wish Donna Tartt was not taken so seriously as to be compared with Dickens! And please do not wait another 10 years for the next one: write something shorter, since you evidently write very very well.
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Initial post: 8 Jul 2014 11:32:12 BDT
robin says:
Totally agree. Half way through I got bored and skimmed it quickly to the end.

Posted on 16 Jul 2014 14:20:51 BDT
Magee says:
completely agree - so long winded and so boring. Tried to speed read till the end and even the end goes on and on and on and.................

Posted on 16 Jul 2014 21:46:03 BDT
John Craig says:
I agree entirely, tho' as yet I am only halfway thru'...I tackled "The Secret History" on holiday and found it infuriatingly repetative..far too long...and seemed to have one sentence follow another for no purpose at all...not advancing the plot in any way.

Posted on 19 Aug 2014 09:22:08 BDT
I agree completely. Too many drugs, time in Las Vegas drawn out too long, far too many descriptive passages, too many peripheral characters and I also got completely confused by the gangsters.
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