- Paperback: 784 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown (22 Oct. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408704951
- ISBN-13: 978-1408704950
- Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 4.7 x 23.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2,868 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 575,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Goldfinch Paperback – 22 Oct 2013
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PRAISE FOR THE GOLDFINCH
"A long-awaited, elegant meditation on love, memory, and the haunting power of art....Eloquent and assured, with memorable characters....A standout--and well-worth the wait."--Kirkus (starred review)
"Drenched in sensory detail, infused with Theo's churning thoughts and feelings, sparked by nimble dialogue, and propelled by escalating cosmic angst and thriller action, Tartt's trenchant, defiant, engrossing, and rocketing novel conducts a grand inquiry into the mystery and sorrow of survival, beauty and obsession, and the promise of art."--"Booklist" (starred review)
"There's a bewitching urgency to the narration that's impossible to resist. Theo is magnetic..."The Goldfinch" is a pleasure to read."--"Publishers Weekly" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Donna Tartt, author of the phenomenal bestsellers The Secret History and The Little Friend, returns with a breathtaking new novel.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
From the young Theo from the fist page of the first chapter through adolescence and to adulthood, Tartt binds you to her main protagonist and you become so involved you want to know what happens to Theo. However, there is no rushing the journey and somehow you realise you become to care about Theo and what happens to him.
There are long passages dealing with the history of art and antiquities which may not appeal to the interest of some readers but I think the underlying story is strong enough to hold your attention. After living with this book and the characters within for a week I can honestly say no book has drawn me in so deep this year.
If you are looking for an action packed high octane read then this probably won't be for you but if you are willing to be taken on a journey that has it's own pace then this book is one you need to read. Whether you love art or don't I think this book asks some eloquent questions about art and beauty without skimping on action and thrills.
But it then loses its way somewhat, with a very long interlude describing Theo's misspent youth in the Las Vegas desert. Again, it's well written in itself, but by the end I was beginning to wonder where the story was going. I vaguely knew it was building towards the interesting-sounding scenario in chapter 1, but it was so long I could barely remember what that had described. I felt rather lost, and the subsequent section - again well written - still didn't give much structure. It does get there in the end, and with plenty of flashes of brilliance along the way, but it just takes way too long.
I liked the character of Theo, he's an interesting but ultimately sympathetic character even though I didn't entirely like some of his behaviour. There were some other well drawn characters too, and the descriptive writing is very good.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautifully crafted in terms of plot and language. Certain sections could have been more heavily edited, but the quality of the writing is superb. Read morePublished 3 days ago by v m denman
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Why spend only one page on each episode when you can spend twenty? The author's (admittedly powerful) ability to elaborate a detail is carried to such extremes as to make the text... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Mike
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One of the best I have read. Amazing storytelling and beautifully written. Complex, astounding characters woven together with great skill. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Sally Dee
Another excellent novel with an interesting concept. Needs your attention though and is not one for skimming through. Found some parts overly wordy hence the ratingPublished 1 month ago by marina
I really struggled with this book and I know would have enjoyed it more if there had been strict editing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Caro