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- Listening Length: 32 hours and 30 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 22 Oct. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FR6TIQE
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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
I was gripped by the storyline and liked location&characters until everything moved to Vegas. I found lots of the Vegas storyline a little dull&tedious however I plodded on in the... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Mrs. Joanne Price
This is an excellently researched and written novel. It is difficult to put it down.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
I read this book as it had won prizes and had good reviews. However I found it a chore to read and had to force myself to reach the end. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Sandra Haddon
Well that was 800+ pages worth of reading time I won't get back. Read the first 100 and last 100 pages and you will be able to read another 3 books and still get the gist of this... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Mrs. Sc Skelton
Lovingly written? Yes. Good characters and story? Yes. A bit too long? Yes. I loved the way it was written as the main character's trail of thoughts. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Agni
The book arrived in the state it was described - very used! Very appropriate for the tone of the story. Whoever had it before me probably couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 14 days ago by gcfiftyseven