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2.0 out of 5 stars Certainly not up to its namesake, the Fabritius painting, 6 July 2014
This review is from: The Goldfinch (Paperback)
A very long, rambling Bildungsroman, at times entertaining in a pseudo-Dickensian sort of way, but wildly verbose and overly extended in many parts, not to mention how often it stretches the imagination to the breaking point of unbelievability. The actual story falls somewhere between Catcher in the Rye and American Psycho, as the main character shifts between lost little boy and drug-soaked, larcenous adult. The plot's centerpiece is the Fabritius painting of a goldfinch, a sort of totem that carries through the whole book, but I'm not sure the painter would have approved! Many other reviewers, I see, have commented on the writing, simply too much of it, and I agree completely. Ms. Tartt can certainly churn out the language, with sentence after sentence on the same feeling or idea, but it ultimately leaves the reader feeling like he's been caught in a thunderstorm of verbiage, soaked through with attempted similes and metaphors, plodding on with sopping clothes and sloshing shoes. Perhaps it's better just to buy a print of the painting and forget about the book!
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