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5.0 out of 5 stars The more I think about it, the more I like it! An exceptional treat!, 19 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: The Goldfinch (Kindle Edition)
It's hard to add to the hundreds to positive reviews, but I just want to say that "The Goldfinch" was a delight to read during my vacation, it was so pleasurable to discover and get to know all of the characters (Popchik included!) which truly stay with you long after you read the last pages of the book. In the beginning, I was a bit exasperated as the book seemed to drag on for a while, and I could not really see where it was going. In the end, I was sad to see all the characters go, I felt connected and attached to the drama and tragedy and comedy and the lives of Theo et al. Donna Tartt succeeded in creating the real epic drama.

The book's central object (and cover) is the mysterious painting of a goldfinch chained inside its cage (the picture is a real thing by the Dutch painter Carel Fabritius - interesting fact - the book was first published in the Netherlands to commemorate its "central" character). The bird soon becomes the only constant in the chaotic life of 13-year-old Theo, and their journey (from New York City to Nevada, from America to Europe) begins.

"The Goldfinch" is big and long and heavy, and will keep you entertained for quite some time (ideal holiday read - but prepare to stay awake long into the night!), it is also multidimensional and thoughtful, and yet it is easy to read and follow. Yes, I admit some descriptions are repetitive and some events are given a lot of page space and words, but all in all, every little event and comment falls in its right place, and the whole work of literature is one magnificent puzzle that comes together. This great novel combines exceptionally vivid characters (some of them truly charismatic) and exhilarating suspense. Simply put it is a beautiful and addictive read - a wide and wild story of damage and obsession, of loss and fascination, of existence and self-invention, of love and destiny and good old luck (and the superb musing on how to be good and whether it is worth it). A great novel!
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