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The Goldfinch

Tartt, Donna (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Goldfinch
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A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend's family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld. It is a story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the enormous power of art.
Authors: Tartt, Donna
Title: The goldfinch
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 771 pages ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend's family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld. It is a story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the enormous power of art.
Local Note: MJKNEWAFIC
ISBN: 9780316055437
0316055433
Statement of Responsibility: Donna Tartt
Subject Headings: Young men Fiction. Loss (Psychology) Fiction. Artists Fiction. Self-realization Fiction. New York (N.Y.) Fiction.
Genre/Form: Bildungsromans.
Suspense fiction.
Topical Term: Young men
Loss (Psychology)
Artists
Self-realization
LCCN: 2013028907
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Comment by: RobertaJ Jul 08, 2014

Extraordinary - if a bit overlong - novel. It has three of my favorite themes: art, New York, and homage to other books, notably Harry Potter. Once you start listing the Rowling references you can't stop! I agree that some of the drug-induced fantasies are a bit indulgent, but there is so much pl... Read More »

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Theo Decker, a 13-year-old bereaved boy, clings to the one thing that keeps the memory of his mother alive—a priceless painting of a tethered bird. This dense novel, called “Dickensian” by several reviewers, has been on every bestseller list since it was published—and there are 120 reserves on ou... Read More »


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Aug 27, 2014
  • cfuda rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I don't know why everyone is badmouthing this book. I thought it was fantastic. I got it as a quick pick at the library thinking oh I'm not gonna finish this in a week. But I did. Couldn't put it down. Great story of a uniquely lonely life but finding family and love in the weirdest places.

Aug 26, 2014
  • elangley77 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I read 300 of the 700+ pages and just finally let myself give up. I've heard from others that the last 50 pages are worth it, but I can't imagine how that could be. To enjoy a book, I need to love the characters, the writing style, or the story -- and unfortunately, not one of these areas grabbed me even though I gave it my best shot.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: "A young boy is caught up in a terrorist bombing in a New York museum. From the blast, the famous painting "The Goldfinch" becomes part of his life and tribulations. An epic novel with some wonderful descriptions, especially of his early boyhood."

Aug 24, 2014
  • katmilr rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Ms. Tart: HIRE AN EDITOR!!
This book was overwritten, boring, & tedious. The beginning starts out great but then loses the plot. I thought this was going to be an exciting thriller. How wrong I was. Anticlimactic.

Aug 24, 2014
  • aeon9 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Loved her other books. I was looking forward to this one. But it bored me so much, after reading the first hundred pages , I found myself avoiding the table where the book lay, so I wouldn't have to read any more of it. Yes, it was that bad.

Aug 21, 2014
  • sndflowrs rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Too... drawn... out... blah blah blah

Aug 20, 2014
  • vwasylishen rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

There is some good prose but the book just reinforces my opinion of modern American writing - mediocre! Have to admit that I skipped most of the last 1/4 - just couldn't stick with it to the end.

Aug 18, 2014
  • PersephoneC rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I'll wait for the movie. I didn't buy the narrator.

Aug 13, 2014
  • cheadlebeagle rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book although I do agree it was overly long and could have done with a good editor. However the story and the writing is good, somewhat reminiscent of Great Expectations with a touch of Bleak House. Not as good as The Secret History but still a good read.

This is one of my favourite books from 2013.

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Why does it cost so much, a thing like from kindergarten class? 'Ugly Blob.' 'Black Stick with Tangles." - Boris

Apr 13, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

That life -- whatever else it is – is short. That fate is cruel but maybe not random. That Nature (meaning Death) always wins but that doesn’t mean we have to bow and grovel to it. … It is a glory and a privilege to love what Death doesn’t touch (the Goldfinch painting). For if disaster and oblivion have followed this painting down through time – so too has love….

Jan 21, 2014
  • LauraM185 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"A great sorrow, and one that I am only beginning to understand: we don’t get to choose our own hearts. We can’t make ourselves want what’s good for us or what’s good for other people. We don’t get to choose the people we are."

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Mar 24, 2014
  • ilowelife rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

BBC Interview with Donna Tart

Interview with Donna Tart on BBC Newsnight.

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