what a creation! Why did Theo take the painting of the goldfinch from the museum? I think I'll have to reread it shortly to appreciate the beautiful prose and descriptions as I devoured the story line, desperate to know what happened to these fascinating, damaged people. Also, I started to feel hungover just READING about Theo's and Boris's marathon drinking-and-drugging binges. Book review: The Goldfinch, By Donna Tartt. Potter needs me all the time. No. Am I reading a different book from all of you people giving this five stars? But no, it has to combine everything and make leaps of logic which make no sense, and by the end i have no idea what its central theme is. However, while details can be essential to a character's development and/or of those interacting with the central character, there were way too many pages of unnecessary information and I found myself skimming pages at times. That's true friendship, I guess. The next 20% is just like the previous 75% - Theo making bad decisions and being a bystander to real stories. This was an exciting book and despite being nearly 900 pages long, was quite a page-turner. It wasn't perfect, and I enjoyed Secret History more, but I cannot give it any less than five stars. It's a remarkable read. okay. The painting actually plays a very background position over most of the narrative and only comes centerstage again at the end of the book. The opening New York sections were excellent, the description of the museum bombing and the whole Mansfield Park thing Tartt has going with Theo and the Barbour family, all of this works beautifully. While I was still in Amsterdam, I dreamed about my mother for the first time in years. A little picture of a bird drives this sumptuously furnished novel. The external narrative is on the fate of the painting The Goldfinch by Fabritius (about which we learn its own turbulent history and extreme ge. If you have ever felt that a certain work of art was made solely for your eyes/ears, this book is for you. To see what your friends thought of this book, The descriptions you don't seem to appreciate are what make this book brilliant. (I have to admit that I cheated on it with some sci-fi YA releases and thrillers) Of the reason is 775 pages long journey cut my enthusiasm but at least it wasn’t bored me, I never intended to put it on my dnf list because it was a fabulous Dickensian book, so lyrically, mind-captivating-ly, memorably written. This was an exciting book and despite being nearly 900 pages long, was quite a page-turner. Once we get past the characterisation, I found the story tedious at times and dare I say it (and yes, I have read Crime and Punishment in its entirety, so don't mind longer books), much too long. I think the point could have been made more quickly. The long middle sequence, set in a housing development on the seedy, sand-blown outskirts of Las Vegas, is a standout. Readers' Most Anticipated Books of December. Pulitzer prize winner and all, i was pretty excited, and sorely disappointed. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. The Goldfinch review: a dithering, arduous shredding of Donna Tartt's doorstep novel 2. Warner Bros. Pictures and Amazon Studios I recently forced the five members of my book club to read The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt's 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. I found the characters in this tedious opus one-dimensional and unpleasant. We meet many fascinating characters: notably Boris. All the characters are so well developed. Ansel Elgort in the Goldfinch. Attention to class/social status. Oh, to be walking in New York on a weekday morning...on your way to an overpriced diner breakfast...stopping in at the Met...seeing a gloriously well put together exhibit of Dutch art...staring at a painting that changes your life…maybe the museum explodes, who’s to say? Secret History a much better book in my humble opinion. A shambling plot that spans a lot of time. A fantastic book. The themes explored are timeless. I think I'll have to reread it shortly to appreciate the beautiful prose and descriptions as I devoured the story line, desperate to know what happened to these fascinating, damage. The scope, the shape, the palpable sense of longing--all haunting. Tartt immediately drew me into the story with her amazing descriptions and the moral dilemma she presents. Yes, there were few missteps: Theo never sounded like a teen-aged boy (what 14 year old knows the brand of his mother's shampoo? In this ritual castration of the ‘opus’ Tartt has managed to completely free it from all its ills. Theo Decker does not ring true. The protagonist, Theo is also our narrator and is fairly reliable as he doesn't hold anything back - even his own many faults. Stephen King, The New York Times Book Review " The Goldfinch is a book about art in all its forms, and right from the start we remember why we enjoy Donna Tartt so much: the humming plot and elegant prose; the living, breathing characters; the perfectly captured settings....Joy and sorrow exist in the same breath, and by the end The Goldfinch hangs in our stolen heart. Read The Goldfinch reviews from parents on Common Sense Media. But critic Maureen Corrigan says she'd gladly wait another 10 years for a book as extraordinary as Tartt's latest work, The Goldfinch, an "exuberantly plotted triumph." If you are wondering, should I read? I was gettingantsy for a book that was different from the usual "best sellers". The novel is part coming-of-age story, part mystery, part rumination on the value of a human life versus the value of art. The characters are so well described by Ms Tartt, one could even. I suppose it all comes down to what you are willing to tolerate in a novel. Similarities to actua. I loved this book. And, with only one novel since, our appetite for a new Tartt remains lusty. If you are an avid reader, The Goldfinch is the kind of book that you only come across a few times that leaves a lasting impression on you. It's the story of young Theo whose mother dies in a terrorist explosion at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. The characters in this book are so vividly portrayed it is quite possible you will never forget them. Great, sprawling, epic, filled with memorable characters and such a strong se. Welcome back. Become a member to write your own review. 'How to Fail at Flirting'? Save ... it was by far the most love-it-or-hate-it book of her career to date. If i wanted lost teenage, i would have read catcher in the rye. As a playwright, especially appreciated the infinite amount of detail in each character's "doings;" almost like watching a play. Attention to class/social status. I am a READER, right? It is unconvincing on so many levels. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Exaggerated characters. If you don't enjoy brilliant writing, perhaps you should try something less complicated. The only thing well done in this book is the description of paintings and what the. Content includes books from bestselling, midlist and debut authors. I am so glad that this book came to my bookshelf now. He does exacerbate the problems sometimes through his own choices but he is a teen at the start of the book. Still, an intriguing book! The Goldfinch by Author Donna Tartt has been reviewed by Focus on the Family’s marriage and parenting magazine. At each stop, he manages to develop relationships with characters that help him get through the stages of his life. I almost had to stop reading the book when Theo's ne'er-do-well father came on the scene because he was such an ass I wanted to strangle him, but later in the book, Tartt made even that character seem understandable, if not sympathetic. I answer for you already and say no! THIS IS NOT THE NOVEL, BUT A BOOK REVIEW. And there may be no better example of that blind assumption than John Crowley’s “The Goldfinch,” which adapts Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize winner with disastrous results, zapping it of all nuance, leaving only the plot, which wasn’t exactly the source material's strength. The book was a weighty corundum with a pretty bow tied at the end. The characterisation was the standout feature for me, the young boy, Theo Decker, who loses his mother and with her, his moral compass and differing paths that his life may have otherwise taken. "― and i don't want to be all gloaty-gus for those of you who still have to wait three whole months to get your hands on a copy, but i will say, in brief, that it is worth waiting for. Hobie: Dumbledore. Avoid like plague, is my advice. I do remember sitting up all night in 1992 reading The Secret History. Author interviews, book reviews and lively book commentary are found here. I'm 75% of the way through this book and am really struggling with it. And why doesn't Theo have a cellphone? Every other character I've encountered so far is as flat as the paper its printed on. She shared an. Theo Decker does not ring true. The characterisation was the standout feature for me, the young boy, Theo Decker, who loses his mother and with her, his moral compass and differing paths that his life may have otherwise taken. It is the only part of this book that stays with me when I close it. Boyd Tonkin argues that it also guards the secret of … Very tough for me to get interested at first and incredibly depressing, yet the creation of characters and conversations was amazing. I am so glad that this book came to my bookshelf now. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. What is it about The Goldfinch that reminds everyone of Charles Dickens so much? You know? I suppose it all comes down to what you are willing to tolerate in a novel. Theo makes a lot of poor choices - unfortunately his father's sleazy girlfriend Xandra was right that he is far more like his father than he is willing to admit and yet in some of the best passages in the book, towards the end where Boris talks about Dosto's The Idiot: Update again: Thoughts on the movie: (opened today in our area) >>> just saw it! The plot and premise strain credibility but as an escapist novel, it would be a good choice for reading on a long plane trip with long delays or layovers or if trapped at home during a days-long ice storm. Their sentiment was echoed in De Telegraaf, which argues that The Goldfinch is a "rich, very readable novel", as well as in Financiele Dagblad ' s assessment that "Donna Tartt is an extraordinary writer and Het puttertje is a beautiful and rich novel." What is art and its impact on individuals and society, how does death and risk impact our lives.... A gem , a really big gem !! OMG! Does not mean should make many people spend very much money on depressing book. I'd been shut up in my hotel for more than a week, afraid to telephone anybody or go out; and my heart scrambled and floundered at even the most innocent noises: elevator bell, rattle of the minibar cart, even church clocks tolling the hour, de Westertoren, Krijtberg, a dark edge to the clangor, an inwrought fairy-tale sense of doom. Now I understand why it won The Pulitzer. I answer for you already and say no! There were moments that I wanted to abandon my read, and I did for a couple of weeks. I’m sure many are put off by the idea of reading something so long, but my first point in favour of Tartt’s novel is … Similarities to actual Dickens characters, and even at least one recycled name (Pip sound familiar to anyone?). but still these things are minor compared with the towering achievement of this book. DeLillo, Franzen, Foster Wallace, Pynchon, Mailer, all kneel there, bloodied and shorn like Goya etchings, John Bobbitts by any other name, weak and utterly defeated. An great book that i just had to finish. And how is it he never, ever thinks of sex?) Exaggerated characters. I am halfway through this pretentious, nonsensical, self-indulgent, ridiculous THING, and I'm only forcing myself to finish because I paid $40 for this monstrosity. The words truly paint the picture for you. The characters were all drawn realistically and with all their flaws (with the possible exception of Hobie who was a lovable sweetheart!) It is a long, harrowing read but the descriptions, characters and plot carry you along. Wordiness. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of. If you did not read the book, you will most likely be confused and bored throughout. Or vulnerability. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art. Donna Tartt's latest novel has left this reader relatively unimpressed, especially considering the fact that she's author of, Donna Tartt is one of America’s greatest living male writers. Xandra (With an X, which takes about 200 words to explain):Trailer-Park Whore with a wee soft spot for furry animals.The Latino Doormen: Latino Doormen. I generally liked the book and I'm glad I read it. Dickensian Ambition … Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mothe. Having said that, I was not so enraptured with this book as I expected to be. Watching with my family I had to explain what was happening from my knowledge of the book. I am surprised to see the novel described as "dense." I have not read Tartt’s two previous, and by most accounts, superior novels. Refresh and try again. There are a few good lines weighted down by overly verbose narratives. She sets up lighting, background noise, how the person is feeling (and how he thinks he should be feeling, and a literary example of that feeling...) to such a degree that, just when you are wondering if the book ever had an editor, things take a delicious turn. Totally believable despite being far from what I've experienced. I, Boris, character in this book will give you honest opinion. In the ensuing chaos, Theo escapes with his mother's favorite painting, The Goldfinch, a priceless Dutch masterpiece that becomes Theo's secret treasure and also the albatross around his neck. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. The protagonist, Theo is also our narrator and is fairly reliable as he doesn't hold anything back - even his own many faults. I want to read her earlier work! It is a long, harrowing read but the descriptions, characters and plot carry you along. It's about loss and grief and loyalty. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. And Boris- what a ridiculous, implausible character: a polyglot who has lived all around the world in his fifteen years, had dazzling adventures, survived regular beatings from his equally unlikely father, spends a good part of his life starving and/or drunk, and has found time to read Chekov in Russian. I wondered if maybe the author was being paid by the word? Unbeknownst to any of them, Theo has made off with one of the museum’s treasures, “The Goldfinch,” by the 17th century Dutch painter Carel Fabritius, and hidden it away. By day I sat on the foot of the bed straining to puzzle out the Dutch-language news on television (… Theo Decker’s mother is killed in a bombing that rocks the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Theo, unharmed, escapes with a valuable painting called The Goldfinch. I loved this book. She has taken a form of novel - the doorstopper, the tome, the phonebook - and taken something away from it that is has often never been without: the penis. Throughout the book he's caught in a limbo-like situation somewhere between the privileged rich and the homeless. During the last 3rd of the book I really had a hard time putting it down. The last chapter is a marvel in itself. So listen. If you are reading this, asking yourself, should I read this book which is 771 pages? We’d love your help. It is difficult enough to get through daily life with support, but poor Theo is not wanted by his own family until there is something in it for them. The Goldfinch didn't let me down either. Not only does she accurately describe complex emotions, but she does it in brilliant and unique prose. My interest waned with every life intervention that Theo experienced and I found these heavy and contrived. Expert Book Reviews provides reviews of today’s hottest novels. Never have I gone into a book this blind and still felt like it wasn't what I expected... reading this book is the very definition of being ‘a labour of love.’. It is difficult enough to get through daily life with support, but poor Theo is not wanted. I think maybe those readers who found Theo two dimensional have no personal insight into how it feels to suffer from PTSD. Or gullibility. Not to say is not masterpiece to some people but why spend money on this misery. Abused orphans; see also: the ineptitude of civil servants. Reading THE GOLDFINCH reminded me of how I read as a girl: with total abandon, total immersion. When Theo is making his (again, long and mysteriously uninterrupted) way out of the Met in the beginning, I knew right away I was in for a severely under-edited read, and suspension of disbelief of inordinate proportions would be called upon. The characters are wonderfully evoked. I am halfway through this pretentious, nonsensical, self-indulgent, ridiculous THING, and I'm only forcing myself to finish because I paid $40 for this monstrosity. I'm about a third of the way through and dislike Theo so much that I can't finish the book. Only—if you care for a thing enough, it takes on a life of its own, doesn’t it? so i read it. I was gettingantsy for a book that was different from the usual "best sellers". This was the wordiest book I have ever read. I have read all Donna Tartt's books now and, for me, she is one of the best authors writing today. It begins with a boy. Outstanding story of the coming of age of a good kid who is forced to find his way in the world due to a series of tragic events. But most of the time the book I'm reading is a dull throb beneath my fingers, a soft hum behind my eyes, a lovely way to spend a bit of time in between things as I meander through my life. The Goldfinch review: A disastrous translation of Donna Tartt’s book to the big screen. Learn what the experts are saying about Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch with this literary review. Cannot all own masterpiece. I think I liked it, but I was so ready for it to end that it took away from my liking it too much. If this is your first time with us, we've just gotten through the middle portion of The Goldfinch. Whaaaaat? All in all, a sophisticated, well-crafted tale. As a playwright, especially appreciated the infinite amount of detail in each character's "doings;" almost like watching a play. To see what your friends thought of this book, Abused orphans; see also: the ineptitude of civil servants. And why doesn't The. If i wanted lost teenage, i would have read catcher in the rye. It wasn't perfect, and I enjoyed Secret History more, but I cannot give it any less than five stars. Hoping against hope that some light will finally seep into Theo's life, I persevered. Mrs Barbour: aloof, icy Society Matron. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. We should surmise these things from the story and the author shouldn't have to point them out. I was amazed with her ability to write such vivid explanations of art. The story follows Theo into adulthood, through a series of tragedies and misadventures, until at last, he must face the music in regards to the missing painting. OH MY GAWD! But I felt many times it was too wordy, where characters stories were told that really had nothing to do with the main story.
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