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. She shared an. 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Definitely needed more editing on this one. 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. 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. Parts of it I loved. If you are wondering, should I read? Basil E. Frankweiler, both books that have a special place in my heart.Half way through the story I felt disturbed by the unremitting detail of drug use and general fall into depravity and despair experienced by the majority of the main characters. If i wanted unrequited love i would have read the great gatsby. It begins with a boy. It's been compared to Oliver Twist and I can see why. This was an exciting book and despite being nearly 900 pages long, was quite a page-turner. The characters were all drawn realistically and with all their flaws (with the possible exception of Hobie who was a lovable sweetheart!) Donna Tartt is an American writer who received critical acclaim for her first two novels, “I had the epiphany that laughter was light, and light was laughter, and that this was the secret of the universe.”, “Caring too much for objects can destroy you. Tartt rambles on for page after page for no purpose that I could discern. Not only does she accurately describe complex emotions, but she does. "Most" being the operative word. It is difficult enough to get through daily life with support, but poor Theo is not wanted. Even the positive reviews point out the very many flaws. Read The Goldfinch reviews from parents on Common Sense Media. I wondered if maybe the author was being paid by the word? So well written, and far too complex for me to go into detail about the storyline. My interest waned with every life intervention that Theo experienced and I found these heavy and contrived. I do remember sitting up all night in 1992 reading The Secret H. This was a huge disappointment for me. 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. Plot Summary Theo Decker is an average 13-year-old living on the fringes of affluent society with his mother in New York City. To see what your friends thought of this book, Abused orphans; see also: the ineptitude of civil servants. And these characters are SO well-developed. 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. It begins with a boy. THIS IS NOT THE NOVEL, BUT A BOOK REVIEW. If I was my good friend Theodore Decker and could not enjoy life at all I would do better job at killing self. A fantastic book. Does not mean should make many people spend very much money on depressing book. I did listen to some of this on Audio and was happy I did because the voices were fabulous. I was excited to keep on reading to see where it all ended up, but once things move to Las Vegas the story takes a seriously wrong turn. During the last 3rd of the book I really had a hard time putting it down. So well written, and far too complex for me to go into detail about the storyline. Boris just made me laugh out loud. This was an exciting book and despite being nearly 900 pages long, was quite a page-turner. Adult contemporary fiction. I have never had to work so hard to finish a book, it could have easily been a 300 page novel. 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 only thing that prevented me from rating this book 5 stars is that (as other reviewers have pointed out) it could have benefited from a tight edit. If this is your first time with us, we've just gotten through the middle portion of The Goldfinch. 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. As I read the reviews I am fascinated by the fact that I agree with aspects of many of them, whether they rate the book one, two, three, or even four stars. Still, an intriguing book! So descriptive. Yes he makes poor choices, but what were his role models? Great, sprawling, epic, filled with memorable characters and such a strong se. I loved this book. I am surprised to see the novel described as "dense." Pulitzer prize winner and all, i was pretty excited, and sorely disappointed. Similarities to actual Dickens characters, and even at least one recycled name (Pip sound familiar to anyone?). The narration has an urgency that will prevent you from putting the book down between readings. Bad things happen. The Goldfinch felt messy, poorly paced, and indicative of having been based on a book that I fear may also bore me now that the film has spoiled the bulk of its plot developments. The descriptions you don't seem to appreciate are what make this book brilliant. I mean, I read all the time, everywhere, every day, a book a week. Reading THE GOLDFINCH reminded me of how I read as a girl: with total abandon, total immersion. Book review: The Goldfinch, By Donna Tartt. To see what your friends thought of this book, The descriptions you don't seem to appreciate are what make this book brilliant. This delivered in spades. Happily I corrected that over the last few weeks! Very heavy, not that The Idiot was not 656 pages, so not length I am afraid of. And Boris . Very honest. What a drip. That said, I was totally engaged from the novel's start and found the tale so suspenseful that, once I started to read it, I barely did anything else for three days, until I finished the book. I know I will. Theo's dad: Bad Parent,only cares about money. 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." Read Matt Goldberg's The Goldfinch review; John Crowley's movie stars Ansel Elgort, Oakes Fegley, Jeffrey Wright, Nicole Kidman, and Luke Wilson. At each stop, he manages to develop relationships with characters that help him get through the stages of his life. All the characters are so well developed. Boyd Tonkin argues that it also guards the secret of … Not only does she accurately describe complex emotions, but she does it in brilliant and unique prose. If i wanted unrequited love i would have read the great gatsby. The story is brilliant but the book was very long and the author simply wrote too much. Even though I'm nor sure what would have made this book better, as all the loss and fumbling in the dark seemed necessary in the end, it might have been me that was just not ready to see life as it is in such a blatant portrayal of a lost child. Wordiness. I'm not even half way yet and I'm wondering if I will be able to weather this ridiculously long book that keeps getting sidetracked by just about every teenage pothole you can think of. On the other hand, I can also see how "big picture" reflections wouldn't/couldn't occur to Theo until he'd dried out somewhat and started on his path to atonement. Why did Theo take the painting of the goldfinch from the museum? The last chapter is a marvel in itself. It has no idea wat it's about. A couple of things: the dialogue (mostly) rings true thanks to the author's pitch-perfect capture of Boris's Ukrainian-inflected English. The characters were all drawn realistically and with all their flaws (with the possible exception of Hobie who was a lovable sweetheart!) Every other character I've encountered so far is as flat as the paper its printed on. In, This was a huge disappointment for me. The contrast between NY and Las Vegas with their cast of characters was sharp and believable. I'm about a third of the way through and dislike Theo so much that I can't finish the book. Disappointed that the ending dragged a bit. I would maybe read this if just 400 pages, as long as there would not be such long stretches without me. Throughout the book he's caught in a limbo-like situation somewhere between the privileged rich and the homeless. See all 148 questions about The Goldfinch…, New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2013 (fiction and nonfiction), The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (December 2020), 2020 Yearly Read: THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt, Something about the theft of the painting. 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 think maybe those readers who found Theo two dimensional have no personal insight into how it feels to suffer from PTSD. 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. The Goldfinch is an unexpected book, in many ways. The characters in this book are so vividly portrayed it is quite possible you will never forget them. The only thing that prevented me from rating this book 5 stars is that (as other reviewers have pointed out) it could have benefited from a tight edit. I am so glad that this book came to my bookshelf now. ***NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE OUT ON SEPTEMBER 13TH, READ THE BOOK FIRST***. Not good without me. The characters are so well described by Ms Tartt, one could even. The scope, the shape, the palpable sense of longing--all haunting. Great, sprawling, epic, filled with memorable characters and such a strong sense of place. Whilst Donna, l. Donna Tartt is one of America’s greatest living male writers. Welcome back. New York, Las Vegas, museums, music, antique furniture and the whole idea of "beauty" and serendipity will be never be the same. I would haven given it 5 stars but although I loved every page of it, it was a lot of pages. It wasn't perfect, and I enjoyed Secret History more, but I cannot give it any less than five stars. The book starts with a terrible disaster, then takes us on a journey through the eyes of the chief protagonist, Theo, who is in the possession of a stolen painting, The Goldfinch. The Goldfinch review: a dithering, arduous shredding of Donna Tartt's doorstep novel 2. 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. I was gettingantsy for a book that was different from the usual "best sellers". Repeated use of the word Bailiwick. 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. He does exacerbate the problems sometimes through his own choices but he is a teen at the start of the book. I found Tartt's writing to be at times quite lovely, but I got the feeling she is a little too enamored with her own skill. Way to long for the point it was trying to make. The final 5% of the book then beats. The final 5% of the book then beats you over the head with lessons that you should have learned if you were as smart as the author. If you are reading this, asking yourself, should I read this book which is 771 pages? I enjoyed the characters and the ending - but there was 20 pages after the "ending" that just drug on and on. All Tartt's characters seem very finely drawn in an almost microscopic way. The next 20% is just like the previous 75% - Theo making bad decisions and being a bystander to real stories. Hobie: Dumbledore. One of the best books I have ever read. Dark themes prevail throughout the novel as protagonist Theo Decker … 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. The Goldfinch. By day I sat on the foot of the bed straining to puzzle out the Dutch-language news on television (… The themes explored are timeless. I, Boris, character in this book will give you honest opinion. I enjoyed this book, but it was really long. Theo Decker does not ring true. I think maybe those readers who found Theo two dimensional have no personal insight into how it feels to suffer from PTSD. 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 … What is it about The Goldfinch that reminds everyone of Charles Dickens so much? A very interesting plot, and awesome development of characters...however I thought the book was too long. The Goldfinch is great at luxurious aesthetic hedonism, and that’s an enormous part of what makes it so immersive. Theo Decker does not ring true. There are a few good lines weighted down by overly verbose narratives. And why doesn't The. (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. If you are wondering, should I read? Or gullibility. It is a long, harrowing read but the descriptions, characters and plot carry you along. The Goldfinch by Author Donna Tartt has been reviewed by Focus on the Family’s marriage and parenting magazine. This was one of those books that had me vacillating from love to hate. Become a member to write your own review. 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. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of. Welcome back to the R29 Book Club! Dickensian Ambition … October 22nd 2013 Also, I believe when the last few pages of a book are given over to more or less explaining what the book was about, and what the protagonist felt, then the author has in some ways failed. This could have been a good book. 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.’. Whaaaaat? I was drawn in right away by the atmospheric description of New York and was reminded of The Catcher in the Rye as well as From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. At each stop, he manages to develop relationships with characters that help him get through the stages of his life. 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 o. 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. Never have I been so conflicted about a book. I loved the ending and the musing about truth and beauty. okay. The themes explored are timeless. The writing is superb and the turns that Theo's life has to navigate are each filled with their own turbulence. That said, I was totally engaged from the novel's start and found the tale so suspenseful that, once I started to read it, I barely did anything else for three days, until I finished the book. I suppose it all comes down to what you are willing to tolerate in a novel. Very honest. by Little, Brown and Company. It's the story of young Theo whose mother dies in a terrorist explosion at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Tartt knows how to keep readers engaged with a compelling plot, yet the story is about much more than what happens to Theo and the painting. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It was very, very (unnecessarily, in my opinion) long, but it was the opposite of dense. 212 reviews. 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