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  • Hardcover: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (Oct. 22 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316055433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316055437
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.3 x 4.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 953 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Joel Martineau TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 16 2014
Format: Hardcover
The Goldfinch earned so many glowing reviews, including Amazon's Best Book of 2013, plus the Pulitzer. I wanted to share in the excitement. The novel begins well: The likeable narrator loses his adorable Mom in a terrorist act; in fulfilling a fellow victim's dying wish he finds himself possessing a great painting and developing a crush on a girl he was eying as the act unfolded. I enjoyed the plot line and sided with the narrator . . . for a few hundred pages. However the adolescent's wayward father enters the story and determines the path of the narrative, which shifts from New York to Las Vegas and from appreciation of art to fraud and drugs. The dialogue veers from cultured to criminal and the remaining hundreds of pages became, for me, never-ending. I lost every bit of the initially strong empathy that I felt for the narrator. Readers who like hundreds of pages about drug dealings and dealers will get great value. I read The Goldfinch all the way through but it became a tough slog.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Swystun TOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 3 2014
Format: Hardcover
It is not very often that one wants a book of over seven hundred pages to continue. Many reviews, both professional and amateur, have railed at the length of The Goldfinch. Some suggest that a greater economy of words would have served better. I disagree. Tartt writes with a rich elegance that illuminates even the darkest subject matter. As we follow young Theo from tragedy to tragedy, commencing with a highly indiscriminate terrorist attack, the words build upon each other creating an increasingly layered world.

Understandably Theo is overwhelmed with what that world delivers, “But sometimes, unexpectedly, grief pounded over me in waves that left me gasping; and when the waves washed back, I found myself looking out over a brackish wreck which was illumined in a light so lucid, so heartsick and empty, that I could hardly remember that the world had ever been anything but dead.” It seems that all poor Theo accumulates is loss. Yet, when we look closer he is actually acquiring assets of experience and benefits of relationships whose value is priceless.

Theo begins to discover this and rather than expecting or running from his plight, he contextualizes, accepts and begins to accept it as making sense. Life may well be "about about playing a poor hand well.” As he plays his hand, Theo interacts with some amazing characters. Tartt has assembled a modern Dickens-like cast that are colourful, engaging and endearing. Boris, his Ukrainian high school chum, is a bluntly wise and risk-taking Artful Dodger. The seemingly dreadful Barbours are worthy of their own novel and the reader's empathy. I brightened every time Hobie, the kindly artisan, appeared on the page. Resolutely calm, patient and measured, Hobie is the epitome of old world charm and trust.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 24 2013
Format: Hardcover
If you read but one book this year let it be The Goldfinch, seven years in the writing and well worth every day of waiting for the incomparable pleasure it brings. Donna Tartt’s prose sings, dances, makes you smile and breaks your heart. Each word is carefully chosen, so perfect in placement that it is as if a master craftsman had set it there. And why not? Tartt is a master craftsman creating fully drawn characters and revealed to us in all of their complexities. We not only see them but share their ruminations as they reveal their thoughts on life, love and the power of art.

At heart this is the story of New Yorker Theodore Decker and The Goldfinch, a painting by Dutch master Carel Fabritius. We meet Theodore or Theo at the age of 13 when he and his beloved mother take shelter from a rainstorm in a museum. His mother means everything to Theo and when she is killed in a horrific explosion at the museum he realizes “...the daily, commonplace happiness that was lost when I lost her.” For him that is so true. Somehow he manages to escape the carnage physically sound but psychologically damaged. He takes with him the Fabritius painting, an object that becomes as necessary to him as breath. But how can he keep it when eventually the world will be looking for the masterpieces lost in tragedy?

Initially Theo returns to the apartment that he shared with his mother sure that she will return. But once convinced that she is dead he ricochets from place to place, steps ahead of the social service workers. His father deserted the family years ago, and he is alone. Theo finds a temporary home with a wealthy family on the Upper East Side, the Barbours, whose son Andy had been a playmate of Theo’s years before.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By 82reader on Dec 16 2013
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I wish it could have gone on for ever. The characters quickly enter your heart and it was with reluctance that I finished reading this novel. Events are less well documented but character development is masterful. Tartt's book is well deserving of its accolades.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By shelley on Nov. 29 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a big, dazzling novel, over 700 pages and expertly crafted. Both an insanely compulsive tale of the twisted path a young man's life takes after it is forever changed by a violent event, and a meditation on family, love, and the enduring power of timeless works of art. With Boris, the protagonist's best friend and partner in crime, Tartt has created easily one of the most memorable and original characters in literature that I've met in years. Absolutely fabulous - this is the kind of book you wish you could read for the first time again and again.
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