The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Paperback – Apr 7 2015
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"A soaring masterpiece."―Ron Charles, Washington Post
"Dazzling....A glorious, Dickensian novel, a novel that pulls together all Ms. Tartt's remarkable storytelling talents into a rapturous, symphonic whole and reminds the reader of the immersive, stay-up-all-night pleasures of reading."―Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
"The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind....Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction."―Stephen King, 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."―Vanity Fair
"Drenched in sensory detail, infused with Theo's churning thoughts and feelings, sparked by nimble dialogue, and propelled by escalating cosmic angst and thriller action, Tartt's trenchant, defiant, engrossing, and rocketing novel conducts a grand inquiry into the mystery and sorrow of survival, beauty and obsession, and the promise of art."―Booklist (starred review)
"There's a bewitching urgency to the narration that's impossible to resist. Theo is magnetic...The Goldfinch is a pleasure to read."―Publishers Weekly
"A long-awaited, elegant meditation on love, memory, and the haunting power of art....Eloquent and assured, with memorable characters....A standout--and well-worth the wait."―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"It's a classic...If you haven't read it, read it. If you have, read it again."―Andy Cohen, Today Show
"Where to begin? Simply put, I'm indescribably jealous of any reader picking up this masterpiece for the first time. And once they do, they will long remember the heartrending character of Theo Decker and his unthinkable journey."―Sarah Jessica Parker for Goop
About the Author
Donna Tartt is the author of The Goldfinch, which was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Her novels The Secret History and The Little Friend have been translated into 30 languages. She was born in Greenwood, Mississippi and is a graduate of Bennington College.
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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.Read more ›
This sensitive book about art theft, loss, growing up, the antiques world, drugs and drink, money and poverty, depth and shallowness, is really worth every well-thought out sentence and word.
I am at a loss about what to do without those special characters Potter and Boris in my reading life. They really grew to be larger than life philosophers.
I think one will either love or hate this book. I loved it’s depth, and the fact that it kept me thinking and looking. I do love 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.Read more ›
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Clear strong writing, brilliant imagining, and a wise take on memory, trauma and human connection, love and loyalty.Published 2 months ago by Linden
Sorry but this book is too long and badly written, repetitive and corny. Sometimes engaging , mostly not. Not sure what all the fuss was about.....Published 3 months ago
A little strange. I was frustrated with the major character.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer