Little Friend Paperback – Oct 6 2003
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I picked up the book because I loved Tartt's first book and this one received a good review. I think sometimes book reviewers feel it will reflect badly on their literary sensibilities if they complain about the lack of closure if a mystery isn't solved. The art is in the journey, and all that. That may be true in some cases, but I don't think it is here. This journey is just a bore. Little Friend reminded me of another overly long, out-of-control juggernaut: "The Crimson Petal and the White." Both are overwritten with no closure, but I think Crimson was definitely worth my time.
While I do agree that the ending left me feeling cheated; it seemed to just end, as if her editor told her it must be 'this long.'
This novel is a not-so-small miracle. I've never had an experience quite like it, and I'm a college English teacher, so I've read A LOT. On one level, I wanted to stop reading the book; it seemed to be taking forever. On another, I couldn't quit. Tartt's prose is that addictive. Fortunately (?) I got sick and had to spend a couple of days in bed which allowed me to read nearly nonstop from about 1/3 of the way through to the end. It's hard to believe, but it really is a fast-moving story, as long as you don't have a life!
I'm puzzled by those (including almost every review I read on this page) who want a tidy little package tied up with a bow at the end. Sure, it would have been nice to have the mystery fully solved, but that ain't how life works. This is an episode--a childhood picaresque without the geographical journey. The journey is inward. Harriet learns about loss through both death and a kind of betrayal, she comes to understand more about her family, she realizes that vegeance isn't hers to take, and overall, spends a pivotal summer in her life.
I do have a couple of minor complaints that account for the missing fifth star: The novel could be more carefully edited. Word-for-word repetitions are not uncommon. Also, why on earth can't a 12-year-old and a 17-year-old throw in a load of laundry?Read more ›
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I could never tell where the book was heading; the ending did not help make sense of it either. I'm still not really sure what the point was.Published 1 month ago by P. Whelan
I can count on one hand the number of times I haven't finish a novel, this is one of those times. I felt like I was forcing myself to continue because I like this author; the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bluereader
She takes too long to get to the point. Some words I have to look up. I won't be buying any more of her books.Published 13 months ago by Betty Brooker
Tartt's novels are all gripping, and her detailed presentation of full human lives and their circumstances are intense and beautiful.Published 20 months ago by anne savage
The story was full of suspense and great descriptions of characters. it would make a great movie. I really enjoyed the plot.Published 21 months ago by Lena L.
I enjoyed this novel! Donna Tartt's characterization was excellent in both her major and minor characters and the atmosphere of the small town seemed vivid and real to me in terms... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Ms. Mew
Every other reviewer was disappointed by the ending of "The Little Friend." Could this be because so many people are reared on a diet of "and they lived happily ever after? Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2007 by Nina