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The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch

Author Donna Tartt

  • Published: 2013-10-22
  • Category: Literary
4 Stars
From 261 Customers Review
Price: $12.99



"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, The New York Times Book Review

Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. 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 longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love--and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch is a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.

Top Customer Reviews

  • The Goldfinch is an book that simples around by this book - and it's around down

    From Rascotty Scott
    Dont you read this book? Oh, it is an good book to read with the iBooks Store. Is it fun to read. Thanks for the book!
  • Masterpiece

    From Willemleduc
    Those who complain about excessive detail and description in this story completely miss the point. There is a compelling plot, but the descriptive passages are this book's greatest strength.
  • The Goldfinch

    From Peaceful in Montreal
    Captivating and moving.
  • The long slog

    From The Railway Children
    I made myself finish this story and I wish I hadn't. I picked up and finished at least five other books before I finished this one. Anything was more captivating. I am considering donating it to the "Free Little Library," but if I do, I feel compelled to put a warning label on it. It was slow moving, overly detailed and utterly unbelievable. Now, when I see a recommendation,"if you liked Goldfinch, you'll love....." I will run like Forest Grump!
  • Goldfinch

    From Goed reads
    At times riveting, at times dreamlike, at other times far too drawn out. Overall I found the book well written but tiresome in its sometimes excessive descriptions and dialogues.
  • Too long

    From Amu0203
    Too long. Too descriptive. Too boring.
  • Gripping, personal, and relevant

    From TBird99
    This was one of the best books I've read. It is grippingly, timeless and accessible.
  • Too long and plodding

    From Ellie's Nana
    There were good parts, mostly related to the character of New York City, Andy and his family, Pippa, and the craft of antiques. There were long drawn out parts which I ended up skipping over: life in Las Vegas, and the week(?) in Amsterdam after failing to get back the Goldfinch. Friend Boris got far more attention than he deserved. What bothered me most were the anachronisms. The story starts around the year 2000 but the author has the characters using technology that isn't invented or ubiquitous until 10 years later. The other aspect that irritated me was how knowledgeable the 13 year old hero was about art, books, interpersonal relations, world views, etc.
  • Please, stop writing!

    From DenaTooma
    Donna Tartt's boring, overly-detailed literary slop is an affront to book lovers. I give this two IT SUCKS.
  • Intriguing character and story

    From Bfd3133313
    I was surprised at the upbeat feeling of this book considering the tragic loss of the mother. I thought it gave a great perspective on how easily one can end up addicted to drugs and alcohol to cope with life. I agree the ending could have been better but overall a good book.