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The Goldfinch: A Novel (pulitzer Prize For Fiction)

by Donna Tartt

Little, Brown And Company | October 22, 2013 | Hardcover

The Goldfinch: A Novel (pulitzer Prize For Fiction) is rated 3.9583 out of 5 by 24.
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

"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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 784 pages, 9.75 × 6.25 × 1.75 in

Published: October 22, 2013

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316055433

ISBN - 13: 9780316055437

Found in: Fiction and Literature
Great art – true genius – has a power over people that can’t be explained. It can be experienced, it can be felt, but when we fall in love with a work of art, describing that magic is impossible. Donna Tartt, in her brilliant new novel The Goldfinch, embraces that mystery and builds a story, and a life, that are unforgettable. The Goldfinch is a glorious masterpiece - that rare novel that feels huge and personal at the same time. It’s the story of Theo, a boy who survives a terrible tragedy – a terrorist bombing that takes the life of his mother – he emerges from the rubble with a priceless painting, a mesmerizing image that will obsess, haunt, and inspire him. And that’s just the beginning. This is a story wrapped in big ideas, about fate, friendship, and hope, but Theo’s journey in all its twists and turns is always intimate, a small life on a big stage. The Goldfinch is a book you’ll remember forever – a book that insists on being read again and again.

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Goldfinch. Disappointed in this one. Loved her other books.
Date published: 2014-11-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Love it/Dislike it Opinions about this book divide. Opinions about divisions of this book divide. Some critics rave about its "art," but other critics pan its far-fetched plotting and meandering narrative. The Goldfinch, it seems, leaves no room for middle ground. Before I read this book, I spoke with many people about it. Their opinions, like those of the literary critics, fell at opposite, extreme ends of the spectrum. Some raved about how they couldn't put it down, but others rolled their eyes and said, "I could not finish that awful book." When I read the opening chapters, I thought, "I have to go with the friends who say this is a great book." I loved the child character, Theo Decker, and his strong-willed mother. The events of their life in New York City absorbed me, the idea of the painting intrigued me and I admired Tartt's seamless storytelling. Then I reached the part when Theo ends up in Vegas. The storytelling pace slowed, and the subject matter of Theo's Vegas life did not appeal to me. For hundreds of pages (hundreds), Tartt describes the booze and drug escapades of Theo and his friend, Boris. I thought, "Okay, I'm not so crazy about this part, but maybe it will pick up later." My hopes raised when Theo returned to New York, but my optimism soon faded. The final part of Tartt's book details a bleak, convoluted and, yes, far-fetched plot involving yet more booze, hard-core drug use and characters pivotal to the story that we don't ever meet. I flagged reading Theo's stream of consciousness diatribe of existential angst. By then I thought, "Okay, I'm starting to understand the people who couldn't finish this book." Fittingly, my opinion about this book is divided. I loved the first several hundred pages; I endured the middle; I disliked, and actively resented, the end. Would I recommend this book? I recommend reading the opening sections and then stopping. After that, in your imagine, create your own ending for Theo and the painting.
Date published: 2014-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable but a bit too long I enjoyed this book overall even though it was quite sad and depressing, but I felt it dragged in parts and could have been trimmed down.
Date published: 2014-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worthwhile I can absolutely see why this book won the Pulitzer. The writing style is phenomenal and made even the most mundane musings of the characters feel important and interesting. I gave this book 4 stars because I wasn't completely enamoured of the story itself given the ending (a bit tidy) ... but this was a completely satisfying read and one of the better works of fiction I've read in a very long time.
Date published: 2014-09-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent! I rarely ever disagree with Heather's picks and this book is no exception.. It may be a long novel but it is so captivating you will have a hard time putting it down! I would highly recommend this book to anyone considering reading it.
Date published: 2014-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful read. This book was wonderfully long. It kept me captivated with every page. It is sad, yet humorous. A love story but tragic. The characters are well developed and believable. I had a very hard time putting it down. My only disappointment was I bought this to read on my IPad, the first book that I have read this way, now I am going to buy a hard copy as it was difficult to go back a read a page. This has to be on top of my list of Favourites. I ca see why it is a winner.
Date published: 2014-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was one of the best books I've read! I was a little put off by the size of the book at first, however once you pick it up there's no putting it down. I flew threw it quickly as the story keeps your undivided attention from start to finish. I would most definitely recommend this novel to anyone considering it.
Date published: 2014-08-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Full of beauty and insight The writing is beautiful and rich, and I wasn't bothered by the heavy handed symbolism. Actually, I loved this book so much for the first 400 pages or so at which point I found myself skimming ahead quite a bit. The book could have shed a few dozen pages. Big ideas do not need to be delivered in big books. Well worth reading though!
Date published: 2014-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Full of beauty and insight I don't read for plot suspense, it's all about the language and intelligence, and most of all the humanity. I was excited about this book. I love Tartt's prose, and I didn't mind the heavy-handed symbolism, but at times I admit that I felt the need to skim along, the book could have shed a few dozen pages. The ideas are big, the book doesn't have to be.
Date published: 2014-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must read I found it difficult to put down, truly a great book. At times it dragged on; altogether an amazing enthralling tale.
Date published: 2014-06-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Editor Please The writing is lovely. The story plot is quite good. But then there are the rambling conversations and situations that don't always add any value to the story. About half-way through I found myself speed reading to get through the flood of words in search of the gems of humanity and enlightenment that were the heart of this book.
Date published: 2014-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written, profound insight! I think this is an amazing read, so I was happy that it was so long. I am impressed with the author's vast knowledge of works of art and how to describe and relate to them. I was in awe of her writing skills and her ability to relate how people can develop, after a tragic loss. It is a complex book, not for those who need a fast moving shorter novel. I enjoyed the experience.
Date published: 2014-06-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Glad I'm done with it Ugh, such a long winded read!  If I don't like a book, I'll know by page 100.  I read this one and was into the story for the first 400-500 pages.  I can't say that I got too attached to the main character, he was just the story teller for me.  I just didn't care about him. Past a certain point (pages 500+) I was reading a sentence or two per page and I didn't feel I missed out on anything. Starts strong then gets bogged down with odd filler, twists, long winded go-nowhere strands... I'm glad I'm done with it.
Date published: 2014-04-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Goldfinch I was looking forward to this book  unfortunately I was greatly disappointed. I enjoyed the first 300-400 pages, but then it went in so many directions  - I got bored. I actually was hoping for the end , but never quite made it . I stopped reading altogether, by page 700, I just couldn't finish it.
Date published: 2014-03-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Goldfinch: It's a long, long book, but you may like it! This book was different than books I normally read but I found it held me captive for the first 400 pages, then it got a little boring in spots, too drawn out. It's the story of young Theo and the tradgedies in his life and a picture that he carries with him thru the years as a tie to his Mother. I had hoped the ending would fill me with relief that he found himself but the end left me with relief that the book was over. The author is an exellent writer but think the book would have been better if some chapters were condensed and not so drawn out. It was an okay read but not one of my favorites.
Date published: 2014-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lengthy, but worth it Beautifully heartbreaking and painfully uplifting. 
Date published: 2014-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lots to tweet about! Theodore Decker is an only child and his loving mother is a source of constant stability and security - but when she dies in a tragic accident, Theo’s life begins to unravel. The title of the book refers to his mother’s favourite painting and it becomes his last connection to her. But rather than bring him joy, it becomes a constant reminder of her death and generates incredible anxiety. Theo’s life falls to pieces and we watch him self-destruct with drugs, alcohol and crime. At its core the story is about a boy losing his mother and the more I read the less important the famous painting became. It hung loosely in the background but it’s almost as if the author wanted a hook and built the story around the painting unnecessarily. Overall the Goldfinch is a good read with vivid characters and rich plot but it is quite lengthy – so be prepared to go the distance.
Date published: 2014-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would like to read a condensed version of this book Reading this book reminded me of waiting for a long winded person to get to the point. The person is about to tell you about the beautiful garden they visited, but buy the time you hear about how many pot holes they had to avoid, how long the wait was at each stop light, and word for word everything they heard on the radio on their way to the garden, they have totally lost your interest. I managed to read the whole book, but much of it I skimmed. When I read a good book, I feel a loss when it ends, with this book it was total relief. On a positive note I liked the premise and there were times I felt I was into the story, then it went off the rails again. If I could read a condensed version of The Goldfinch, I think it might be a four star instead of a two.
Date published: 2014-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I wish I still had it to look forward to! If you liked The Glass Castle, you will love this just as much or more! Amazing story with depth and tale of the resilience of children! A definite must read.
Date published: 2014-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Moving Tale Definitely a good read and as mentioned in previous reviews a long read! Very well written! I was really moved by the story and the characters. Theo pulled at my heart strings all throughout the book.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous! Sprawling, but each sentence is thoughtfully composed and flawlessness executed. This book is both gripping and intelligent: a rare combination in the world of fiction! It's definitely on my list of the top 5 books I've read in the last year or two. 
Date published: 2014-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really wonderful story and characters - so well-written I loved this book. Even though it is a huge book, every page was so interesting and absorbing, I never wanted it to end. I had never read anything else by Donna Tartt, but now I want to read everything she has ever written. It is well-worth buying this book, so that you can read it slowly and savour it, and then re-read it the moment you finish it :)
Date published: 2014-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a lengthy treat to savour At 771 pages, this novel provided many good evenings curled up with a great story. There is tragedy, love, mystery, humour, all beautifully drawn by the author in the characters she created. An important painting, beautiful, rare, is the centre of Theo's life.  As Theo grows from tragic boy to flawed but successful man, he is surrounded by exceptional, unusual people, so well drawn that I expect I'll read this again, even though it's been a long time since I read one this long. Well done.   
Date published: 2013-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A glorious masterpiece! Great art – true genius – has a power over people that can’t be explained. It can be experienced, it can be felt, but when we fall in love with a work of art, describing that magic is impossible. Donna Tartt, in her brilliant new novel The Goldfinch, embraces that mystery and builds a story, and a life, that are unforgettable. The Goldfinch is a glorious masterpiece - that rare novel that feels huge and personal at the same time. It’s the story of Theo, a boy who survives a terrible tragedy – a terrorist bombing that takes the life of his mother – he emerges from the rubble with a priceless painting, a mesmerizing image that will obsess, haunt, and inspire him. And that’s just the beginning. This is a story wrapped in big ideas, about fate, friendship, and hope, but Theo’s journey in all its twists and turns is always intimate, a small life on a big stage. The Goldfinch is a book you’ll remember forever – a book that insists on being read again and again.
Date published: 2013-12-02

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The Goldfinch: A Novel (pulitzer Prize For Fiction)

by Donna Tartt

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 784 pages, 9.75 × 6.25 × 1.75 in

Published: October 22, 2013

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316055433

ISBN - 13: 9780316055437

From the Publisher

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

"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.

About the Author

Donna Tartt was born in Greenwood, Mississippi and is a graduate of Bennington College. She is the author of the novels The Secret History and The Little Friend, which have been translated into thirty languages.

Editorial Reviews

"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 (Starred Review)
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