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The Goldfinch: A Novel (pulitzer Prize For Fiction)

byDonna Tartt

Paperback | April 7, 2015

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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, 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.
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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Title:The Goldfinch: A Novel (pulitzer Prize For Fiction)Format:PaperbackDimensions:784 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 1.75 inPublished:April 7, 2015Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Can't wait to read Just bought this today and it looks super interesting
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Overall, this book could have used some work but the general atmosphere was very gripping, and the character development was great!
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Finished this book in 2 days I couldn't stop reading, a great story
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Hard to put down. An enjoyable read!
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! So glad I finally picked up this book. I love Donna Tartt's writing style and was fully immersed in the story from beginning to end. Can't wait to read her other books!
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Okay Book I've been seeing this novel everywhere but after reading it, I didn't think it was as good as I hoped it'd be....
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book Really really great. Highly recommended
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great I really enjoyed this book
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this Such a good book! I could not put it down!
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It stuck with me A great coming of age story that always held my interest. I didn't love the ending - felt a bit too neat, but would definitely recommend to others and probably read again myself later in life.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Painful Read This books tries so unbelievably hard to be intellectual, and create a grand metaphor about life that it spectacularly fails in all aspects. Most of the events that occur are implausible at best, the basic summarization of art plays into the pseudo intellectual effect this book goes for. As whole, this book was incredibly dull. Some of the prose were beautiful, but overall, the story didn't live up to the hype.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Painful Read This books tries so unbelievably hard to be intellectual, and create a grand metaphor about life that it spectacularly fails in all aspects. Most of the events that occur are implausible at best, the basic summarization of art plays into the pseudo intellectual effect this book goes for. As whole, this book was incredibly dull. Some of the prose were beautiful, but overall, the story didn't live up to the hype.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pushed me to try other genres I picked this book up on a whim when I saw it on sale for $15, I didn't know anything about the plot but the description sounded interesting enough. Ultimately - wow, so happy I grabbed this! I often read a lot of classic fiction and don't keep up with popular fiction but this was a fantastic book (in my opinion.) I loved the sprawling coming of age story, lots of drama, tragedy and romance as well. Something for everyone.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok Read The book started off really good. I was very intrigued but then the middle really dragged. Took me a long long time to finish this one. I did however finish it just because i can't start a book and never find out what happened. It did have a nice story line . Overall i enjoyed it but feel that there was a lot of hype for this book over nothing really.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written... A lot has been said about this book. Some have said it is over-hyped, overrated, unrealistically fawned over, etc. First, it is beautifully written and it never seems stale even at the 700 page mark. It is a long read, but the character evolution demands the reader stay engaged.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too wordy I love to read and was excited to pick up this book. The first 500 pages kept me interested but the last 200 pages lost me. I read it to finish it and it took forever. There was way too much detail that wasn't necessary and very wordy. I like the idea of the book but just not how it was presented.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Book! This book was an amazing piece of work! I can't even call this a novel. It truly is a piece of work! I have never really read a book like this before. Im not sure how to describe it other than the saying that the stories and the characters were just written in such a real and way....no fluff, just raw! Amazing writing. The book was very very long so hold on for a long ride.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Great book, all my friends said it was amazing so I decided to try it out and it lived up to the expectations
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from page turner I couldn't put this book down. I work with teenagers and am exposed to their reality daily in the public school system. The tough lives that these boys face is not fiction, but rather something we often "don't see" right in front of us. I really appreciated the "not so fluffy" read for a change.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly excellent This is not an easy read, but it is a vital one. I read this book over a year ago, and every couple of days, something happens and I think of part of this book. Stunning stuff!
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! It has been a while since I came across a book that I became lost in, stayed up hours past when I should have and mourned when I had finished it. This was that book. A captivating story and the detailed wording leaves no question unanswered. A must read !
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Beautifully written. Love story between a mother and her son.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A little slow Very detail oriented and a tad bit slow. Enjoyed some of the story but not all while reading.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay I bought this one as my first "Heathers pick" and found it to be a let down. I ended up returning it after reading. It was interesting at first but then it just became very strange. If usually takes me about a week to get through any book this one took me a few months to finish.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it this is a really good novel which I enjoyed
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book. Enjoyed parts of the book but not all.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This was a really good read. It's an unusual story that's twists and turns keep the read glued to the pages until the end. I would highly recommend it!
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not worth the hype I expected something great, but personally, I found that the book moved too slowly and focused on the details too much. There could've been so much more potential for character and plot development, but sadly that was all used up in minute setting descriptions. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Engaging It's been a long time since I found a book so alternately beautiful and maddening. There are excellent scenes and lines in this novel, and I'm glad I read it.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Added this to my list of all time favorite books! I loved this story. I thought the characters were strong and engaging. I would recommend this to anyone.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I am not sure what all the hype is about This is a daunting and often draining book. I am not sure I 'get it' but not in the sense of 'not understanding' what I am reading because I do. I am just not sure I understand why this story is supposed to be interesting, or what the impetus was or is for telling this story. I got halfway through this book and I had to put it down. The prose is VERY well written, I just did not connect with the story or the journey or the characters 100%. I will give Tartt's other books a try because I did enjoy her prose so much. I may even this this book another go in the near future.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Couldn't Finish I don't think this is a bad book - I enjoyed the story on the whole, but there was too much detail and I just found it very depressing. Nothing happy happens, and for that I couldn't finish.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovable characters! I fell in love with the characters.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Long Book This is a long book. The story line is very interesting however it doesn't seem to have too much of a plot. It seems like this is more about the story of someones life rather than a story with a plot. It's interesting but at some parts it was difficult to stay engaged.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from slow and steady road I wouldn't say that this is one of the best fiction book I've read and although the story is not so gripping or page turning but there's something dreamlike element to this book. The writing is beautiful with its own unique charm. At some point, it was a bit too dragging but some scenes are so beautifully written that you stop for a while, look up and grasp the words into your soul. I'm not giving five stars to the story because it's not something very special or unique but the writing -- oh yes!! I wish I could give more than five stars for the wonderful writing. Warning: the book is pretty long. If you've enough time to invest in good literature and want to read at low pace as you slowly immerse your soul in the words, then this is one of those books. FIVE STARS!!!
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very enjoyable Very enjoyable book, uplifting and very well done. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book changed me. Once you get into it you cannot put it down. HIGHLY recommend!
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Brings you through a ride of emotions. Well written and enough of a book that I wasn't done it in a night....but did not get dry at any point. I am onto another by this author.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing writing and fantastic characters! My favourite read of the year
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this I thoroughly enjoyed this book -some of the best characters in recent fiction
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A masterpiece! This book is wonderful on so many levels. Amazingly well written and well thought through. The characters are complex and the story is heartbreaking. Huge book but so worth it! I would recommend it to anyone!
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from it was good it was definitly great. Leaves you in suspense the whole time.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Right in the middle It wasn't my favourite book, but also wasn't the worst book I've read. Story was slow in the beginning, but picked up and the intrigue of what was going to happen kept me reading. Again, definitely ranked middle of my scale of 'amazing to trash it'
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible One of the best books that I read in 2016. A coworker recommended it to me and I became absolutely engrossed in Theo's life. A modern day Dickensian saga full of grit and catastrophe, masterfully written. I couldn't put it down. Keep in mind, this book is a work of literature, and the subject material is heavy. If you're not shy of confronting dark issues that are unfortunately prevalent in our society, this book will greatly reward you. I would read this to be moved and awed, not entertained.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It is a winner! Loved this book - one of my top ten! A little dark at times, as the characters deal with some of lifes unpleasant experiences. A great story that hooks you right to the end.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Love and Hate I recommend reading Parts 1 and 2. The last half of chapter 11 and the first half of chapter 12 (until it gets philosophical) and you will have enjoyed your read. I struggled to rate this book because I LOVED the first let's say... half. Actually I loved less than half but the way I felt about the first parts carried me through to the midway point with affection. The description of a human experience I could not fathom was heartbreaking and beautiful. But after the drama came real life. And there were points where I felt for the main character and wanted to root for him but at some point the detail got so tedious and monotonous I just wanted to fast forward. My main complaint is that it seemed the writer skimmed over the interesting and action packed parts to the point where I was left confused about what had actually happened, and spent annoying lengths of time with useless everyday narrative. It almost felt like reading a transcript of someone's life at some points. There were pages and pages and pages of word for word conversations and interactions that had no affect of the advancement of the novel and did not help me feel more connected to the characters. They were boring. As is someone wrote out all the conversations I had in one day and put them in a novel. In fact, if you remove them, I feel the novel would be half as long and hugely compelling. Basically--like this review--the book is too long. And by the final section I had completely lost interest. It's sad because as soon as I started reading, I was hooked. In love with the writing and plot, but it's almost like 5 stories in one the novel is so up and down. And I'd say 2 of the 5 are compelling. The detail about the art... perhaps someone more well versed in art would be into it... for me it fell kind of flat. I got the gist and understood the passion for art, but when there were pages and pages about how a brush stroke is different from this painting to that... I was over it. Run on sentences were a problem for me. I'd read on my kobo on the subway and would start a sentence one stop ahead of my stop, and 4 page clicks later the sentence would finally end. Lot's of : -- ; , keeping sentences with 5 different tangents alive.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A favourite Found the characters lingering in my mind for weeks after, that impact can only be done in a great story.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I didn't want this book to end. Beautifully written.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Definate addition to the top 5! Although long-and it is obvious when you look at the book,getting past this fact and by enjoying this book for the love of reading intelligent fiction is what made this journey /story most enjoyable and I did delve into this because I have a son and related to the journey of a boy losing his mother at the age of innocence to growing up in toxic environment but still keeping his love for his mother with him as he struggles with morals.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it. A beautifully written first-person story, so psychologically engaging that you feel the author's pain and desperate longing only too true in human nature, in the in-between space of art, love, and magic that connects us all.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but long I enjoyed this book, the story was well written and the characters had great dept to them. However, it was quite long and I got bored from it near the middle, I needed to push myself to finish it as I wanted to know hoe it finished. I believe that the author could have made it shorter and there was unnecessary parts. Despite it all, would recommend this book
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lengthy but amazing So well-written. So clever and real. It took me a long, long time to get through, but when I finally did - I knew it wasn't for nothing. There are some painfully slow parts, sure; but there are also some vividly captivating parts that I think make everything worth it.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read!! This book is amazing on so many levels. It is long but it's worth the commitment!!!!
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mehhhh I bought this book because it was getting so much attention and great reviews. There were parts in this book that were interesting but for the most part the book dragged on. For the majority of the book I had to force myself to read it and I just wanted the book to end.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Fantastic writing, enjoyed every page
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it A very controversial Pulitzer Prize winner, in that you seem to either love it or hate it. I loved it, found the plot and characters to be very interesting with many unexpected turns and would definitely recommend it!
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely LOVED this book This is by far the best book I have read in ages. The story is relevant to current events, and although a little are fetched at times it maintained a realistic storyline. I cannot say enough good things about this book.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book What I really liked about this book is that the character was so raw and true to life. There were a lot of surprises that I wasn't expecting and were greatly appreciated. The character was human on so many levels that I felt I have known someone who had the same characteristics. It was refreshing to read about a character with so many challenges in life and how he honestly handled them.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing book! Great story, very well written! Highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Donna Tartt is a formidable writer! In my opinion, her narration and writing style is very dickensian in nature. Definitely recommend!
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from the worst Bought this after reading a glowing NYT review, and was left feeling grossly disappointed and wondering where it all went wrong. Waste of $ aside, the book as a whole is incoherent, characters unrelatable and shallow (despite the painfully obvious and abundant opportunities to connect back to universal themes re: grief, class, fear, etc...), narration style insufferably conceited, ending underwhelming and cliche. How did this book win the Pulitzer Prize? Am I missing something here? Someone please explain this to me. Better yet, refund me the time and energy I wasted reading this overrated piece of
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful novel The story was really interesting and the main character of Theo was very well-developed and fully fleshed out. A wide, sprawling story that really gets you invested.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this Loved this book. Characters were thoroughly developed I was sucked into the world of this book. Strange and interesting story. On of those books I would love to own and add to my collected to read again.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A struggle Although the premise of the book is amazing, and the characters are sometimes strong, Tartt should have been able to say what she wanted in 350 pages instead of (what seemed like) 2000. Weaving through several decades, the book is a fascinating take on childhood sans authority, but I felt it was ruined by the length which seemed to squeeze the characters for all they were worth.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh Read the Secret History instead. This is a long, sometimes tedious read that is far from compelling
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the Best The book tended to be all over the place, and the characters were hard to like. Definitely not the greatest book but its not horrible either. I bought it because of the size and it did take me some time to read, so if you're looking for a large book this one is OK.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from :) This is an interesting read. A little all over the place but wraps together in a nice way. Will definitely be recommending it to others.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating This is an incredible novel and extremely well written. This novel deals with grief and guilt with such raw emotion that it's impossible not to be drawn in. I highly recommend this read although it is slightly slow paced in parts.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Bit slow but beautiful writing
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Goldfinch A good book, but absolutely not on the level of Tartt's previous masterpiece The Secret History. Still worth a read if one likes the genre.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic character study I loved this novel from beginning to end. With the twists and turns of life and a writer who isn't afraid to delve into the raw unvarnished humanity of people who make mistakes and try to amend them, this book lets you be part of a life. If you're looking for action packed Hollywood drama, this isn't it. If you're looking to get lost in the journey of a young boy as he travels through life alone, trying to hold on to his most valuable possession and the memory of his mother, prepare to be lost.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not as Good as Expected This book ultimately left me unsatisfied. I had heard great things and seeing it win so many awards made me want to read it, but ultimately it is a very frustrating read.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read A bit heavy at times, but overall good read.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Long but Enjoyable This is a larger book and may seem a bit daunting, but it is worth the read. Great mix of a mystery and coming of age tale, with a little art history thrown in.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Pretty good book. Rather engaging, kept wanting to read more!
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could Not Put The Book Down I read this book last year and I held on to it as I plan on picking it up and reading again in a few years. Great story.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic book! I was very apprehensive about this book at first, as I found it very slow in the beginning. There are so many twists and turns with many unexpected events. I am reading it again and I'm enjoying it even more. I would definetly recommend this book.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Struggled To Read It Many books I can't put down while I'm reading them. This one I struggled picking up to continue. It started off promising and then seemed to fall apart. It's not the worst book I've ever read but very far from the best. Quite disappointing.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book Wonderful read. Worth the purchase!
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing. I'm someone who will almost always finishes a book, even if I'm not into it. But I could not get into this book and couldn't force myself to keep reading it.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hard to get through I tried to read this book several times however could never make it through. It was redundant and lacked editing. i was very disappointed.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed feelings I think the writing in this book is beautiful - it truly is. It was often heart breaking and left me feeling conflicted about the protagonist (at times I was really rooting for him, at other times I hated him). I actually loved this book up until the end. I found myself very disappointed by the last 100 pages (it felt rushed and incomplete). After investing so much time into reading it, it was a real let down. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's Okay Try to get into the book but was no easy.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from May need to give it a few tries I tried to read this quite a few times. Easy read but I always loose interest and it seems to not involve the art in any aspect at all. A little disappointed #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Long but worth it I kept hearing about this book but reading what it was about, it didn't interest me at all. Finally I decided to buy it and I loved it! The writing is fantastic, even in scenes where I didn't care about what was happening, her writing kept me engaged. I ended up loving and even though it's long, I didn't want it to end!
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay This book is ok, but nothing more. Well written but I wanted to slap the main character. I don't understand how it won the pulitzer...
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Enjoyable Although this book is really long, it is quite enjoyable. It took me a month to read and I am genuinely happy that I completed it. Some things though were very hard to get through, because it felt like it was not paced well enough and there were too many details. However, I did enjoy the plot and the characters. Both were well formed. I recommend this to people who enjoy life sagas and can handle reading large books following the documentation of a life, whether it is fictional or not.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great book It was not what I expected and in a good way. I certainly see what it got the Pulitzer price. Complicated on so many levels, language included, it gets a bit slow paced at times but you never want to put it down as the author keeps you captivated.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it totally different than what I expected but in a good way for sure!!! Also a different type of book than what I normally read but I truly enjoyed it
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Not bad but I expected more. It was very drawn out and not interesting to read in lots of parts.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I understand why it won the puliter prize! The gravity of the subject matter conveyed in such an eloquent and, often times socially appropriate dialogue, made you search for hidden meanings and apply your own perspective to the story. Although a daunting beginning, I soon found that every single event, fact and conversation had relevance in the final climax. Not to mention the action, adventure, romance, drama, violence and overarching morality of the novel meant that it was always an interesting book to pick up. The linguistic art, and emotional roller-coaster, still astonishes me and the structure of the book baffles me at how Tartt compresses 30 vibrant eventful years into one book. I will read this again! Hopefully all the messages will change based on my stage in life at that time.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay I really thought that this was going to be an amazing book based on the reviews and the fact that it won the Pulitzer Prize. However, it left me wanting more. I found the pacing of the book too slow at times and would struggle to push through reading. It all just felt so anti-climactic.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story Although having a few parts of the book that didn't quite grip me as much as the rest, I loved this book. Different from your usual story, a bit darker at times which is what I liked about it. Main character seem to be very truthfully written and real. Great read!
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Goldfinch I received a lot of recommendations to read this book from customers I served at Chapters. I finally broke down and read it. So glad I did. Donna Tartt rates as the best writer I have read this year! Her characters and situations are implanted in my memory. My vocabulary doubled due to the many verbs/adverbs etc that fill her sentences. She brings vision right off the page. Extremly entertaining, mysterious and darkly funny. A definite must read!
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this I am so happy i bought this book. Magical.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite book Surprised to read negative reviews, thought this book was amazing. Engrossed from beginning to end!
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book I have Read In A Few Years This book completely captivated me! It grips you from the first to the last page. Taking you into a young man's world. As you watch his life completely spiral out of control from his youth to young adulthood it makes you feel like you have entered his journey with him. Every time someone asks me to recommend a book this is always the first one that comes to mind!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read - but a little meh Great story - different from your usual plot.However, it was hard to follow at times - many jumps and i even found myself confused.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Story - but a little meh I enjoyed this book as i thought the story was different than the usual books you come across.However, there were many jumps and it was hard to follow
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A little daunting but full of good stuff The premise of the book is amazing. The first 1/4 is amazing. Then it takes (what was for me) an unexpected turn with its characters. Despite my initial disappointment, I read through and found the book to be worth finishing. Overall enjoyable and Im looking forward to reading more of her work!
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very heavy going I wanted to like this book because the language in it is quite beautiful, but it is way too long. Sometime around page 600 I found myself skipping through pages of Theo's internal monologue until I got to a spot where something actually happened.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh This book was average at best. It's worth a read, but I wouldn't recommend buying it. Go to a library instead. The main character is neither likable nor relatable. He also reads as incredibly feminine. I forgot several times I wasn't reading from the perspective of a man. The mystery failed to intrigue me at all, but I enjoyed the book enough that I don't regret reading it. The Goldfinch had a lot of hype and I don't think it was deserved, but if you really want to read it, go to your local library.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from terrible could not get into this book if my life depended on it
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best This is a beautiful book. It's my favourite book.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! Great story about the hold tragedy and art can have on a life.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating A detailed story about a tragedy that changed everything. A young boy's journey to make peace with his past and take control of his future. Well written and incredible character development.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my favorite #plumreview Slow moving and difficult to finish.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Even though this is a long book, it's a fun, quick easy read with great characters and an intriguing plot. I'm not surprised it was popular, but I am surprised that it won the Pulitzer Prize, which I would assume would go to more substantial works. There's not a lot of depth or intellect here, just a fun story.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book in Years Beautifully written, great plot, perfect pace and best characters and storyline that I have read in years. If you love literature you will love this book. If you love following a great character through many life stages with a mystery to boot you will love this book.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved it LOVE this book. It did drag at times, but overall it was so beautifully written and such a great story
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great Donna Tartt novel The Secret History is quite possible my favourite novel of all time, so I was highly anticipating the release of The Goldfinch. The novel didn't disappoint and, in my opinion, is much better than Tartt's follow-up to The Secret History, The Little Friend. The Goldfinch pays tribute to Dickens, providing an unputdownable novel where characters shine and mysteries abound. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Sigh I so wanted to love this book and I had great promise for it. after about 200 pages I put it down for good. while I loved the style, I just couldn't get into it. I found it slow, Gosh was it slow. I was easily distracted when reading it and when I put it down, the next time I picked it up, I had a hard time remembering what was happening when I left it last. I always had to go back a few pages and refresh my memory. maybe down the road I'll try again...
Date published: 2016-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart-rending meditation on the meaning of loss, addiction, friendship, art, love, and life itself. The Goldfinch is a roller-coaster ride in which fear, euphoria, and a sense of groundlessness succeed and overlap each other with blazing speed. The narrator, Theodore Decker, is a 13-year-old boy whose life crumbles as he miraculously survives a terrorist attack in an art gallery only to discover that his mother is killed in it. His only link to his mother, and the object which, from then on, infuses his life some sense of purpose, becomes a tiny masterpiece by a Dutch artist which he had taken from the gallery on the day on the attack. What follows is not, however, a “Book (art) Thief” type narrative, but rather a furious exploration on the meaning of loss, addiction, friendship, art, love, and life itself. In some sense, it is a coming of age novel, but not the Dickens or Salinger style we are used to. Theo may have the making of Pip, Oliver Twist, or Holden, but the 21st century world which he is hurled into makes him a completely different protagonist. The question which Donna Tartt seems to be asking in The Goldfinch not so much, “how to live?”, but whether to live at all. Just take a look at this voluptuous passage in the middle of the book: "...depression wasn’t the word. This was a plunge encompassing sorrow and revulsion far beyond the personal: a sick, drenching nausea at all humanity and human endeavor from the dawn of time. The writhing loathsomeness of the biological order. Old age, sickness, death. No escape for anyone. Even the beautiful ones were like soft fruit about to spoil…People gambled and golfed and planted gardens and traded stocks and had sex and bought new cars and practiced yoga and worked and prayed and redecorated their homes and got worked up over the news and fussed over their children and gossiped about their neighbors and pored over restaurant reviews and founded charitable organizations and supported political candidates and attended the U.S. Open and dined and travelled and distracted themselves with all kinds of gadgets and devices, flooding themselves incessantly with information and texts and communication and entertainment from every direction to try to make themselves forget it: where we were, what we were. But in a strong light there was no good spin you could put on it. It was rotten top to bottom. Putting your time in at the office; dutifully spawning your two point five; smiling politely at your retirement party; then chewing on your bedsheet and choking on your canned peaches at the nursing home. It was better never to have been born—never to have wanted anything, never to have hoped for anything." Tartt may be more prolix than Shakespeare, but whose life has not had moments when it feels like “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”. You may think that only PTSD and severe addiction which can engender such moods, but I would argue that all of us are addicted to something and loss of a loved one is not matter of option but of time. I know, all of this may sound depressing, but The Goldfinch is, in the upshot, a novel of hope. Like its non-fictional counterpart in Camus’ Myth of Sisyphus, Theo lives on rolling on his boulder of memory and at times “one can imagine…[him almost] happy”.
Date published: 2016-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Excellent Read The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is, hands down, the BEST book I have ever read. The story is so well written, and the way each page entices you on to the next is fantastic. I've read all of Donna's books, each, in their own way, is a stand alone story. However, I found that The Goldfinch is the BEST of all three. I can't say enough about Donna Tartt. She is a master storyteller. BUY THIS BOOK.
Date published: 2016-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This book renewed my love of reading! A friend recommended this book to me with the caution; she loved it but had lent it to someone else and they really didn't enjoy it. So, curious I picked it up. I was hooked from the 'get go'! It was so rich with details, it ran like a movie in my head. It's been several weeks since I finished it and I still think of it. David T. W. McCord's poem must have been written with this in mind..."Books fall open, you fall in, delighted where you've never been..." As a result, here I am on the Indigo/Chapters website looking for another adventure in reading!
Date published: 2016-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed this book Happy i bought this book, very good read once you get into it.
Date published: 2016-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! My cousin recommended this book to me and at first I thought she was exaggerating on how amazing it was.Then I started the book for myself to see what all the fuss was about and I could not put it down! I don't think I've ever read a book that fast before. The book was quite long but it was worth it!
Date published: 2015-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Memorable! This is one of those books that you will remember for the rest of your life. The characters are complicated, the plot is full of unexpected twists and the overall story is heartbreaking. It's a book about loss, trauma and longing, but there is hope and love and redemption. A very fulfilling read.
Date published: 2015-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This book is one of the best coming of age books I have ever read! It's powerful, it engages the reader and yes it is too long! But no life can ever be written in 10 pages! If you are looking for a quick read this is not it! This book requires all your attention and demands only that you let yourself go and get caught up in Theo's life! I will recommend this book to anyone who asks for a great read! Donna Tartt is an amazing writer!
Date published: 2015-10-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Do not buy this book. If you're like me and you read for enjoyment, you most likely look to be entertained by a work of fiction. The best works are engaging and compelling. They challenge the way you think. This novel does not do that. It is long, drawn out, irrelevant, and boring. It serves mostly as a platform for Tartt to showcase her knowledge of art, antiquities, and language than it does to fully engage the reader. The irony of the self-deprecating finale "if anyone ever reads this" is comical. It is certainly inconsistent with the rest of the novel. Better editing to consolidate the plot to the things that actually matter would have helped. Same with a plot that actually felt believable. My problem is that once I start a novel I always feel the need to finish it. My best advice to you, the potential customer: save your time and money and buy something else.
Date published: 2015-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A very good read! An excellent story, however a little long in the middle, but then again, I find most all books over 400 pages to lag on and on in the middle like this one does. Had an opportunity to see the painting in Dan Hang this summer and loved it.
Date published: 2015-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could barely put it down! I bought this book without really knowing anything about it and I found the story beautifully constructed and absolutely riveting. If I have a negative at all it's that some sections could have been cut down and would have served the same purpose. However, the author shows her talent on so many levels that it's really hard to fault her for taking us down so many different avenues. I became obsessed with the Goldfinch painting and couldn't wait for the outcome. A wonderful book.
Date published: 2015-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great on so many levels. I loved this book- the hardcover was a little tough to navigate while reading at bedtime, but well worth it. One of the main things I liked about this book was the character development of the two adolescents in Vegas. They are left on their own without supervision while their "parents" are off gambling or involved in their unsavory activities. The boys take drugs, skip school, don't eat or eat leftover takeout food they find. Theo is dealing with grief, guilt and having to adjust to living with his father, who has only taken him in in order to access funds he believes Theo will be inheriting. Boris, the immigrant boy who has befriended Theo, has grown up exposed to violence and neglect. Boris's alcoholic, criminal father leaves him to fend for himself while he is away working or in an alcoholic stupor. This book touched me as a parent and a teacher- who hasn't known those kids who are slipping through the cracks through no fault of their own and end up on the street or involved in criminal activity. It's a long book, but I couldn't put it down- I could go on ....
Date published: 2015-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Story but Dragged in Spots Overall a good story but I felt the middle part in Las Vegas really dragged, the book could have been shorten as well since it was pushing 1000 pages and I think the story would have flowed better.
Date published: 2015-05-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my favorite The first chapters are interested. After the novel gets into a slow narration.
Date published: 2015-05-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh Bloated but interested.
Date published: 2015-05-14

Editorial Reviews

"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