I think maybe those readers who found Theo two dimensional have no personal insight into how it feels to suffer from PTSD. If you did not read the book, you will most likely be confused and bored throughout. The Goldfinch by Author Donna Tartt has been reviewed by Focus on the Family’s marriage and parenting magazine. Basil E. Frankweiler, both books that have a special place in my heart.Half way through the story I felt disturbed by the unremitting detail of drug use and general fall into depravity and despair experienced by the majority of the main characters. I am retired and have the time to read and assimilate the story at a leisurely pace, so the length was not detrimental for me. But most of the time the book I'm reading is a dull throb beneath my fingers, a soft hum behind my eyes, a lovely way to spend a bit of time in between things as I meander through my life. Basil E. Frankweiler, both books that have a special place in my heart.Half way through the story I felt disturbed by the unremitting detail of drug use and general fall into depravity and despair experienced by the majority of the main characters. Sometimes I wanted to praise it. Dark themes prevail throughout the novel as protagonist Theo Decker … As a playwright, especially appreciated the infinite amount of detail in each character's "doings;" almost like watching a play. I suppose it all comes down to what you are willing to tolerate in a novel. As a playwright, especially appreciated the infinite amount of detail in each character's "doings;" almost like watching a play. Donna Tartt is an excellent writer. I am a READER, right? Abused orphans; see also: the ineptitude of civil servants. I was gettingantsy for a book that was different from the usual "best sellers". And how is it he never, ever thinks of sex?) I seem to be a minority opinion here, but there you have it. The Goldfinch felt messy, poorly paced, and indicative of having been based on a book that I fear may also bore me now that the film has spoiled the bulk of its plot developments. Disappointed that the ending dragged a bit. To see what your friends thought of this book, The descriptions you don't seem to appreciate are what make this book brilliant. Start by marking “The Goldfinch” as Want to Read: Error rating book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. The characters were all drawn realistically and with all their flaws (with the possible exception of Hobie who was a lovable sweetheart!) A site dedicated to book lovers providing a forum to discover and share commentary about the books and authors they enjoy. He does exacerbate the problems sometimes through his own choices but he is a teen at the start of the book. An great book that i just had to finish. Wordiness. This was one of those books that had me vacillating from love to hate. Every other character I've encountered so far is as flat as the paper its printed on. The book was a weighty corundum with a pretty bow tied at the end. All in all, a sophisticated, well-crafted tale. Great, sprawling, epic, filled with memorable characters and such a strong sense of place. The final 5% of the book then beats. His one girl, Pippa, is smart not to let him make her into mother. So listen. Theo Decker does not ring true. I think the point could have been made more quickly. Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is favourite to win the Baileys women's prize for fiction and is already tipped for the Booker. At each stop, he manages to develop relationships with characters that help him get through the stages of his life. It is a long, harrowing read but the descriptions, characters and plot carry you along. This could have been a good book. Theo Decker does not ring true. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Interesting that a number of those in the reading group had already read it and wanted to read it again – even though it’s 770 pages long. His Soviet-flavoured lectures on the virtues of stealing only from faceless corporations make him sound like he's fifty. The only thing well done in this book is the description of paintings and what the. Watching the film adaptation of The Goldfinch this month was like watching a cat scratch at the rug and a dog poop on it. Never have I gone into a book this blind and still felt like it wasn't what I expected... reading this book is the very definition of being ‘a labour of love.’. Adult contemporary fiction. The protagonist, Theo is also our narrator and is fairly reliable as he doesn't hold anything back - even his own many faults. Whaaaaat? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The plot and premise strain credibility but as an escapist novel, it would be a good choice for reading on a long plane trip with long delays or layovers or if trapped at home during a days-long ice storm. The Goldfinch was the book to read last year, so I didn't read it. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of. I answer for you already and say no! I do remember sitting up all night in 1992 reading The Secret H. This was a huge disappointment for me. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Content includes books from bestselling, midlist and debut authors. I wish I had the all the time on the earth to full concentrate on this story. 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. During the last 3rd of the book I really had a hard time putting it down. The ending had me feeling overdosed in "cosmic truths," but giv. Ever. Reading THE GOLDFINCH reminded me of how I read as a girl: with total abandon, total immersion. I did listen to some of this on Audio and was happy I did because the voices were fabulous. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. I am so glad that this book came to my bookshelf now. In the ensuing chaos, Theo escapes with his mother's favorite painting, The Goldfinch, a priceless Dutch masterpiece that becomes Theo's secret treasure and also the albatross around his neck. DeLillo, Franzen, Foster Wallace, Pynchon, Mailer, all kneel there, bloodied and shorn like Goya etchings, John Bobbitts by any other name, weak and utterly defeated. Does not mean cannot enjoy life. Tartt has the knack of weaving a very complicated story in such a way that it really is easy to follow and a joy to behold. "Most" being the operative word. Throughout the book he's caught in a limbo-like situation somewhere between the privileged rich and the homeless. I suppose it all comes down to what you are willing to tolerate in a novel. In this ritual castration of the ‘opus’ Tartt has managed to completely free it from all its ills. Secret History a much better book in my humble opinion. However, while details can be essential to a character's development and/or of those interacting with the central character, there were way too many pages of unnecessary information and I found myself skimming pages at times. Very heavy, not that The Idiot was not 656 pages, so not length I am afraid of. Reading THE GOLDFINCH reminded me of how I read as a girl: with total abandon, total immersion. Ansel Elgort in the Goldfinch. I would haven given it 5 stars but although I loved every page of it, it was a lot of pages. New York, Las Vegas, museums, music, antique furniture and the whole idea of "beauty" and serendipity will be never be the same. Why this book: Selected by my literature reading group. Expert Book Reviews provides reviews of today’s hottest novels. The writing is superb and the turns that Theo's life has to navigate are each filled with their own turbulence. And why doesn't The. I enjoyed the characters and the ending - but there was 20 pages after the "ending" that just drug on and on. If you are reading this, asking yourself, should I read this book which is 771 pages? Other times I wanted to abandon it. Very tough for me to get interested at first and incredibly depressing, yet the creation of characters and conversations was amazing. Also, I believe when the last few pages of a book are given over to more or less explaining what the book was about, and what the protagonist felt, then the author has in some ways failed. Yes, there were few missteps: Theo never sounded like a teen-aged boy (what 14 year old knows the brand of his mother's shampoo? And these characters are SO well-developed. Good read, but about 150 pages too long. A very interesting plot, and awesome development of characters...however I thought the book was too long. I'm about a third of the way through and dislike Theo so much that I can't finish the book. The final 5% of the book then beats you over the head with lessons that you should have learned if you were as smart as the author. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Theo's dad: Bad Parent,only cares about money. Tartt proves that the Dickensian novel—expansive and bursting with incident—is alive and well. Having said that, I was not so enraptured with this book as I expected to be. There were two points in the novel where I had to put it down and have an emotional "rest"! There is no question that this is a beautifully written book. Very heavy, not that The Idiot was not 656 pages, so not length I am afraid of. He doesn't SOUND like a boy, for a start, and I'm hard-pressed to believe a thirteen-year old reads and understands the likes of Chekov, Thoreau and Emmerson. I also agree with other reviewers in that it may have been more effective to weave in some of the philosophical musings throughout the story instead of back-loading the end of the novel with Deep Thoughts. The painting actually plays a very background position over most of the narrative and only comes centerstage again at the end of the book. She shared an. The Goldfinch Book Review. All the time bad things. but still these things are minor compared with the towering achievement of this book. If i wanted detective thriller i would have read James bond, if i wanted drug abuse history i would have read prescriptions, and if i wanted philosophy i would gave read the geeta. And isn’t the whole point of things—beautiful things—that they connect you to some larger beauty?”, National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee for Fiction (2013), Australian Book Industry Award (ABIA) Nominee for International Book (2014), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fiction (2013). If I was my good friend Theodore Decker and could not enjoy life at all I would do better job at killing self. Running time: 2 hours 29 minutes. It is unconvincing on so many levels. Way to long for the point it was trying to make. not to call myself out but I’m at the point in my life where reading books before the movie comes out qualifies as being productive. The next 20% is just like the previous 75% - Theo making bad decisions and being a bystander to real stories. 'How to Fail at Flirting'? We meet many fascinating characters: notably Boris. The Goldfinch review: a dithering, arduous shredding of Donna Tartt's doorstep novel 2. I wondered if maybe the author was being paid by the word? I was excited to keep on reading to see where it all ended up, but once things move to Las Vegas the story takes a seriously wrong turn. I found the characters in this tedious opus one-dimensional and unpleasant. Totally believable despite being far from what I've experienced. I loved the ending and the musing about truth and beauty. A lot of reviewers have called this book "Dickensian." The next 20% is just like the previous 75% - Theo making bad decisions and being a bystander to real stories. I want to read her earlier work! And, with only one novel since, our appetite for a new Tartt remains lusty. This was an exciting book and despite being nearly 900 pages long, was quite a page-turner. So well written, and far too complex for me to go into detail about the storyline. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. As I read the reviews I am fascinated by the fact that I agree with aspects of many of them, whether they rate the book one, two, three, or even four stars. Happily I corrected that over the last few weeks! I am retired and have the time to read and assimilate the story at a leisurely pace, so the length was not detrimental for me. If you are an avid reader, The Goldfinch is the kind of book that you only come across a few times that leaves a lasting impression on you. Hoping against hope that some light will finally seep into Theo's life, I persevered. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. A fantastic book. goldfinch.JPG "The Goldfinch" won the Pulitzer Prize in April -- which infuriated some critics. It will completely blow you away." In this ritual castration of the ‘opus’ Tartt has managed to completely free it from all its ills. The only thing well done in this book is the description of paintings and what they mean, and if everything else was cut out i might have liked this book. That said, I was totally engaged from the novel's start and found the tale so suspenseful that, once I started to read it, I barely did anything else for three days, until I finished the book. We’d love your help. If i wanted lost teenage, i would have read catcher in the rye. A lot of descriptions that really slowed down the reading. Save ... it was by far the most love-it-or-hate-it book of her career to date. The characterisation was the standout feature for me, the young boy, Theo Decker, who loses his mother and with her, his moral compass and differing paths that his life may have otherwise taken. The scope, the shape, the palpable sense of longing--all haunting. Very honest. I found Tartt's writing to be at times quite lovely, but I got the feeling she is a little too enamored with her own skill. As I read the reviews I am fascinated by the fact that I agree with aspects of many of them, whether they rate the book one, two, three, or even four stars. Even though I am very important character I must tell you, not worth your time to read this. Yes, I’m three years behind in my reading (at least). That's true friendship, I guess. According to best-selling phenomenon Stephen King, who reviewed it for The New York Times Book Review, “ ‘The Goldfinch’ is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a … By day I sat on the foot of the bed straining to puzzle out the Dutch-language news on television (… The Goldfinch didn't let me down either. The scope, the shape, the palpable sense of longing--all haunting. Happily I corrected that over the last few weeks! The story follows Theo into adulthood, through a s. Adult contemporary fiction. DeLillo, Franzen, Foster Wallace, Pynchon, Mailer, all kneel there, bloodied and shorn like Goya etchings, John Bobbitts by any other name, weak and utterly defeated. The ending had me feeling overdosed in "cosmic truths," but given the to-hell-and-back journey of the characters, can be understood. Parts of it I loved. THIS IS NOT THE NOVEL, BUT A BOOK REVIEW. I am halfway through this pretentious, nonsensical, self-indulgent, ridiculous THING, and I'm only forcing myself to finish because I paid $40 for this monstrosity. Expert Book Reviews is an imprint of BookScribed, an independent digital learning company with a mission to bring the joy of reading and insightful discussion of great literature to readers everywhere. It was very, very (unnecessarily. While the world has been transformed over the past decade, one of the most remarkable qualities of “The Goldfinch” is that it arrives singed with 9/11 terror but redolent of a 19th-century novel. I think I'll have to reread it shortly to appreciate the beautiful prose and descriptions as I devoured the story line, desperate to know what happened to these fascinating, damaged people. Not to say is not masterpiece to some people but why spend money on this misery. Perhaps you would like the Twilight series. Donna Tartt is an American writer who received critical acclaim for her first two novels, “I had the epiphany that laughter was light, and light was laughter, and that this was the secret of the universe.”, “Caring too much for objects can destroy you. Very honest. The book and film pivot … The external narrative is on the fate of the painting The Goldfinch by Fabritius (about which we learn its own turbulent history and extreme genius throughout the narrative) following the explosion on page 34 and how this impacted Theo's life. But no, it has to combine everything and make leaps of logic which make no sense, and by the end i have no idea what its central theme is. The author really did a tremendous amount of research. While I was still in Amsterdam, I dreamed about my mother for the first time in years. Read Matt Goldberg's The Goldfinch review; John Crowley's movie stars Ansel Elgort, Oakes Fegley, Jeffrey Wright, Nicole Kidman, and Luke Wilson. And Boris . Cannot all own masterpiece. Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is favourite to win the Baileys women's prize for fiction and is already tipped for the Booker. It has no idea wat it's about. The last chapter is a marvel in itself. I am halfway through this pretentious, nonsensical, self-indulgent, ridiculous THING, and I'm only forcing myself to finish because I paid $40 for this monstrosity. He doesn't SOUND like a boy, for a start, and I'm hard-pressed to believe a thirteen-year old reads and understands the likes of Chekov, Thoreau and Emmerson. THIS IS NOT THE NOVEL, BUT A BOOK REVIEW. "― It begins with a boy. The Goldfinch. There were moments that I. It begins with a boy. We’d love your help. I am surprised to see the novel described as "dense." Why did Theo take the painting of the goldfinch from the museum? OH MY GAWD! I was excited to keep on reading to see where it all ended up, but once things move to Las Vegas the story takes a seriously wrong turn. I found Tartt's writing to be at times quite lovely, but I got the feeling she is a little too enamored with her own skill. Pulitzer prize winner and all, i was pretty excited, and sorely disappointed. There is humor throughout all his banter with Boris and there relationship is really what endeared my interest . Theo Decker’s mother is killed in a bombing that rocks the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Theo, unharmed, escapes with a valuable painting called The Goldfinch. The characters are so well described by Ms Tartt, one could even compare her writing in some aspects to Dickens. More like bloated--with lots of pretty fluff. Yes he makes poor choices, but what were his role models? The only thing that prevented me from rating this book 5 stars is that (as other reviewers have pointed out) it could have benefited from a tight edit. This was the wordiest book I have ever read. This dragged it on too much for me. It questions and examines the themes that are of Greek Dramas are beautifully examined. That said, there were points where I was amazed (and annoyed) that Theo didn't flat out tell Boris that he was full of BS. I would haven given it 5 stars but although I loved every page of it, it was a lot of pages. Attention to class/social status. The characters in this book are so vividly portrayed it is quite possible you will never forget them. A little picture of a bird drives this sumptuously furnished novel. Too wordy in parts that made it a bit tedious to continue. I am surprised to see the novel described as "dense." My interest waned with every life intervention that Theo experienced and I found these heavy and contrived. Donna Tartt's latest novel has left this reader relatively unimpressed, especially considering the fact that she's author of, Donna Tartt is one of America’s greatest living male writers. A shambling plot that spans a lot of time. See all 148 questions about The Goldfinch…, New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2013 (fiction and nonfiction), The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (December 2020), 2020 Yearly Read: THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt, Something about the theft of the painting. . Because of this story I will never forget Carel Fabritius' 1654, work of art. The contrast between NY and Las Vegas with their cast of characters was sharp and believable. I am so glad that this book came to my bookshelf now. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Why so much description and fuzzy thoughts? So descriptive. The external narrative is on the fate of the painting The Goldfinch by Fabritius (about which we learn its own turbulent history and extreme ge. and i don't want to be all gloaty-gus for those of you who still have to wait three whole months to get your hands on a copy, but i will say, in brief, that it is worth waiting for. The Goldfinch is great at luxurious aesthetic hedonism, and that’s an enormous part of what makes it so immersive. Because it was on the depressing side, I felt like I was slogging through it at times. The novel is part coming-of-age story, part mystery, part rumination on the value of a human life versus the value of art. (Okay to read beginning, some middle, end) but if was me, better to be having a pop than all the time reading about depressed guy who wastes so many good drugs. In the ensuing chaos, Theo escapes with his mother's favorite painting, The Goldfinch, a priceless Dutch masterpiece that becomes Theo's secret treasure and also the albatross around his neck. It is a long, harrowing read but the descriptions, characters and plot carry you along. Outstanding story of the coming of age of a good kid who is forced to find his way in the world due to a series of tragic events. Read The Goldfinch reviews from parents on Common Sense Media. Or gullibility. OMG! The book is short on characterization—this is Atwood, never a warm writer, at her steeliest—and long on cynicism—it's got none of the human credibility of a work such as Walker Percy's Love In The Ruins. The opening New York sections were excellent, the description of the museum bombing and the whole Mansfield Park thing Tartt has going with Theo and the Barbour family, all of this works beautifully. Tartt needed an editor to cut out a lot of the repetitive detail (Like several other reviewers, I too found myself page skimming -- sometimes the detail is fascinating, oftentimes it's unnecessary and just slows down the story.) It's about loss and grief and loyalty. Worth reading, pondering, discussing--and reading again. The words truly paint the picture for you. Never have I been so conflicted about a book. If you don't enjoy brilliant writing, perhaps you should try something less complicated. To see what your friends thought of this book, Abused orphans; see also: the ineptitude of civil servants. If i wanted lost teenage, i would have read catcher in the rye. Welcome back. okay. "― In book we none of us have mother. Throughout the book he's caught in a limbo-like situation somewhere between the privileged rich and the homeless. I seem to be a minority opinion here, but there you have it. 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 unbearable longing for his mothe. Does anyone else agree with me? I am very conflicted about this book because I really got into the character of Theo and his troubled life. I took nearly fifteen days to finish this book. So as someone else said, Donna Tartt writes very well - I just don't like what she wrote. The Goldfinch was the book to read last year, so I didn't read it. The themes explored are timeless. 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