Having said that, I was not so enraptured with this book as I expected to be. Theo makes a lot of poor choices - unfortunately his father's sleazy girlfriend Xandra was right that he is far more like his father than he is willing to admit and yet in some of the best passages in the book, towards the end where Boris talks about Dosto's The Idiot: Update again: Thoughts on the movie: (opened today in our area) >>> just saw it! The writing is evocative yet accessible. So, let's dive right in. His self indulgent musings were too much for me. Am I reading a different book from all of you people giving this five stars? The Goldfinch by Author Donna Tartt has been reviewed by Focus on the Family’s marriage and parenting magazine. Hobie: Dumbledore. Does not mean should make many people spend very much money on depressing book. It is difficult enough to get through daily life with support, but poor Theo is not wanted by his own family until there is something in it for them. If you are reading this, asking yourself, should I read this book which is 771 pages? Whilst Donna, looking like what Timothée Chalamet will eventually become, stands defiant, a bouquet of dicks in hand, laughing. Book review: The Goldfinch, By Donna Tartt. The final 5% of the book then beats. A lot of reviewers have called this book "Dickensian." Tartt proves that the Dickensian novel—expansive and bursting with incident—is alive and well. If you are wondering, should I read? Oh, to be walking in New York on a weekday morning...on your way to an overpriced diner breakfast...stopping in at the Met...seeing a gloriously well put together exhibit of Dutch art...staring at a painting that changes your life…maybe the museum explodes, who’s to say? All Tartt's characters seem very finely drawn in an almost microscopic way. ***NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE OUT ON SEPTEMBER 13TH, READ THE BOOK FIRST***. Very heavy, not that The Idiot was not 656 pages, so not length I am afraid of. We should surmise these things from the story and the author shouldn't have to point them out. But the scariness is visceral, a world that's like a dangerous and even fatal grid, an electrified fence. Readers' Most Anticipated Books of December. Am I reading a different book from all of you people giving this five stars? The Goldfinch review: A disastrous translation of Donna Tartt’s book to the big screen. I have read all Donna Tartt's books now and, for me, she is one of the best authors writing today. Very heavy, not that The Idiot was not 656 pages, so not length I am afraid of. The Goldfinch is great at luxurious aesthetic hedonism, and that’s an enormous part of what makes it so immersive. It wasn't perfect, and I enjoyed Secret History more, but I cannot give it any less than five stars. New York, Las Vegas, museums, music, antique furniture and the whole idea of "beauty" and serendipity will be never be the same. What a drip. 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. 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. 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. Very tough for me to get interested at first and incredibly depressing, yet the creation of characters and conversations was amazing. All the characters are so well developed. I would maybe read this if just 400 pages, as long as there would not be such long stretches without me. 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. Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is favourite to win the Baileys women's prize for fiction and is already tipped for the Booker. No. Great, sprawling, epic, filled with memorable characters and such a strong se. There were moments that I. 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. The story is brilliant but the book was very long and the author simply wrote too much. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – review. Warner Bros. Pictures and Amazon Studios I recently forced the five members of my book club to read The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt's 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. More like bloated--with lots of pretty fluff. So well written, and far too complex for me to go into detail about the storyline. I think I liked it, but I was so ready for it to end that it took away from my liking it too much. Start by marking “The Goldfinch: by Donna Tartt -- Review” as Want to Read: Error rating book. I have read all Donna Tartt's books now and, for me, she is one of the best authors writing today. My interest waned with every life intervention that Theo experienced and I found these heavy and contrived. I'm 75% of the way through this book and am really struggling with it. As a playwright, especially appreciated the infinite amount of detail in each character's "doings;" almost like watching a play. I do remember sitting up all night in 1992 reading The Secret History. This dragged it on too much for me. Mrs Barbour: aloof, icy Society Matron. Other times I wanted to abandon it. I was initially baffled by these claims that the book is poorly crafted, and that Wood went so far as to call it "children's literature." Good book but way too long! It's something I adore, but softly, passively, and often forgetfully—very nice while it's happening, but flitting away quickly after I'm on to the next. 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. 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. THIS IS NOT THE NOVEL, BUT A BOOK REVIEW. I made myself plow through to the end which I found completely unsatisfying. Nah, This Debut Romance Is a Steamy Success. All in all, a sophisticated, well-crafted tale. And why doesn't The. Why so much description and fuzzy thoughts? The ending had me feeling overdosed in "cosmic truths," but given the to-hell-and-back journey of the characters, can be understood. Start by marking “The Goldfinch” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Throughout the book he's caught in a limbo-like situation somewhere between the privileged rich and the homeless. I am one of best things in book, at least not all the time moody, gloomy and so stupid I do not not even look in package. 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. And these characters are SO well-developed. She has taken a form of novel - the doorstopper, the tome, the phonebook - and taken something away from it that is has often never been without: the penis. If you are reading this, asking yourself, should I read this book which is 771 pages? Donna Tartt is an excellent writer. Good read, but about 150 pages too long. There were two points in the novel where I had to put it down and have an emotional "rest"! But critic Maureen Corrigan says she'd gladly wait another 10 years for a book as extraordinary as Tartt's latest work, The Goldfinch, an "exuberantly plotted triumph." Way to long for the point it was trying to make. 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. It is unconvincing on so many levels. I suppose it all comes down to what you are willing to tolerate in a novel. I'm finding it incredibly drawn out for little reward - is it worth finishing? It questions and examines the themes that are of Greek Dramas are beautifully examined. 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. Theo's dad: Bad Parent,only cares about money. Only—if you care for a thing enough, it takes on a life of its own, doesn’t it? 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? On the other hand, I can also see how "big picture" reflections wouldn't/couldn't occur to Theo until he'd dried out somewhat and started on his path to atonement. Once we get past the characterisation, I found the story tedious at times and dare I say it (and yes, I have read Crime and Punishment in its entirety, so don't mind longer books), much too long. Plot Summary Theo Decker is an average 13-year-old living on the fringes of affluent society with his mother in New York City. At each stop, he manages to develop relationships with characters that help him get through the stages of his life. Tartt seems reluctant to accept that her book is set in the 21st century- even the laptop is locked away in his Dad's bedroom so emails are sparse- so why not set it in 1962 or somewhere more plausible? I am surprised to see the novel described as "dense." I enjoyed the characters and the ending - but there was 20 pages after the "ending" that just drug on and on. The protagonist, Theo is also our narrator and is fairly reliable as he doesn't hold anything back - even his own many faults. Even though I am very important character I must tell you, not worth your time to read this. Basic story line was good; however the main character Theo was a bore and 2 dimensional. 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. 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. 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. Whilst Donna, l. Donna Tartt is one of America’s greatest living male writers. A fantastic book. 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. The book and film pivot … I was amazed with her ability to write such vivid explanations of art. Dark themes prevail throughout the novel as protagonist Theo Decker … The characters are wonderfully evoked. And how is it he never, ever thinks of sex?) He does exacerbate the problems sometimes through his own choices but he is a teen at the start of the book. Or vulnerability. 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. Yes he makes poor choices, but what were his role models? I seem to be a minority opinion here, but there you have it. Expert Book Reviews provides reviews of today’s hottest novels. I answer for you already and say no! So well written, and far too complex for me to go into detail about the storyline. Even though I am very important character I must tell you, not. Pulitzer prize winner and all, i was pretty excited, and sorely disappointed. This was an exciting book and despite being nearly 900 pages long, was quite a page-turner. I found the characters in this tedious opus one-dimensional and unpleasant. So listen. Potter think he is only one lose mother. 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. 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.) If this is your first time with us, we've just gotten through the middle portion of The Goldfinch. 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. When Theo is making his (again, long and mysteriously uninterrupted) way out of the Met in the beginning, I knew right away I was in for a severely under-edited read, and suspension of disbelief of inordinate proportions would be called upon. At each stop, he manages to develop relationships with characters that help him get through the stages of his life. OH MY GAWD! 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. And Boris . 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. Bad things happen. One of the best books I have ever read. 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. It's about loss and grief and loyalty. "― Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Tartt immediately drew me into the story with her amazing descriptions and the moral dilemma she presents. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published So descriptive. It seemed like wanderings of the mind, with truly no point. The Goldfinch. The descriptions you don't seem to appreciate are what make this book brilliant. The protagonist, Theo is also our narrator and is fairly reliable as he doesn't hold anything back - even his own many faults. Dickensian Ambition … That's true friendship, I guess. The Goldfinch didn't let me down either. The author really did a tremendous amount of research. If i wanted lost teenage, i would have read catcher in the rye. She sets up lighting, background noise, how the person is feeling (and how he thinks he should be feeling, and a literary example of that feeling...) to such a degree that, just when you are wondering if the book ever had an editor, things take a delicious turn. Pulitzer prize winner and all, i was pretty excited, and sorely disappointed. I generally liked the book and I'm glad I read it. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. 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. It was very, very (unnecessarily. The scope, the shape, the palpable sense of longing--all haunting. Content includes books from bestselling, midlist and debut authors. Reading THE GOLDFINCH reminded me of how I read as a girl: with total abandon, total immersion. 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. A little picture of a bird drives this sumptuously furnished novel. So as someone else said, Donna Tartt writes very well - I just don't like what she wrote. Tartt knows how to keep readers engaged with a compelling plot, yet the story is about much more than what happens to Theo and the painting. I was drawn in right away by the atmospheric description of New York and was reminded of The Catcher in the Rye as well as From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. In this ritual castration of the ‘opus’ Tartt has managed to completely free it from all its ills. 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. The story of a boy who loses a mother and gains a painting, Donna Tartt's long‑awaited third novel is an astonishing achievement. She has taken a form of novel - the doorstopper, the tome, the phonebook - and taken something away from it that is has often never been without: the penis. We’d love your help. Ever. Parts of it I hated. 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. And these characters are SO well-developed. The Goldfinch Book Review. Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is favourite to win the Baileys women's prize for fiction and is already tipped for the Booker. 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. I have never had to work so hard to finish a book, it could have easily been a 300 page novel. Now I understand why it won The Pulitzer. Reading THE GOLDFINCH reminded me of how I read as a girl: with total abandon, total immersion. There were moments that I wanted to abandon my read, and I did for a couple of weeks. goldfinch.JPG "The Goldfinch" won the Pulitzer Prize in April -- which infuriated some critics. Yes, I’m three years behind in my reading (at least). The characters were all drawn realistically and with all their flaws (with the possible exception of Hobie who was a lovable sweetheart!) 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, damage. Because it was on the depressing side, I felt like I was slogging through it at times. I loved this book. so i read it. Author interviews, book reviews and lively book commentary are found here. 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. The characters were all drawn realistically and with all their flaws (with the possible exception of Hobie who was a lovable sweetheart!) This delivered in spades. Read Matt Goldberg's The Goldfinch review; John Crowley's movie stars Ansel Elgort, Oakes Fegley, Jeffrey Wright, Nicole Kidman, and Luke Wilson. 'How to Fail at Flirting'? Worth reading, pondering, discussing--and reading again. Don't bother. I would haven given it 5 stars but although I loved every page of it, it was a lot of pages. I think the point could have been made more quickly. Their sentiment was echoed in De Telegraaf, which argues that The Goldfinch is a "rich, very readable novel", as well as in Financiele Dagblad ' s assessment that "Donna Tartt is an extraordinary writer and Het puttertje is a beautiful and rich novel." I took nearly fifteen days to finish this book. The characters in this book are so vividly portrayed it is quite possible you will never forget them. I, Boris, character in this book will give you honest opinion. It was very, very (unnecessarily, in my opinion) long, but it was the opposite of dense. It has no idea wat it's about. Boris is magnificent, Theo a lost soul and all the others pitch perfect too. We meet many fascinating characters: notably Boris. I wish I had the all the time on the earth to full concentrate on this story. The themes explored are timeless. The painting actually plays a very background position over most of the narrative and only comes centerstage again at the end of the book. Disappointed that the ending dragged a bit. 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. Also, I started to feel hungover just READING about Theo's and Boris's marathon drinking-and-drugging binges. The Goldfinch didn't let me down either. Not good without me. She sets up lighting, background noise, how the person is feeling (and how he thinks he should be feeling, and a literary example of that feeling...) to such a degree that, just when you are wondering if the book ever had an editor, things take a delicious turn. 212 reviews. But this is something else... Audible. "― Boris just made me laugh out loud. Review: ‘The Goldfinch’ Is a Stolen Opportunity The only achievement in transferring Donna Tartt’s ‘The Goldfinch’ from page to screen is that it’s a botch job for the ages. I was gettingantsy for a book that was different from the usual "best sellers". And why doesn't Theo have a cellphone? Tartt rambles on for page after page for no purpose that I could discern. 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. Boris just made me laugh out loud. The themes explored are timeless. Theo Decker does not ring true. The story follows Theo into adulthood, through a series of tragedies and misadventures, until at last, he must face the music in regards to the missing painting. 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. Running time: 2 hours 29 minutes. I was drawn in right away by the atmospheric description of New York and was reminded of The Catcher in the Rye as well as From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Hoping against hope that some light will finally seep into Theo's life, I persevered. Welcome back. If i wanted unrequited love i would have read the great gatsby. . The narration has an urgency that will prevent you from putting the book down between readings. Why this book: Selected by my literature reading group. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. 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. Exaggerated characters. I'd been shut up in my hotel for more than a week, afraid to telephone anybody or go out; and my heart scrambled and floundered at even the most innocent noises: elevator bell, rattle of the minibar cart, even church clocks tolling the hour, de Westertoren, Krijtberg, a dark edge to the clangor, an inwrought fairy-tale sense of doom. Potter needs me all the time. It's been compared to Oliver Twist and I can see why. It's a remarkable read. Attention to class/social status. A lot of descriptions that really slowed down the reading. OMG! This book has been widely acclaimed and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for literature. In, This was a huge disappointment for me. 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. I wondered if maybe the author was being paid by the word? Happily I corrected that over the last few weeks! 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. Why did Theo take the painting of the goldfinch from the museum? The Goldfinch is an unexpected book, in many ways. Theo Decker does not ring true. The novel is part coming-of-age story, part mystery, part rumination on the value of a human life versus the value of art. I'm not even half way yet and I'm wondering if I will be able to weather this ridiculously long book that keeps getting sidetracked by just about every teenage pothole you can think of. It wasn't perfect, and I enjoyed Secret History more, but I cannot give it any less than five stars. Even the positive reviews point out the very many flaws. 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. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Adult contemporary fiction. 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. I want to read her earlier work! Welcome back to the R29 Book Club! Sometimes I wanted to praise it. To see what your friends thought of this book, Abused orphans; see also: the ineptitude of civil servants. The story follows Theo into adulthood, through a s. Adult contemporary fiction. The writing is superb and the turns that Theo's life has to navigate are each filled with their own turbulence.
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