Winner of the Pulitzer Prize For Fiction 2014
Longlisted – Baileys Women’s Prize 2014
Audie Award Finalist, Literary Fiction, 2013
Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.
As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love - and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.
The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power. Combining unforgettably vivid characters and thrilling suspense, it is a beautiful, addictive triumph - a sweeping story of loss and obsession, of survival and self-invention, of the deepest mysteries of love, identity and fate.
©2013 Tay Ltd (P)2013 Hachette Audio
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"Far too slow moving for me."
I know loads of people adore this book and Donna Tartt fans will love it. However, I found the descriptions weighed down the book and took any pace and urgency out of it. The narrator went on constant mind meanders, thinking about this and thinking about that before he got to the point. I was intrigued by the premise of the story and the tension was set up well at the beginning of the book, but forward motion was so slow in terms of moving the plot forwards. I didn't particularly enjoy Tartt's writing, as in, I wasn't content to listen to her write and write about all sorts before she got to the point of her story, so I abandoned ship and didn't finish it.
"Excellent story but very very long"
The story was good but much too long. Tons of description so that you get weighed down by it.
from start to finish, riveting
reader was brilliant.
and wildly enjoyable!
A review needs at least 20 words but I don't want to add any more, sorry. oh one more thing: David pittu is the most brilliant reader ever.
"Very cool book"
Loved it so much I was going to bed so late I couldn't stop listening. Very exciting story - I'm hoping they make a film
"Beautifully written but far too long."
I can't comment as I have not read a printed version.
The most interesting part is the relationship between lead character Theo, and his relationship with best friend Boris.
The least interesting is the length of some of the chapters in the book that don't seem to add anything additional to the storyline.
David Pittu is a fantastic narrator, I may have given up halfway through if I was reading the book. He adds to the tension of scenes and brings emotion to the more harrowing scenes. He even adds humour, I'm not sure I would have picked this up if I had been reading it.
There are some serious lie changing events that happen in the life of lead character Theo, without ruining it for those that have not read or listened emotional turmoil features fairly frequently.
This book is simply too long. Some of the chapters are unnecessary in my opinion. A beautifully descriptive, original story that drags on in many places. The start of the story is brilliant, I feel it loses steam towards the end.
"A coming of age masterpiece"
The Goldfinch is a difficult book to classify, whether it is entirely a novel about coming of age or whether it is a book about the various regrets that we all suffer in life, crime, drugs, it's a melange of all of these things but principally it is about coming of age.
The protagonist Theo starts as an every-man sort of adolescent who over the course of the novel is shaped by his actions and the people he meets. Whether he is with the Russian delinquent Boris who introduces him to crime and drink and drugs, to the peaceful and loveable Hobie who takes him in.
This novel is narrated beautifully. The narrator is very careful in how he speaks as different characters and being able to convincingly change from accent to accent is a rare talent with audiobooks. This story is VERY long and a massive commitment in time but certainly well worth it as well. Highly recommended.
Acknowledging that I love antiques, the way "old things" are described by the author made my mouth water. A delight.
"We don't get to choose who we are." The nihilism is stark in this book but also in this I find something worthwhile. Curious isn't it? Like a self contradictory enquiry. I like this book.
"It is a glory and privilege to love what death has not touched."
If you didn't enjoy Dave Eggers' 'heartbreaking work of staggering genius,' you won't like this one.
Now up there in my top 10 of all time. I loved it. Great story, great characters and a real intimate story telling. Narrator was best I've heard too.
"Narrator was excellent, story much less so"
I really wanted to enjoy this and indeed did enjoy the first chapters but after a very sudden leap forward on time I just began to find the book really dull and repetitive. I forced myself to listen to the end but it was an effort. Such a shame, I really enjoyed The Secret History.
"Good book. Has its moments."
Good story, but I struggled with the philosophies of Theo and Boris - a bit too much from youngsters.
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