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.
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"Moving and thoughtful"
I deliberately didn't read the blurb of this book before purchase; I chose to trust to the reviews (so no expectations).
I loved the delicate way the author puts through her points and counterpoints to arguments on life and love (and how to deal with loss of each) with the voices of her protagonists. The story itself was almost used to demonstrate the characters' commitment to their own views. The views themselves were shaped by the way life has mistreated them.
Some of the points were hammered home several times by various voices that seemed a little out of character at times. Also I got the feeling that the author was trying to persuade me that (from a certain viewpoint) substance usage was an acceptable (albeit destructive) life choice.
There was a lot of melancholy throughout; the author pushes the point home that life is not all roses and these low points make the happy times that much sweeter.
Certainly an entertaining read (and one out of my comfort zone of silly sci-fi nonsense).
"Superb narrator of an interesting story"
I have read this book, and it has been my least favourite of Tartt's novels. However, the audio version brought it alive, in ways I could not.
The narrators character voices were excellent, and his characterisation of Theo just perfect.
"Long but pretty enjoyable story"
Narrator was excellent, really enjoyed his work. Brought the story to life. Enjoyed the book too but I think it was a little too long.
This was over long and rather one-dimensional.
Some interesting characterisation and a good plot but the same or more might have been achieved with 1/3 of the words.
Sad, endeering, compelling
Boris, he was always right, all the way through, yes he was a bad boy but he had even less good luck than Theo.
Hobie, what a gent and a beautiful man
too long for that but yes, I was stuck between wanting to finish it and hoping that it wouldn never end. Although it went a bit "catcher in the rye" a bit in Vegas and I had to re-warm to Theo.
I think I would struggle to physically read this book unless I was on a really quiet beach holiday as it would require patience and persistance, which is less necessary when someone is reading it to you and doing the accents better than I could ever hope to!
"A beautiful immersive book"
Listen to this book if you want an immersive and thought provoking, utterly moving adventure.
"Great story of a child growing up in modern times"
Narrator was great, I liked the voice of Boris especially. It's a wonderful long story, unfortunately with a bit of a naval gazing, procrastinating ending
"Complex, well written, but sometimes a little lost"
Donna Tartt is undoubtably a fantastic writer. The novel immediately captures the imagination and I found myself thoroughbred engrossed with the main characters. Many view the book to be too long, and initially I disagreed with this notion. I was happy to listen to slightly long and indulgent passages of philosophy and hedonism as I was so invested in the story and they were well written. However, I felt the ending failed to deliver what a reader or listener deserved after such a long journey with the story. Altogether I would recommend the book, but with the caveat to not expect a fairytale ending or an author afraid of challenging a reader's expectations
"Monologue after monologue"
To start with I loved the descriptive text and the excellent writing and story line, along with the excellent telling by David Pittu. However as the book goes (and on) the characters become unconvincing, conversations are just monologues, and the constant use of similes and metaphors (and I mean constant) start to get very waring. It got so bad that I was (out loud) saying 'Just get on with it!', and huffing and blowing while listening. Great book that I think is spoiled by the author being too long winded and repetitive ALL THE TIME!
Narrator was amazing, brought all the characters to life. The story so thought provoking and made the listener look inward. Highly recommend this !!!
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