Audie Award Winner, Solo Narration - Male, 2014
Audie Award Winner, Literary Fiction, 2014
The author of the classic best-sellers The Secret History and The Little Friend returns with a brilliant, highly anticipated new novel.
Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity.
It begins with a boy. 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 unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to 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 novel of shocking narrative energy and power. It combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher's calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is a beautiful, 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.
©2013 Donna Tartt (P)2013 Hachette Audio
Narrator David Pittu accepts the task of turning this immense volume into an excellent listening experience. Pittu portrays 13-year-old orphan Theo Decker with compassion, portraying his growing maturity in this story of grief and suspense…Pittu adds pathos to his depiction of the troubled Theo as he deals with addiction and finds himself in a dance with gangsters and the art world's darker dealers. (AudioFile)
"Dazzling....[A] glorious, Dickensian novel, a novel that pulls together all Ms. Tartt's remarkable storytelling talents into a rapturous, symphonic whole and reminds the reader of the immersive, stay-up-all-night pleasures of reading." (New York Times)
"A long-awaited, elegant meditation on love, memory, and the haunting power of art....Eloquent and assured, with memorable characters....A standout-and well-worth the wait." (Kirkus, Starred Review)
Like life, one must read the whole book to truly appreciate the last chapter ~ and the wisdom of the last chapter depends upon all that came before it. And, though the story and plot stands quite fascinating in its own right; it is the last chapter that is a must read for anyone interested in loving, laughing, living and trying to make sense of it all. A modern classic!
I listened to this book but also followed along in the hard copy of the book.
This was the most dark and depressing books I have ever read. If I hadn't been reading it for book club, I would have put down and not picked it back up. This was 771 pages of almost torture. Just when you think nothing else can go wrong in Theo's life, another catastrophe happens.
It is beyond me why this book won a Pulitzer Prize and was on the best sellers list.
I've never been so happy to finish something in my life.
I would recommend not to even pick this book up.
The story was good. Sometimes a little too unhappy story. But overall a very good book
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Such a great book. I enjoyed it from the first sentence to the last. I can't wait to read her other books.
Well, it took me almost 6 months to finish this "masterpiece." I kept shutting it off in frustration after having to listen to Tartt once again describe her main character's drugged out haze. But I did it! I finished! I want some sort of award because that was such a slog. I know so many people that haven't finished this book that I feel as if I'm the lone survivor of a plane crash!
I love well written books and moving narrators! I am a realism SCI-FI buff. I find non-mushy romance intertwined in a story appealing.
The narrator was excellent absolutely fantastic! The story was full of drugs and intrigue and art and told compassionately and I enjoyed it very much.
I love the characters in this book, the plot line and how everything is threaded together at the end. Theo is very real to me, like someone I know in real life. As long (and sometimes dragging) as the book is, I will miss Theo.
Theo Decker is the perfect character in search of self, meaning, identity, love and values. The book is lengthy, taking us through life from tragedy to self revelation and redemption. Writing is well honed, narration is amazing, characters fleshed out to the point of embrace.
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