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Publisher's Summary

Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Goldfinch, expertly weaves through the intricacies of the antique art world through the eyes of its main character, Theo Decker.

Theo survives his mother in a world-shattering Metropolitan Museum bombing and is thrown into life as an adult with a mysterious painting by his side.

This summary includes the following items:

  • Short chapter summaries
  • A detailed list of all major and minor characters in the story
  • An analysis of major themes
  • A discussion about writing style and structure
  • A list of quotes from the story for discussion and analysis
  • A brief overview of the history of art presented in the novel

Disclaimer: This text serves as a companion and guide to the best-seller The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. It will help to broaden the listener's understanding of the book, and highlight insights that might otherwise be overlooked. As this is a companion volume, you'll want to have a copy of the actual book on hand before listening to this.

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The detail is particularly worthy when works of art are described. Art history geeks will be in heaven (I was!) but it's pretty easy to find Tartt's references online--I know, because there were a bunch I had to look up. I suggest finding a good picture of The Goldfinch to look at before listening, too--there were places where I wished I had done that myself.

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Plenty of novels that offer great truths about the world are rewarding to read, but unfortunately dry as dust. Reviews for The Goldfinch mention its many themes and messages--consequently I was a little nervous putting it in my cart, especially after I read some of the reviews of the narrator.

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Must listen to this book

The book was amazing and Will did a great job listening to it :)
I want to listen to this book.

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perfect guide

I thoroughly enjoyed this guide and I am happy to have it for answers to my various demand with another working system.

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highly suggested

Wonderful book! Please keep writing great writings. We will all enjoy. Thank you for allowing me to listen to your books. Highly suggested.

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Informative book

The story is told in first-person and the narrator did an excellent job, while distinctly voicing other characters to indicate dialog.

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very well written

In the Goldfinch, Theo Rekker. the protagonist narrowly escapes a terrorist attack at 13 years old that takes the lives of many, including his mother. Since she has been his guardian parent, he is now at the mercy of others. From seconds after the incident, he meets extraordinary people that form his life over the next 14 years.

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super book

I think the best way to describe this book would be a present day Oliver Twist or Great Expectations. Tartt writes the male perspective extremely well and seems to grow right along with the protagonist. One of my parents died when I was thirteen years old. This book brought similar thoughts and feelings that I had at that age that I had forgotten. The author, if not orphaned herself, is extremely intuitive.

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Works best

The Goldfinch is well worth the time investment that it takes to complete this book. It's truly entertaining and brilliantly written. I was instantly captivated while I ebbed and flowed right along with Tartt's work.

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Amazing

The main characters are BIG - in personality, flaws, strengths - and enormously engaging. I adored Theo, Boris, and Hobie and have loved having them live at my house while I was listening. There's a sense of loss now that they're gone.