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The Goldfinch

Tartt, Donna (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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"A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend's family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld."--
Authors: Tartt, Donna
Title: The goldfinch
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2013
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 771 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: "A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend's family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld."--
ISBN: 0316242373
9780316242370
0316055433
9780316055437
Branch Call Number: FIC TARTT 2013
Statement of Responsibility: Donna Tartt
Subject Headings: New York (N.Y.) Fiction Self-realization Fiction Artists Fiction Loss (Psychology) Fiction Young men Fiction
Genre/Form: Suspense fiction
Bildungsromans
Topical Term: Self-realization
Artists
Loss (Psychology)
Young men
LCCN: 2013028907
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Oct 24, 2014
  • sharon711 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Goldfinch is the best story I've read since Owen Meany! Richly satisfying, totally compelling, this novel held me in its grip through all 771 pages.
Tartt's detail took me into worlds I never knew existed. Her characters helped me understand the many ways that art, beauty and love exert their hold on people, She also delves into problems such as PTSD and addictions like drugs, alcohol, sex, and gambling. Don't be put off by the novel's length. Every page delivers pure entertainment and provoking ideas.

Oct 24, 2014
  • sharon711 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Goldfinch is the best story I've read since Owen Meany! Richly satisfying, totally compelling, this novel held me in its grip through all 771 pages.
Tartt's detail took me into worlds I never knew existed. Her characters helped me understand the many ways that art, beauty and love exert their hold on people, She also delves into problems such as PTSD and addictions like drugs, alcohol, sex, and gambling. Don't be put off by the novel's length. Every page delivers pure entertainment and provoking ideas.

Oct 22, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_KenMc rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Like the painting from which it takes its title, Tartt's new novel shines with a luminescence that will undoubtedly last down the generations. This is sure to be her masterpiece, a huge complex work that unwinds with the steadiness of a ticking clock. It begins with an explosion--a moment in time that forever alters and determines the course of events for the book's very damaged protagonist. The unwinding of events that follows is best described by a brief clip of dialogue from near the end of the novel: "I think this goes more to the idea of 'relentless irony' than 'divine providence.'" "Yes--but why give it a name? Can't they both be the same thing?"

Oct 09, 2014
  • kajerboadway rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was a fantastic book. Interesting and varied throughout, the author did a really great job. I tore through it. The last 30-40 pages are a meandering philosophical wrap up I could have done without, but that's just a minor negative. Read it!

Oct 08, 2014
  • MarioEnriqueRiosPinot rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I found this novel readable. Though it is a long read I could not put it down, which of course is a good thing. I'm thinking of reading her other novels. Thanks.

Sep 28, 2014
  • bookwormjeph rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

While waiting to receive this novel I read quite a few reviews that gave differing opinions ( as it should), and one or two caused me to think I read a completely different novel. It had been described as dense, complex, overly long. With these comments in mind I did have a slight sense of hesitation before I started. That was dispelled before I had read two chapters. It is a great rollicking story of Theo Decker as he looks back on his early life and a major tragedy that influenced and affected him right up to the present day narrative. I found I could not put it down and read most of it over the weekend- and at nearly 800 pages house chores were basically neglected. It is easy to follow, lots of of interesting, and at times annoying characters, but they all play there part in the overall theme as it is weaved together.
Well worth the wait and I was more than rewarded for the time and effort in reading it.

Sep 04, 2014
  • TracyGuza rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is like several books, all equally compelling. Characters like Boris and Hobie are richly drawn. I was casting the movie in my head, but fear it would be too long to watch.

Aug 27, 2014
  • cfuda rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I don't know why everyone is badmouthing this book. I thought it was fantastic. I got it as a quick pick at the library thinking oh I'm not gonna finish this in a week. But I did. Couldn't put it down. Great story of a uniquely lonely life but finding family and love in the weirdest places.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: "A young boy is caught up in a terrorist bombing in a New York museum. From the blast, the famous painting "The Goldfinch" becomes part of his life and tribulations. An epic novel with some wonderful descriptions, especially of his early boyhood."

Aug 24, 2014
  • katmilr rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Ms. Tart: HIRE AN EDITOR!!
This book was overwritten, boring, & tedious. The beginning starts out great but then loses the plot. I thought this was going to be an exciting thriller. How wrong I was. Anticlimactic.

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Oct 23, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_KenMc rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Leo is in a museum in New York City when a terrorist sets off a bomb. Alive but stunned, Leo comforts a dying man who gives him a ring with instructions where to take it, and then he grabs a valuable painting of a goldfinch and makes his way out of the museum and home. His mother has died in the bombing, and his life from then on revolves around the painting, the girl Pippa who alerted him to the bomb, Pippa's uncle Hobie who takes in Teo and teaches him to restore antiques, and Boris who is just bad news. This is the story of the power of great artworks to grab you soul and not let go. It is also a powerful reminder of the plight of children who lose their parents, or whose parents don't care for them.

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Why does it cost so much, a thing like from kindergarten class? 'Ugly Blob.' 'Black Stick with Tangles." - Boris

Apr 13, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

That life -- whatever else it is – is short. That fate is cruel but maybe not random. That Nature (meaning Death) always wins but that doesn’t mean we have to bow and grovel to it. … It is a glory and a privilege to love what Death doesn’t touch (the Goldfinch painting). For if disaster and oblivion have followed this painting down through time – so too has love….

Jan 21, 2014
  • LauraM185 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"A great sorrow, and one that I am only beginning to understand: we don’t get to choose our own hearts. We can’t make ourselves want what’s good for us or what’s good for other people. We don’t get to choose the people we are."

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Oct 23, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_KenMc rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Mar 24, 2014
  • ilowelife rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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