by Donna Tartt

Reviewer Rating:


Donna Tartt chose to live a reclusive life following the hype over her debut novel, The Secret History.  After reading her newly released third novel, The Goldfinch, I ask:  Do we need an author to blog and make appearances at book signings or promotional interviews when they bare their soul on the page?
The modern-day story is told by young, introspective Theo Decker, trying to make sense of his world. His odyssey begins the day he loses his mother in a traumatizing bombing incident at an art museum.  Feeling groundless with everything in flux he clings to the one object that connects him to his mother, a very famous painting he stole in the chaotic aftermath of the explosion.
Tartt’s sense of place is expert.  A favorite is Hobie’s workshop.  He tinkers among its distinct scents, "fiddly bits", and the jumble of antique furniture like a menagerie of creatures under enchantment.  Her carefully crafted sentences and metaphors create not images, but tangible fleshed out characters.  We view each of them through Theo’s eyes from the merry, reckless, impulsive mess of Boris to the ethereally fragile Pippa with her grasshopper gait and an autumn-colored, heart stopping beauty all her own.  They help him contemplate loss, our connection to things, and how one cannot control who or what one’s heart loves.
This novel is a rarity; exquisite and unforgettable.  Make time to savor it.


I absolutely agree with Falil's recommendation. The Goldfinch is exquisite and engaging, from the characters to the descriptions and the plot itself. The book has many layers, is beautifully written and, as the reviewer says, it deserves to be savored. I listened to the audioEbook and it was extremely well done by David Pittu. I hardly ever read fiction books twice, but I will read The Goldfinch again, in print this time.

Hi Stefanie,
Thank you for your comments and for sharing your recommendation for the audioEbook version. I also plan to reread this book, something I rarely consider.

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