2013 . Fiction, Young Adult, Mystery . Donna Tartt
It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-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 combines vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher's calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.
Little, Brown and Company
0316055433 (ISBN13: 9780316055437)
5 months ago
An incredible incredible story but let down by just how insanely long it is! Tartt's intricate story is unrivaled but found I was often left frustrated by how it felt as if you were living every second of the whole 10+ years the books spanned. Despite this, Boris and Theo's relationship beautifully and delicately portrayed growing up wild and unregulated - whilst the undercurrent of the story continued to leave me tense and wondering where it would all lead. The story itself would call for a higher rating overlooking how unnecessarily long it is but the ending let it down to some extent as it felt as if Tartt just didn't know how to leave it. I am sure Tartt meant for it to represent something with its stream of consciousness like nature, maybe in reference to the drug use or morality concepts, but I definitely didn't get it! Also the idea the book had been written as a diary by Theo or a confession of some sort which came about in the last few pages appeared like a slight afterthought as it didn't feel that way to me at any other point in the book. I felt as if I was living inside this incredible story with these fully realised characters, so kudos to Donna Tartt - just some bits that didn't suit me.
1 year ago
I was thoroughly engaged through the first 2/3 of the book. The characters were interesting and the plot followed a few threads without ever feeling like it was piecing together different novels. The last bit of the book is where it fell apart for me. The element of international intrigue just felt out of step. It went from being a read I couldn't put down to one I couldn't wait to be done with. The last 5 percent of the book gets back on track which at least made me feel like I didn't waste my time.
2 years ago
A modern masterpiece, swallowed it in a heartbeat, barely without breathing