The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch

By Donna Tartt

  • Release Date: 2013-10-22
  • Genre: Literary
  • Size: 5.37 MB
Score: 4
From 7,015 Ratings

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A young New Yorker grieving his mother's death is pulled into a gritty underworld of art and wealth in this "extraordinary" and beloved Pulitzer Prize winner that "connects with the heart as well as the mind" (Stephen King, New York Times Book Review).
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 a longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into a wealthy and insular art community.
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 mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention. From the streets of New York to the dark corners of the art underworld, this "soaring masterpiece" examines the devastating impact of grief and the ruthless machinations of fate (Ron Charles, Washington Post).


  • Recommend reading something else

    By Nmskier
    I am in disbelief this book has been rated so highly by so many people. The editor did a huge disservice to the author and readers by not not trimming the wordiness. This book should have been easily only half as long. I am now to the last 15% of the book and am forcing myself to finish it....and it’s a complete drag. Do yourself a favor, find something else to read.
  • Takes a little effort at first...

    By grsderth
    It took me a while to get into this book. At one point, I even considered not finishing it. But, I kept on going and found that it was worth the effort. I think, more than anything else, it is a character study. The characters are very well developed and the descriptions of everything are very detailed. There’s an interesting mix of people who are thrown together by very unusual circumstances. All in all an interesting read!
  • The Goldfinch

    By Myotherpassion
    Great story and character development.
  • Not a thriller

    By flylala
    The books opening of disaster and thrill are short lived. The rest of the book is overly lengthy and not meant for those trying to read a thriller or fast paced novel of excitement.
  • Another Catch 22

    By junefrazier-creedon
    As soon as I saw the trailer for this book as a movie, I knew I had to read the book first. It’s existentialism existence was too dark and too deep for me to read cover to cover. I needed to get my head above water to fill my lungs with sunshine, rainbows and lollipops before my next submersion.
  • Love it

    By sashmagosh26
    Was not what I expected. I think this is a very realistic story of how a young boy can fall prey to addiction after experiencing tragedies. From some of the reviews I’ve read, people are clearly not understanding the crucial social monologue that narratives like this provide. Or perhaps these people are devoid of empathy? Opioid addiction is a very real crisis, so it’s actually not surprising that this book is so popular, a movie is being made as well. Of course, whether you choose to view Theo’s struggle with addiction as a boring subplot or remember the fact that he is also struggling with the anxiety and paranoia of keeping secret a multi-billion dollar stolen painting after the death of his mother and father, which is actually the main plot, is your choice.
  • A book needed by the psyche of the curious reader

    By ameliaschmidt
    Like any great work of art this book shines a floodlight on each readers personal experiences with pain. It teaches you about yourself because of the immersive experience of getting to know these characters. A once in a decade read.
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  • Shallow boring and repulsive

    By zordacme
    One of the worst books I’ve read. I can’t understand its popularity. I can only guess the good reviews come from those who quit reading after the first few chapters as the book starts well but than gets boring, predictable and you grow to hate the protagonist as a truly despicable person.
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