The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch

By Donna Tartt

  • Release Date: 2013-10-22
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
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"The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind....Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction."--Stephen King, The 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 his 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 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 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, and the ruthless machinations of fate.


  • The Goldfinch

    By Anast35
    Soul-stirring! Page-turner!
  • A rewarding journey

    By Doebank Designs
    I didn't know what I was getting into when I started reading this book. Had I known, I might never have begun. But I'm so glad I did. Tartt paints such vivid pictures that easy to get lost in the worlds her characters inhabit. At times I could feel the weight of time, of sorrow, of emptiness. At other times, I couldn't help reading long into the night to see where the journey would go next. I laughed and cried. Sounds trite, but it's true. At the end, I was scared Tartt was going to ruin the whole experience by explaining it. But that's not what happens. I'm not a great writer. Not even really a great reader. But this was one of the most rewarding journeys I've taken.
  • beautiful

    By dniesndosjedbdjsnsmsndbxjs
    Literally the most beautiful thing I've ever read. You need to read this, I've never loved a book so much before.
  • Enjoyable

    By LGin NC
    Excellent character development. Would definitely make an interesting movie. Does seem to "jump the shark" about 3/4 into it, but I was already committed.
  • So underwhelming!!!

    By Jadashek
    Great 50 pages and then just on and on and on .... don't waste hours reading this!
  • Ugh..

    By BeetHoneyB
    I dont like leaving negative reviews. BUT I also dont like wasting my time on a LONG verbose book that was unnecessarily over the top depressing.
  • Stunning

    By 3061994
    Richly plotted and exquisitely crafted, this book is a pleasure to read and almost as satisfying to ponder. Like an amazing, multi-course meal that you know you will never experience again, to read this book is to savor every word.
  • Amazing

    By Jimmy452
    A wonderful book definitely worth the read
  • The Goldfinch

    By Earth Questioner
    Use of rich language, reminders of beloved writers of classics long ago, chords of words that pull you into the scenes, into the minds of the characters, their experiences..... yet often the writing is too deep, too long, too dark, too overwhelming to absorb by readers who flow among the living wonders of family and nature
  • Ccaero75

    By OfficePro1
    Not since reading & rereading Stephen King's The Stand, have I ever literally "fell" into a book. I became Theo Decker, I felt his pain, small happiness. This will be a novel I will re-read over & over again.