The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch

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 mothe It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mothe...

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Title:The Goldfinch
Author:Donna Tartt
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:The Goldfinch
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:771 pages pages

The Goldfinch Reviews

  • Oriana
    Mar 22, 2013
    So listen. Look. I am a READER, right? I mean, I read all the time, everywhere, every day, a book a week. But most of the time the book I'm reading is a dull throb beneath my fingers, a soft hum behind my eyes, a lovely way to spend a bit of time in between things as I meander through ...
  • karen
    Mar 22, 2013
    okay. so i read it. and i don't want to be all gloaty-gus for those of you who still have to wait three whole months to get your hands on a copy, but i will say, in brief, that it is worth waiting for. it is worth waiting three months for, as you knew it would be, but i don't know if i...
  • Diane
    Jul 13, 2013
    Never have I been so conflicted about a book. Parts of it I loved. Parts of it I hated. Sometimes I wanted to praise it. Other times I wanted to abandon it. I'm relieved I've finally finished this novel (771 pages! Good grief!) because I can stop debating whether or not to keep rea...
  • Lisa Kelsey
    Nov 26, 2013
    As I read the reviews I am fascinated by the fact that I agree with aspects of many of them, whether they rate the book one, two, three, or even four stars. Even the positive reviews point out the very many flaws. I suppose it all comes down to what you are willing to tolerate in a nov...
  • Rick
    Dec 08, 2013
    I have not read Tartt?s two previous, and by most accounts, superior novels. In The Goldfinch you can see that the talent is there but something is drastically off in the storytelling. The book drags and drags. It exasperates with unnecessary detail that calls annoyed attention to a ...
  • Jennie Menke
    Nov 09, 2013
    Audible. OH MY GAWD! Who ARE you people giving this 5 star raves? I'm not even half way yet and I'm wondering if I will be able to weather this ridiculously long book that keeps getting sidetracked by just about every teenage pothole you can think of. And can we talk about motherle...
  • Peggy
    Jan 26, 2014
    I, Boris, character in this book will give you honest opinion. Very honest. If you are reading this, asking yourself, should I read this book which is 771 pages? Very heavy, not that The Idiot was not 656 pages, so not length I am afraid of. If you are wondering, should I read? I answe...
  • Alan Wolk
    Nov 11, 2013
    The Goldfinch is a brilliant story with memorable characters and most of the book is incredibly well done and fun to read. "Most" being the operative word. Tartt needed an editor to cut out a lot of the repetitive detail (Like several other reviewers, I too found myself page skim...
  • Gene Schmidt
    Nov 19, 2013
    This was a huge disappointment for me. The opening New York sections were excellent, the description of the museum bombing and the whole Mansfield Park thing Tartt has going with Theo and the Barbour family, all of this works beautifully. I was excited to keep on reading to see where i...
  • Stephen King
    Jan 31, 2014
    Theo Decker?s mother is killed in a bombing that rocks the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Theo, unharmed, escapes with a valuable painting called The Goldfinch. He carries this symbol of grief and loss from early adolescence into an adulthood fraught with danger and beset by addiction. ...