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.


  • 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.
  • The goldfinch

    By Rach11233356
    This book was long. But it's one of those books you fight through and are so glad you did. I loved this book. More depth to it than many other novels.
  • Fantastic!

    By iantaylor_11
    Though I can see where some may find the pace slow, as the entire middle of the book seems to go on a tangent, I found this book to be one of the best I've read in years. It was highly original and I found myself relating to the characters in so many ways. It is the perfect storm of great character development, a unique plot, and an uncommon story pacing that kept my intrigue high all the way until the adrenaline-inducing end. It's one of those books where you won't be able to stop thinking about it.
  • Best novel I've come across in years!

    By Lmttrtihti
    I purchased the audiobook, as I spend many hours in my vehicle. Here are a few observations: 1) With this particular novel, I was glad I paid the extra money for the audio version. The narrator, David Pittu, was fantastic; capturing the essence of the characters with different voices for each. He earned two Audie awards for his work on the project; one for male solo narration and the other for literary fiction. This was quite honestly some of the best narration I've heard - and I listen to A LOT of audiobooks... 2) To say that the novel "leaves you thinking..." Is an understatement. Ms. Tartt presents a masterpiece for the serious reader to feast on. It's the type of novel you have to "gear up" for, preparing mind and heart for the material ahead. 3) Audio or written, tackling the novel is a 32 + hour endeavor. It's not for the casual reader, although some may find they enjoy it. 4) It IS NOT a fast paced read - nor was it meant to be! It was meant to be consumed slowly and reflectively. Ive gone through the novel 2 times and will no doubt revisit it several more times in the years ahead.