The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch tgbydt by Donna Tartt, Little,Brown 2013, 771 pages (Kindle eBook)

Chance makes the thief.

What can one say? What everyone else is saying!

COMPELLING. Easy to fall into and get swept away, not wanting life to intrude and disrupt the story.

DICKENSIAN. Yea, OK. Poor little orphan boy grows up and meets interesting characters.

All centered around a painting acquired in a most unusual fashion (via a diversion being a terrorist bombing) by a kid who then knows not what to do with it nor whom to trust. Exquisitely painted (the painting AND this novel), chock-full of swings in temperature, attitude and social situations. A messy life sprinkled with meanness and kindness, confusion and love.

Worry! What a waste of time! All the holy books were right. Clearly ‘worry’ was the mark of a primitive and spiritually unevolved person. … Why did anyone ever worry about anything? Weren’t we, as sentient beings, put upon the earth to be happy, in the brief time allotted to us?

I thank LitLove for her post on the author which gave me my first reason I had for wanting to read this and I thank Vasilly and Athira for hosting an informal readalong at the end of the year.  I thank Holly for the enthusiastic discussion over coffee about which character we liked best:  Theo, Boris, Hobie, and finally, the little fearless bird chained to a shelf. FASCINATING.


Maybe the one had to be lost for the others to be found.

Four strong bold crazy slices of pie. fourpie


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31 thoughts on “The Goldfinch

  1. I got this book for Christmas, but with all the traveling, haven’t had a chance to crack it. Sounds like the next few weeks, with classes starting, is not the time. I’ll have to reserve a weekend for it.

  2. I feel like I am the only person who received an ARC last year but still have not read it. At this point in time, I almost want to wait until the accolades die off a bit, and then read it without feeling pressure to love it as much as everyone else.

    1. I think that is another reason I jumped into it – wanted to read it before I got sick of seeing it everywhere! Go ahead and wait. It will be there for you. 🙂

    1. I LOOOOOOOVVVVEEE long audio books! I usually don’t think they are worth the money if less than 20 hours long. Crazy, huh. But I started audiobooking with King books so I it is my go-to way to slog through a chunkster.

  3. I probably will buy this eventually, but it is so big and I don’t read THAT many chunksters a year… A bunch of my Christmas books were huge, so probably best if I wait. 🙂

    1. Ha! That’s OK – not totally sure myself, actually. I think it is because Dickens has featured poor orphans who meet rich people in his books – thinking Great Expectations. Not really sure how many other of his books do. A minor story line of Bleak House, maybe.
      An interview of Tartt has her discuss the Dickensian themes (not that I recall exactly what she said!) and it is often brought up in other reviews.
      (I just like to say ‘Dickensian’. ha!)

    1. That tweet I sent? I estimated that was a sentence at the point of your last goodreads/tweet update. What struck me was that I imagined Mrs. Barbour wearing green so that sentence was SO at odds with my image of her!

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