The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch

eBook - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316248624
Branch Call Number: eBook overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource (771 pages).


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A 784 page tome chronicling the misadventures of a young man who gains possession of a famous Dutch masterpiece, a painting by the same name as the novel. Donna Tartt has a penchant for detail that - though leads to a lengthy story - often times provides a perfect visual for the setting.

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Oct 20, 2019

Like other reviewers, I could not finish this book, which is rare for me. I read about half of the book, then found myself dreading to pick it up again. Life is short - I gave up.

Oct 05, 2019

A decent plot bogged down by too much descriptive text. It may have a great ending but I simply cannot bring myself to finish this book.

Oct 01, 2019

i have made it to page 506 and can't find it in myself to pick the book back up. The central character is a druggie, lair and a thief. I want to like him, but have no respect for him. I don't allow people like that in my life, so why would I spend countless hours developing a relationship with a character like that in a book. I am not. The author is talented and their are moments of beauty. I have no idea if it ends well...too painful to continue...

Sep 15, 2019

Saw this movie yesterday and I must say it is one of the best I have ever seen, definitely the best so far this year. Acting, writing, direction, production are all first rate.

I did find the book dragged in parts but overall a fascinating premise for the plot and a memorable read.

Sep 08, 2019

Movie release September 2019

OPL_ErinD Sep 08, 2019

So often books aim to punch you in the heart on the last few pages, leaving you a bit wounded. By contrast, THE GOLDFINCH had me in tears shortly after I cracked the cover but reading it through to the end was like a journey of healing.

Aug 19, 2019

There is a reason it won the Pulitzer Prize.

Aug 12, 2019

One of my favorite books of all times. Wonderfully written and as I did care for the characters the story was very engaging. Can't wait for Donna Tartt's next book.

Aug 06, 2019

David Pittu performed the narration of The Goldfinch masterfully and flawlessly created each of the many characters with his voice!! I forgot why I had this on my list of books because drugs, addiction, crime, child abuse, violence etc. are not my thing. Action and intrigue filled the initial 2/3 to 3/4 of the book and in spite of my discomfort in listening to it, I was hooked by the colorful detail, style of writing and needed to know what would happen next. I felt it was hugely disjointed between the beginning and the end which turned into some philosophical treatise, thoughts of Theo, the main character. I became strongly invested in the lives of the characters and was disappointed not to be presented the 'what happened to everyone.' Having said that, I guess we were presented with a suggestion of what happened to Theo and his interesting friend, Boris. Maybe that was good enough. Lots I did not like or enjoy, frequently wished I would just turn it off and move on to a good book, but having said that, I gave this book a 4/4 star rating...I love the talk about art, furniture craftsmanship, the world of art and antiques and think I was incredibly lucky to have listened to it on a road trip!! pls

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Apr 17, 2017

“When you feel homesick,’ he said, ‘just look up. Because the moon is the same wherever you go.”

Jun 16, 2015

“Caring too much for objects can destroy you. Only—if you care for a thing enough, it takes on a life of its own, doesn’t it? And isn’t the whole point of things—beautiful things—that they connect you to some larger beauty?”

Jun 26, 2014

Why does it cost so much, a thing like from kindergarten class? 'Ugly Blob.' 'Black Stick with Tangles." - Boris

Apr 13, 2014

That life -- whatever else it is – is short. That fate is cruel but maybe not random. That Nature (meaning Death) always wins but that doesn’t mean we have to bow and grovel to it. … It is a glory and a privilege to love what Death doesn’t touch (the Goldfinch painting). For if disaster and oblivion have followed this painting down through time – so too has love….

Jan 21, 2014

"A great sorrow, and one that I am only beginning to understand: we don’t get to choose our own hearts. We can’t make ourselves want what’s good for us or what’s good for other people. We don’t get to choose the people we are."


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Oct 23, 2014

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siammarino Sep 22, 2014

Leo is in a museum in New York City when a terrorist sets off a bomb. Alive but stunned, Leo comforts a dying man who gives him a ring with instructions where to take it, and then he grabs a valuable painting of a goldfinch and makes his way out of the museum and home. His mother has died in the bombing, and his life from then on revolves around the painting, the girl Pippa who alerted him to the bomb, Pippa's uncle Hobie who takes in Teo and teaches him to restore antiques, and Boris who is just bad news. This is the story of the power of great artworks to grab you soul and not let go. It is also a powerful reminder of the plight of children who lose their parents, or whose parents don't care for them.


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