The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize For Fiction)

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Ben
HPB Staff

The Goldfinch

by Tartt, Donna
A crawling story of loss and finding one's way

A big read this one is!! Coming in at 771 pages you'll be chewing on this one for some time, but worry not, as epic as this tale of little Theo (he's a scrawny little teen in my mind's eye) this is no Gravity's Rainbow of Infinite Jest. This is the kind of book you carry with you like a companion for 2 months and read slowly and dissolve day by day reflecting on the latest events of Theo and his most unique adventure and circumstances. The only reason I use the term "adventure" is I can't think of a better to describe his wild ride thru his juvenile years. The writing is good, at times sweepingly beautiful and engrossing, at other times good enough to legitimize a novel of such girth. It could be a tad shorter but I enjoyed the read and the time spent relating to the weird twists and turns Theo made and how his mistakes and disadvantages made me reflect on my own. After all, other than teaching us how the world works or entertainment isn't that what a good novel should do, help us reflect and gain insight. I thought the plot could have been transposed to a different set of circumstances but the way it was written kind of gave the sorry a bit of intrigue and suspense. What's fun as well is reading other people's critiques of this novel. It was a good read, it is what it is and if you're waiting for the next Ulysses to drop, good luck.

 
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Taken in by a wealthy family friend after surviving an accident that killed his mother, thirteen-year-old Theo Decker tries to adjust to life on Park Avenue.



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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books
  • ISBN-13: 9780316055444
  • ISBN: 0316055441
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • Edition: Reprint


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