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.
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE "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, 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.