The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

thegoldfinchThe Goldfinch
By Donna Tartt
Published 2013 by Little, Brown
3.5 stars

Goodreads synopsis: It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-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 unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to 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 novel of shocking narrative energy and power. It combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher’s calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is a beautiful, 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.

This book is really hard for me to review. I liked it a lot but it took me so much time to read (or it felt to me as a long time). I think that I have recently read so many short and fast paced books that a book that takes a little bit longer time to read weird’s me out. Definitely going to work on that because it shouldn’t matter that how long the book is if it’s well written and interesting. And this definitely was that.

The writing style in this book was really beautiful and the way Tartt writes her characters made them feel so alive and genuine, like I was supporting Theo at one point and then hating him for the choices he makes throughout the book. At points the book was bit slow, for example when Theo is at Las Vegas it felt so slow but after that it picked up again and the ending was full of action. The side characters also were really interesting. Like Theo’s love interest, Pippa, we actually do not get to know so well because most of the time she is away and Theo’s just pining for her. Still Tartt’s writing makes Pippa seem really alive and interesting person. This is what made me like the book while reading it, the way Donna Tartt describes people and their flaws felt so real that I couldn’t stop reading this book.

Have you read The Goldfinch or her other books? Which should I read next?

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