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The GoldfinchAnd at the center of a narrowing ever dangerous circle The Goldfinch combines vivid characters mesmerizing language and suspense while plumbing with a philosopher's calm the deepest mysteries of love identity and art It is an old fashioned story of loss and obsession survival and self invention and the ruthless machinations of fat As I read the reviews I am fascinated by the fact that I agree with aspects of many of them whether they rate the book one two three or even four stars Even the positive reviews point out the very many flaws I suppose it all comes down to what you are willing to tolerate in a novel I found Tartt's writing to be at times uite lovely but I got the feeling she is a little too enad with her own skill I am surprised to see the novel described as dense It was very very unnecessarily in my opinion long but it was the opposite of dense More like bloated with lots of pretty fluff When Theo is making his again long and mysteriously uninterrupted way out of the Met in the beginning I knew right away I was in for a severely under edited read and suspension of disbelief of inordinate proportions would be called uponI am not a reader who must like or identify with the main character or even any of them but I do reuire them to at least be interesting or representative of a larger idea in some way if not then I at least want to be able to root for them Here I found the characters unlikable except for Hobie and Pippa but they just fade in and out and with no real emotional resonance Theo's mourning for his mother in particular felt vaguely like a lovesick teenager's rendition of grief in a creative writing class His relationships with women are so shallow and unconvincing as to suggest that he is deeply closeted But with his lecturing at the end pursuing what your heart desires etc I would think he would come clean on this point if that were the caseEven the discussion of the eponymous painting is lacking It's as if the author didn't bother to research the piece does she not know that Google exists All the muddled philosophizing at the end left me unimpressed In the end it was in the words of Bart Simpson just a bunch of stuff that happened A long mostly tedious read with very little or no payoffIf you are like me and finish a book you start no matter what I would seriously give the reviews here a read before committing to it

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The Goldfinch kindle Á Hardcover read Å reflectionslisburnltd ä 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 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 hi I have not read Tartt’s two previous and by most accounts superior novels In The Goldfinch you can see that the talent is there but something is drastically off in the storytelling The book drags and drags It exasperates with unnecessary detail that calls annoyed attention to a critical lack of credibility throughout The narrator is like one of those panhandlers who stop you on the street and provides too long a story about some travail my mom and I were just mugged they took her to the hospital and I need to get to New Jersey to tell my dad who’s deaf but first I have to get to the hospital which is like a thirty minute cab ride away in Brooklyn and she needs this medication that was in her purse which got stolen but I didn’t get a chance to tell the EMTs about so I have to find a Duane Reade and get the prescription filled which costs about fifteen dollars if you could just help me out with part of it I’ll pay you back like tomorrow I have my address and phone number written down here I am really embarrassed and would never ever ask a stranger for help like this but this was our first ever trip to New York City and we never thought anything like this still happened but They are telling you so much because they want than the average panhandler not uarters or a buck but a ten or twenty They hope the detail dazzles or distracts However the they tell you the you know it’s all a lie The extra details only betrayIn The Goldfinch the betraying detail is in things large and small Theo the narrator notices and remembers everything but no one else seems capable of noticing anything in the moment even when it’s their job to As a reader you are left wondering for example would a teenager struggling in shock through a scene of devastation have noticed and remembered fourteen years later the names on office doors as he is trying to find his way out of a bombed building You never believe that Theo could have left the museum without anyone noticing him but he has to So an immense amount of detail is added to provide a masking confusion But if he was in the building long enough following the explosion for emergency personnel to arrive begin rescue efforts and then leave the building because of fear of another bomb would there have been a door within the cordoned off perimeter that didn’t have police and emergency workers watching itReduced to a plot line everything in the story can be made plausible; transformed into 771 pages of excessive description and your skepticism is teased and taunted from the beginning and at every turn of the pageA book this long needs to be put down freuently you are at your stop on the subway it’s time to move a load of laundry from the washer to the dryer time for a meal or bed Only once did I put The Goldfinch down with regret that I couldn’t continue reading Every other time I was relieved At page 100 200 and even at page 700 I wasn’t sure I was going to continue reading until the end This isn't to say the Tartt can't craft a sentence isn't well read or a capable researcher or smart as a whip She can and is But in execution this is tied for the most tedious and disappointing reading experience in 2013 The Goldfinch is the story of a stolen painting and a lost boy and the many bad decisions he makes influenced by bad genetics and the bad example of his father by the trauma of violence of the worst kind and several kinds of dislocation At no point does Tartt convince you that Theo is something other than a poorly realized grand idea and that the plot character and actions are than an academic exercise The novel has been called Dickensian in its marketing campaign and by some critics It has also made The New York Times’s list of five best works of fiction in 2013 Both facts baffle me beyond words

Donna Tartt ↠ The Goldfinch epub

S 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 artAs an adult Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiues store where he works He is alienated and in love Audible OH MY GAWD Who ARE you people giving this 5 star raves I'm not even half way yet and I'm wondering if I will be able to weather this ridiculously long book that keeps getting sidetracked by just about every teenage pothole you can think of And can we talk about motherless orphans I've lost track of how many motherless main characters are in this book How can I be this far out of touch with other reviewers Halfway thru now Spending lots of energy trying to be less harsh and trying to enjoy the ride tartt is taking me on But I am not succeeding This book is utter ridiculousness Not believable at ALL and this morning my friend informed me it was named Book of the Year I'm speechless Three uarters done Bottom line Theo has become a very unlikeable guy The pages and pages of minutia detail often building intrigue and suspense are pointless and often left unresolved Reading this book reminds me of watching the tv show Lost You think MAN I wonder how they are going to explain that polar bear Only to wait four years and find out that they never do Oh My Gosh I just finished The ending does not disappoint What a diaphanous extravaganza of words Of lists Of never ending stream of consciousness pompoonery Yes I made that word up It's the merging of pompous and tom foolery Is Tartt serious Can she really be seriously presenting up this book with a straight face The ending is Utterly astonishingly perfectly awful If you are reading this and wondering if you should finish the book Yes Do it Then report back here I need the company Update on 4114After 400 comments to this review that was never meant for any purpose other than my own entertainment so that I might remember the book I feel the need to add the following To anyone wondering if they should still read this book since reviewers are so divided eg you either LOVE it or HATE it by all means YES Read it But if you find you are hating it within 100 pages just put it down and walk away Because it won't ever get better for you Really do as I say and not as I do Put It Down For those who LOVE this book Good for you I am truly happy for you There is nothing better than a book you love Now move along because the 9 pages of comments here are for those who don't and will just make you mad