I am retired and have the time to read and assimilate the story at a leisurely pace, so the length was not detrimental for me. The ending had me feeling overdosed in "cosmic truths," but given the to-hell-and-back journey of the characters, can be understood. I suppose it all comes down to what you are willing to tolerate in a novel. Welcome back to the R29 Book Club! The characters were all drawn realistically and with all their flaws (with the possible exception of Hobie who was a lovable sweetheart!) So descriptive. returns with a dark urban farce crowded with misjudged signals, crippling sorrows, and unexpected epiphanies.It's September 1969, just after Apollo 11 and Woodstock. Tartt proves that the Dickensian novel—expansive and bursting with incident—is alive and well. This delivered in spades. Never have I gone into a book this blind and still felt like it wasn't what I expected... Oh, to be walking in New York on a weekday morning...on your way to an overpriced diner breakfast...stopping in at the Met...seeing a gloriously well put together exhibit of Dutch art...staring at a painting that changes your life…maybe the museum explodes, who’s to say? The Goldfinch might have a Pulitzer, but plenty of people have been saying for years it’s a bad book. It has no idea wat it's about. Firstly, I think the casting was outstanding. I mean, I read all the time, everywhere, every day, a book a week. DeLillo, Franzen, Foster Wallace, Pynchon, Mailer, all kneel there, bloodied and shorn like Goya etchings, John Bobbitts by any other name, weak and utterly defeated. Theo makes a lot of poor choices - unfortunately his father's sleazy girlfriend Xandra was right that he is far more like his father than he is willing to admit and yet in some of the best passages in the book, towards the end where Boris talks about Dosto's The Idiot: Update again: Thoughts on the movie: (opened today in our area) >>> just saw it! The next 20% is just like the previous 75% - Theo making bad decisions and being a bystander to real stories. Having said that, I was not so enraptured with this book as I expected to be. The story follows Theo into adulthood, through a series of tragedies and misadventures, until at last, he must face the music in regards to the missing painting. I am one of best things in book, at least not all the time moody, gloomy and so stupid I do not not even look in package. That's true friendship, I guess. A very interesting plot, and awesome development of characters...however I thought the book was too long. The themes explored are timeless. Unbeknownst to any of them, Theo has made off with one of the museum’s treasures, “The Goldfinch,” by the 17th century Dutch painter Carel Fabritius, and hidden it away. The Goldfinch feels rushed yet lacking in energy, more a transplantation of the book's plot than an invested adaptation. Also, I started to feel hungover just READING about Theo's and Boris's marathon drinking-and-drugging binges. I was gettingantsy for a book that was different from the usual "best sellers". We should surmise these things from the story and the author shouldn't have to point them out. Reading THE GOLDFINCH reminded me of how I read as a girl: with total abandon, total immersion. Full Review Neal Pollack Book & Film Globe Read Matt Goldberg's The Goldfinch review; John Crowley's movie stars Ansel Elgort, Oakes Fegley, Jeffrey Wright, Nicole Kidman, and Luke Wilson. I am retired and have the time to read and assimilate the story at a leisurely pace, so the length was not detrimental for me. An great book that i just had to finish. At each stop, he manages to develop relationships with characters that help him get through the stages of his life. If i wanted lost teenage, i would have read catcher in the rye. A site dedicated to book lovers providing a forum to discover and share commentary about the books and authors they enjoy. I'm 75% of the way through this book and am really struggling with it. That said, I was totally engaged from the novel's start and found the tale so suspenseful that, once I started to read it, I barely did anything else for three days, until I finished the book. The author is soooooooo long winded describing every little piece of debris. I, Boris, character in this book will give you honest opinion. Boris is now very wealthy from associating with an underground network of mysterious individuals. not to call myself out but I’m at the point in my life where reading books before the movie comes out qualifies as being productive. I am surprised to see the novel described as "dense." Does not take 771 pages to figure this out. Shocked, Theo goes to the storage unit and unwraps the “painting” only to find it contains a high school textbook. And isn’t the whole point of things—beautiful things—that they connect you to some larger beauty?”, National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee for Fiction (2013), Australian Book Industry Award (ABIA) Nominee for International Book (2014), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fiction (2013). and i don't want to be all gloaty-gus for those of you who still have to wait three whole months to get your hands on a copy, but i will say, in brief, that it is worth waiting for. October 22nd 2013 Am I reading a different book from all of you people giving this five stars? It is unconvincing on so many levels. I answer for you already and say no! She has taken a form of novel - the doorstopper, the tome, the phonebook - and taken something away from it that is has often never been without: the penis. I am so glad that this book came to my bookshelf now. 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 upon. If you are wondering, should I read? But this is something else... Audible. What is art and its impact on individuals and society, how does death and risk impact our lives.... A gem , a really big gem !! If i wanted detective thriller i would have read James bond, if i wanted drug abuse history i would have read prescriptions, and if i wanted philosophy i would gave read the geeta. The novel is part coming-of-age story, part mystery, part rumination on the value of a human life versus the value of art. And how is it he never, ever thinks of sex?) On the other hand, I can also see how "big picture" reflections wouldn't/couldn't occur to Theo until he'd dried out somewhat and started on his path to atonement. But I felt many times it was too wordy, where characters stories were told that really had nothing to do with the main story. The story follows Theo into adulthood, through a s. Adult contemporary fiction. Don't bother. I am halfway through this pretentious, nonsensical, self-indulgent, ridiculous THING, and I'm only forcing myself to finish because I paid $40 for this monstrosity. ... it’s like to watch “The Goldfinch,” John Crowley’s earnest and utterly flummoxing adaptation of Tartt’s 2013 book. Time spent with an old friend. The Goldfinch Review and Summary: After reading the book, I can say that is one of the best coming-of-age novels I have ever read. Repeated use of the word Bailiwick. According to best-selling phenomenon Stephen King, who reviewed it for The New York Times Book Review, “ ‘The Goldfinch’ is a rarity that comes along … He does exacerbate the problems sometimes through his own choices but he is a teen at the start of the book. It exasperates with unnecessary detail that calls annoyed attention to a critical lack of credibility throughout. Good read, but about 150 pages too long. I think I'll have to reread it shortly to appreciate the beautiful prose and descriptions as I devoured the story line, desperate to know what happened to these fascinating, damage. It is a long, harrowing read but the descriptions, characters and plot carry you along. We’d love your help. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. The Little Friend is worse, Secret History was a revelation when I read it. I have read all Donna Tartt's books now and, for me, she is one of the best authors writing today. The author is a good writer, but an awful storyteller. Hobie: Dumbledore. I made myself plow through to the end which I found completely unsatisfying. The characters are so well described by Ms Tartt, one could even compare her writing in some aspects to Dickens. Read Matt Goldberg's The Goldfinch review; John Crowley's movie stars Ansel Elgort, Oakes Fegley, Jeffrey Wright, Nicole Kidman, and Luke Wilson. Tartt knows how to keep readers engaged with a compelling plot, yet the story is about much more than what happens to Theo and the painting. Am I reading a different book from all of you people giving this five stars? 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. And Boris- what a ridiculous, implausible character: a polyglot who has lived all around the world in his fifteen years, had dazzling adventures, survived regular beatings from his equally unlikely father, spends a good part of his life starving and/or drunk, and has found time to read Chekov in Russian. All Tartt's characters seem very finely drawn in an almost microscopic way. but still these things are minor compared with the towering achievement of this book. I was gettingantsy for a book that was different from the usual "best sellers". Does not mean cannot enjoy life. The scope, the shape, the palpable sense of longing--all haunting. At each stop, he manages to develop relationships with characters that help him get through the stages of his life. Expert Book Reviews provides reviews of today’s hottest novels. The plot and premise strain credibility but as an escapist novel, it would be a good choice for reading on a long plane trip with long delays or layovers or if trapped at home during a days-long ice storm. Mrs Barbour: aloof, icy Society Matron. What makes The Goldfinch so brilliant, apart from the beauty in the writing itself, the complexity (and simplicity) of language, the depth of thought and emotion, is that by the end of an otherwise harrying tale, the reader feels relief, a sense of freedom from his or her own thoughts and the anxieties surrounding the belief that, “We don’t get to choose the people we are. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The characters were all drawn realistically and with all their flaws (with the possible exception of Hobie who was a lovable sweetheart!) And Boris . It is difficult enough to get through daily life with support, but poor Theo is not wanted. Don’t bother with this. Having said that, I was not so enraptured with this book as I expected to be. Start by marking “The Goldfinch” as Want to Read: Error rating book. I am one of best things in book, at least not all the time moody, gloomy and so stupid I do not not even look in package. Welcome back. Author interviews, book reviews and lively book commentary are found here. returns with a dark urban farce crowded with misjudged signals, crippling sorrows, and unexpected epiphanies.It's September 1969, just after Apollo 11 and Woodstock. We meet many fascinating characters: notably Boris. I found the characters in this tedious opus one-dimensional and unpleasant. (I have to admit that I cheated on it with some sci-fi YA releases and thrillers) Of the reason is 775 pages long journey cut my enthusiasm but at least it wasn’t bored me, I never intended to put it on my dnf list because it was a fabulous Dickensian book, so lyrically, mind-captivating-ly, memorably written. Not only does she accurately describe complex emotions, but she does it in brilliant and unique prose. It seemed like wanderings of the mind, with truly no point. It won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, among other honors. The protagonist, 13-year-old Theodore Decker, survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum where his mother is killed. The final 5% of the book then beats you over the head with lessons that you should have learned if you were as smart as the author. The Goldfinch was the book to read last year, so I didn't read it. In the ensuing chaos, Theo escapes with his mother's favorite painting, The Goldfinch, a priceless Dutch masterpiece that becomes Theo's secret treasure and also the albatross around his neck. Tartt seems reluctant to accept that her book is set in the 21st century- even the laptop is locked away in his Dad's bedroom so emails are sparse- so why not set it in 1962 or somewhere more plausible? I suppose it all comes down to what you are willing to tolerate in a novel. The Goldfinch Review: Lukewarm Book Adaptation Fails to Fly While it captures some of the melancholy of the acclaimed novel, John Crowley’s adaptation is too leaden and self-serious to really soar. Wordiness. I'm about a third of the way through and dislike Theo so much that I can't finish the book. The only thing well done in this book is the description of paintings and what they mean, and if everything else was cut out i might have liked this book. There is a lot of money and talent behind “The Goldfinch” and so it looks “important.” After all, Roger Deakins shot it, and he’s not about to make an ugly movie. His one girl, Pippa, is smart not to let him make her into mother. I took nearly fifteen days to finish this book. He does exacerbate the problems sometimes through his own choices but he is a teen at the start of the book. The characterisation was the standout feature for me, the young boy, Theo Decker, who loses his mother and with her, his moral compass and differing paths that his life may have otherwise taken. Worth reading, pondering, discussing--and reading again. The Goldfinch was the book to read last year, so I didn't read it. Happily I corrected that over the last few weeks! 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. During the last 3rd of the book I really had a hard time putting it down. It questions and examines the themes that are of Greek Dramas are beautifully examined. I know I will. And the novel, like Dickens’s best works, is huge. I enjoyed this book, but it was really long. I enjoyed the characters and the ending - but there was 20 pages after the "ending" that just drug on and on. Good book but way too long! I’ve just read Donna Tartt’s 3rd novel, The Goldfinch, published by Little, Brown in 2013, and awarded the Pulitzer prize in 2014. Because of this story I will never forget Carel Fabritius' 1654, work of art. Loved it. It wasn't perfect, and I enjoyed Secret History more, but I cannot give it any less than five stars. As a 13-year-old boy, Theo’s grasp of reality is limited, and the tragic event forces despair and self-defeating b No. It is a long, harrowing read but the descriptions, characters and plot carry you along. Published in 2013, it was Tartt's first novel since The Little Friend in 2002. I am a READER, right? The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – review Donna Tartt's overlong and tediously Potteresque adventure leaves Julie Myerson baffled and disenchanted … reading this book is the very definition of being ‘a labour of love.’, Adult contemporary fiction. Content includes books from bestselling, midlist and debut authors. If you have ever felt that a certain work of art was made solely for your eyes/ears, this book is for you. ‘The Goldfinch’ Review: Strictly for the Birds Donna Tartt’s best-selling novel gets a long, lavish adaptation, starring Nicole Kidman and Ansel Elgort. Learn what the experts are saying about Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch with this literary review. Whaaaaat? Even the positive reviews point out the very many flaws. Pulitzer prize winner and all, i was pretty excited, and sorely disappointed. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The opening New York sections were excellent, the description of the museum bombing and the whole Mansfield Park thing Tartt has going with Theo and the Barbour family, all of this works beautifully. The Goldfinch is a bad movie because it is based on a deeply flawed book The Goldfinch movie flopped. Not good without me. 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