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The Goldfinch

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2014 Aged thirteen, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to the thing that most reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld. As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love - and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle. The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power. Combining unforgettably vivid characters and thrilling suspense, it is a beautiful, addictive triumph - a sweeping story of loss and obsession, of survival and self-invention, of the deepest mysteries of love, identity and fate.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group Publication Date: 22/10/2013 ISBN-13: 9781408704943  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Donna Tartt was born in Greenwood, Mississippi, and is a graduate of Bennington College. She is the author of the novels The Secret History and The Little Friend, which have been translated into thirty languages.

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This is the third Donna Tartt book in roughly 20 years, following on from the Secret History and the Little Friend and is the least intriguing of the three which is not criticism in any way, it probably reflects more the age in which it is written and set. It’s a longish book but don’t let the 700 odd pages put you off, this isn’t the dense thicket like prose of Proust and it is an easy read. It relates the story of young boy Theo Decker who survives a terrorist bombing in NY and “saves” a painting of a Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius. We follow Theo as he comes to terms with losing his mother, being reunited from his errant and wastrel father and moving to Las Vegas where he teams up with Boris, who remains integral in the story to the end. There are some wonderful passages of prose, brilliant illuminating descriptions of landscape and scenery and detailed descriptions, possibly overdone in some instances of drug taking – but amusing nevertheless. It makes you wonder what kind of research Ms Tartt did to describe in such detail. I found this book addictive, one of those novels where you read quickly because you really do want to find out how a particular episode concludes. Wonderful like her other two novels, you’ll love it if you love her writing, but of course don’t expect the end to be neatly concluded, all loose ends tied up like an episode of Midsomer Murders! Reviews of contemporary books, films and music for me tend to be mostly hyperbole, but in this case there is no exaggeration in saying this is easily one of the top 10 books so far of the 21st century.

- 29/01/2014
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