The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 05/06/2014
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The Goldfinch
The Goldfinch
This author certainly takes her time and as you read you feel as if you are living at the same pace. The book keeps you in suspense as to what will happen ... READ MORE
Philippa at Colchester
The Goldfinch
Wonderful - but skim the middle
The Goldfinch starts out fantastically and a great pace, and throughout the whole book we're treated to feasts of language, perfect for savouring. However,... READ MORE
Catriona at Waterstones Head Office
The Goldfinch
Grief, Loss and Art
Over 10 years since her last outing with 'The Little Friend,' Donna Tartt's latest novel follows a grief-stricken Theo Decker, whose mother is killed in a ... READ MORE
Saad Maqbool
The Goldfinch
A rich and evocative character study
Donna Tartt does not rush things. Her third book surfacing after an eleven year wait, this is an expansive novel filled with impeccably placed detail and a... READ MORE
Pete Renton at Nottingham

Synopsis

‘You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life.’ For the young Theo Decker, left shiftless and alone after the horrific death of his mother in an explosion at New York’s Metropolitan Museum, that life-defining picture is Carel Fabritius’ The Goldfinch. Retrieved by Theo in the aftermath of the blast, somehow he never finds the courage to return it to its rightful owners. And thus begins Theo Decker’s descent into crime… Moving seamlessly from the frantic whirl of New York to the twitchy desert heat of Las Vegas, and from the archaic plunder of a downtown antiques store to the bohemian drawing rooms of high society Manhattan, Donna Tartt’s dazzling third novel tracks Theo’s precarious journey through 21st century America. It is a journey that will combine love and heartache with police tape and shoot-outs, and confirms its author’s place as one of the great contemporary American novelists. A profound meditation on loss and belonging that doubles as a compelling psychological thriller, a Hollywood adaptation of The Goldfinch, starring Nicole Kidman and Ansel Elgort, will be appearing in UK cinemas later in the year.

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9780349139630
  • Number of pages: 912
  • Weight: 590g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 126 x 48 mm

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The Goldfinch
Overly long
This was bought for me as a birthday gift from one of my daughters because she knows how much I adore goldfinches, and it is the first time I've read a Don... READ MORE
She who is too fond of books
The Goldfinch
Unputdownable
After waiting a decade for a new Donna Tartt novel I almost let this one slip through my fingers. Fortunately Tartt has stickability and when I was selecti... READ MORE
Melody Nelson
The Goldfinch
worth sticking with
I found a quote that sums up how i felt about Donna Tartt's ' 'The Goldfinch': 'All morning i struggled with the sensation of stray wisps of one world seep... READ MORE
KAZ9555
The Goldfinch
Underwhelmed
It began with great pace and interest but must admit I lost interest in the Vegas section and that was it for me
Paul Saville
The Goldfinch
An important read
Fantastic story, beautifully written. Follows the story of Theo Decker, his journey through life, New York, Las Vegas and more.
Books Loves
The Goldfinch
The Goldfinch
- one of the best novels I have ever read. Enjoyed much more than The Secret History. Unpredictable - keeps you engaged throughout.
Faye
The Goldfinch
Just brilliant. A captivating thriller and epic love story rolled into one.
I absolutely adored this book: a coming-of-age tale that tackles love, loss and loneliness. A captivating thriller and epic love story rolled into one. Af... READ MORE
Emma Pearce
The Goldfinch
Couldn't put it down!
It begins with a young boy, Theo Decker, who miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the fami... READ MORE
louus_library
The Goldfinch
Epic
This is an absolute classic. I loved Secret History, but this is one big book, biggest I've read since Shantaram. Stick with it - it's worth it. Ignore th... READ MORE
Craig Unsworth