The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt-- I loved it!
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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt 771 pages 4/18/14 pub 2013
It took me three to four delightful weeks to read this intricate novel, which is very unusual for me. Unusual for me to read a novel so byzantine. Extraordinary for me to like it so much and for me stick with it for so long. It’s a remarkable novel that deserved to win the Pulitzer Prize this week. I have nothing to say about the plot, the characters and settings that kept me reading, because how could I say anything better than the author herself?
”The girl and the old man had come up next to us. Self-consciously, I leaned forward and looked at the painting. It was a small picture, the smallest in the exhibition, and the simplest: a yellow finch, against a plain, pale ground, chained to a perch by its twig of an ankle.” (26)
“’People die, sure,’ my mother was saying. ‘But it’s so heartbreaking and unnecessary how we lose things. From pure carelessness. Fire, wars. The Parthenon used as a munitions storehouse. I guess that anything we manage to save from history is a miracle.”(28)
“… The reason I’d liked Boris and felt happy around him from almost the moment I’d met him was that he was never afraid.” (746)
The novel was sent to me by the publisher and Goodreads 11/2/13. I wrapped it as a gift to myself for Hanukkah and opened it the 8th night. Thank you Little Brown and Goodreads!
I'm still thinking about the characters, plot and situation, weeks after finishing it. I'm quite sure this will be on my list of favorite books of the year, at year's end. Please read it.