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The Goldfinch

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AnonYonimousBird Wed 23-Oct-13 20:14:21

I couldn't resist. June is too long to wait for the paperback. This should not be read on a Kindle, so.... copy arrives tomorrow.

SwedishEdith Fri 24-Oct-14 20:38:05

Reading this (slowly) atm so I'm not going to scroll through this thread as don't want to read any spoilers but - I keep imagining that Hobie should be played by Bob Hoskins or Robin Williams and then feeling all sad

Clawdy Fri 24-Oct-14 20:23:22

Just what I thought, Southeastdweller

Southeastdweller Wed 22-Oct-14 22:14:57

I finished it today. It has to be the best book I've read for years, so astoundingly well-written I was inwardly gasping at her capabilities (I'd never read her earlier books). I agree with others that the gangster segments weren't that engaging but what had gone before was so well-done it didn't make much difference, plus these parts of the book were integral to the general story, so for me it's not a criticism of the book.

A superb book that I'll be re-reading in the future.

baskingseals Mon 06-Oct-14 22:32:41

I enjoyed it, but honestly thought it was a bit of a hommage to Wasps and all their waspy glory. She's fascinated by them.

TsukuruTazaki Mon 06-Oct-14 01:25:35

I loved it. Didn't really notice the length of it as was reading on kindle. I enjoyed it throughout and certainly wasn't getting bored or finding it a drag at all. Agree with pp that some of the gangster stuff was a bit hmm but by the time you get to that part the book has already created such a big vivid world spanning so many different places and situations that I was happy to just go with it.

Quangle Thu 25-Sep-14 22:04:12

Loved bits of this but ultimately too self indulgent and too long. Really poor editing too. Clunky sentences and punctuation in parts but not surprising because nobody could commit to checking every word.

Loved Theo and Boris and loved large parts of it but every section needed to be cut. Even crawling through the museum was too long - I get it, he's dusty and disorientated. Ditto Las Vegas - I get it, it's rootless and lonely hence the intensity of friendship and drugs to fill the void. Emotionally it felt very truthful and it will stay with me but I ended up skim reading the last quarter. Will go and read the Myerson review now.

Hassled Wed 24-Sep-14 22:13:10

Bumping this because I've finally, finally finished it - I kept stopping and starting, not because I didn't love it but because I just couldn't cope with it - the sadness, the sense of loss. The Vegas section in particular - it upset me enormously.

But yes, I thought of Theo all the time. And those places will stay with me - the brown dark warmth of Hobie's house/shop, the heat and bleakness of the desert, the hotel room in Amsterdam. I agree it will be a future classic - it's an astonishing book.

I want to say more, especially about Boris, but I'm wary of spoilers.

AnonymousBird Thu 08-May-14 20:33:24

Grief. I started this thread in October and I only started it today! So haven't read the thread for fear of spoilers....

Lady - I am listening to Americanah as my current audiobook! I absolutely love it. WOW.

LadyWithLapdog Thu 01-May-14 21:52:37

I liked it too. I have read a better one since then (Americanah).

BaconAndAvocado Thu 01-May-14 21:47:29

Sadly nearing the end of this wonderful, wonderful book.

The characterisation is just sublime as is just about everything else in it.


SnotandBothered Tue 29-Apr-14 13:28:59

Lottieandmia that was the one point that i actually cried. I wasn't really expecting too but his joy/relief at seeing his mother in the mirror made me lose it too. sad

SnotandBothered Tue 29-Apr-14 13:28:01

Bumping this thread as I've just finished it.

I loved it and found some of the descriptive scenes the most evocative I have read. Theo's perception of the aftermath of the bomb in the gallery made me feel that I was there.

I thought Boris was actually beautifully written as well. Brash, yes human/insightful and believable - also very Russian in his manner/thought patterns and beliefs. I 'liked' him better than Theo and was always glad to see his name on the page.

lottieandmia Thu 03-Apr-14 21:27:39

This book had me in tears at certain points, particularly when he sees his mother in a dream having chased after her for so long. So sad, especially that he blamed himself for her death as a child.

Stokey Thu 23-Jan-14 13:57:40

Amazingly written as others have said and I kind of liked the philosophical bit at the end.

But found it hard to like Theo, particularly in the second half of the book after he leaves Las Vegas. Just wanted to shake him as you say Sicknspan

And a little too long and Dickensian for my taste, I feel like I've been reading it forever.

SicknSpan Thu 23-Jan-14 11:47:40

Just finished it. Glad i read it, and loved the characters but it seemed to be a giant exercise in showing off how good she is at making beautiful stand alone paragraphs. So often I found myself realising I was reading, instead of being drawn into that "fictive dream" where you don't know you're reading a book, you're just in the story itself.

The beautifully poetic paragraphs that it is littered with are just fantastic though. Some of the first half of the book seeped into my brain and I would think of Theo in particular all the time. I agree with the previous poster who said this felt like a future literary classic.

Ultimately though I was really cross with him for making poor choices as an adult, even though I felt such desperate sadness for him as a young man/teen. He was always a victim and didn't fight this which made me crosser and crosser as I neared the end of the book! I kept hoping that he would change, that this would be the action that I felt was missing (even though lots went on, for me there was always something just round the corner which never materialised).

Am glad I don't have to read it anymore as no matter how delicious the writing, I resent how unfulfilled I feel after 3 weeks of my life spent reading it!

Belize Tue 14-Jan-14 09:28:48

gangsta even!

Belize Tue 14-Jan-14 09:26:50

God I loved it, pretty much every single paragraph, sentence and word were just exquisitely crafted. Donna Tartt you are a fabulous writer!

Bereft now that I've finished it, didn't even notice really that it was 700 odd pages long.

The only bit I didn't enjoy quite so much was the gangsa bit, but the rest of it was pure joy.

I keep flitting in my mind between New York, Las Vegas and Amsterdam - she paints such a vivid picture of each place. As for the characters, just adored Hobie and Popchik!!!!

Wonderful, please don't keep us waiting for another decade though for your next book!

PeasandCucumbers Sat 11-Jan-14 10:02:22

I also finished this last night. I really enjoyed it but agree with those who say it is too long, the story could definitely be told in a lot less pages!! I was hoping that it wouldn't have a really weak ending as that irritates me so much and I was not disappointed, I really liked the ending

Cantdothisagain Sat 11-Jan-14 08:35:16

I've just finished the Goldfinch. I agree with the pp who said that it reads as a more mature work than The Secret History and the characters work well. But it was utterly marred for me by the sheer length - it really really needed editing. I found myself skim reading.

bishbashboosh Thu 02-Jan-14 16:30:03

This is next in my list after The Little Friend! Can't wait ....

HopeForTheBest Thu 02-Jan-14 16:05:52

I'm about 1/3 of the way through (also on Kindle) and seriously considering giving up as I hate it so much.

Agree with Caitlin17, it's boring and seriously in need of an editor - there is so much waffling on about nothing at all. And it seems to be a mix of styles as if it was actually supposed to be a number of different novels that have been squashed into one.

I loved The Secret History so much, but didn't really get on with The Little Friend. I suspect that for me, at least, Donna Tartt is something of a one-hit wonder sad

Caitlin17 Thu 02-Jan-14 02:06:47

Just finished it.Bored, bored, bored and very irritated by it. So glad I only spent £1.99 on it as a Kindle deal of the day.

Extremely annoyed that bloody Julie Myerson might actually not for once be wrong.

My goodness that is a book in need of an editor and some realistic characters.

BsshBossh Wed 01-Jan-14 19:22:41

I got the hardback for Christmas but kept wanting to read it in the middle of the night so ended up downloading it on my Kindle Paperwhite! Such an absorbing story and absolutely cannot be rushed because every sentence is exquisite. I loved Secret History and was bored by Little Friend, but this one stands up, in my humble opinion, as a classic of modern literature.

Cocolepew Wed 01-Jan-14 19:13:08

The Goldfinch is £1.99 on the Kindle atm.

Best1sWest Wed 01-Jan-14 19:10:10

Just finished it too. Loved the first two thirds but thought it went a bit downhill towards the end. I got a bit lost (which means I will have to re-read it).

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