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lets talk about The Goldfinch with loads of spoilers

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LordPalmerston Mon 24-Mar-14 09:45:30

omg the end

HOW SHIT and dull

IMo two bits neede editing: the endless drug bit in Nevada and the last bit - i totally lost it ( and didnt care) who all the amsterdam people were

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Wed 26-Mar-14 21:27:56

I'm SO over Donna disappointing Tartt. Gave up with The Secret History and this one isn't working for me either.

MimsyBorogroves Thu 27-Mar-14 14:33:00

Yep, I thought the last 20% was tedious. Couldn't wait to finish it, which was a shame as I was immersed until that point.

Loved TSH though.

Ubik1 Thu 27-Mar-14 14:35:50

I thought it was just me sad

I downloaded it for a nightshift and got a quarter of the way on

So I read Stoner instead. Which I loved.

bobblypop Thu 27-Mar-14 19:06:05

oh no! shock
I have just finished it and LOVED it! I normally struggle to keep my motivation with longer books but I was absolutely immersed in this. I actually liked the ending too.
I haven't read her other 2 but am going to now.
seems to be a bot of a love or hate book though from reviews I've read...

BOFtastic Thu 27-Mar-14 23:03:48

I thought it was fucking awesome. You are clearly a philistine.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Thu 27-Mar-14 23:21:15

Your expectations are clearly lowwink

BOFtastic Fri 28-Mar-14 00:17:50

I don't think so grin. I would go so far as to say it was the ultimate American Novel. It's got it all in terms of themes, language, post 9/11 consciousness...

If you don't like it, fine- I hated Catch 22. But it's not fair to say it's crap.

BeeBawBabbity Sun 30-Mar-14 00:07:06

Agreed BOF, it wasnt perfect, but even the worst bits were better than most of the stuff I've read in the last year (including Stoner, which I did like). And the good bits were fabulous.

All in all a great read.

IDoAllMyOwnStunts Sun 30-Mar-14 20:39:35

I thought it was great but must admit to speed reading the end. Thought her descriptions of grief were heartbreaking.

Secret History a load of old shite though. What a bunch of tossers, all of them, and so unbelievable.

AgentProvocateur Sun 30-Mar-14 20:53:00

I loved this. I read it in-between Christmas and new year, and I've read about ten books since and none has come close. Wonderful book.

Greythorne Sun 30-Mar-14 21:34:44

How many of you guessed the twist about the painting not being in the lock up place?
I didn't at all!

Burmahere Sun 30-Mar-14 21:38:46

I absolutely loved it, although the bit with the gangsters and shooting did make me do hmm a bit.

The rest of it was brilliant, really loved it. The feeling of loss over his mother still feels heavy in my heart now if that makes sense.

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