The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch

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"The author of the classic bestsellers The Secret History and The Little Friend returns with a brilliant, highly anticipated new novel. A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend's family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld. Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America, and a drama of almost unbearable acuity and power. It is a story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the enormous power of art"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Back Bay Books, Little Brown and Company, 2015
Edition: First Back Bay paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780316055444
0316055441
9780316055437
0316055433
9780316242370
0316242373
Branch Call Number: FICTION Tar
Description: 771 pages ; 24 cm

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"Theo Decker survives a terrorist attack on the Metropolitan Museum, steals the titular painting, is shipped out west to live with his ne’er-do-well father, does drugs with his bff, kidnaps his stepmother’s dog, escapes back to NYC, is taken in by his mentor/father figure (who teaches him ho... Read More »

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ssfdunn
Sep 15, 2019

Saw this movie yesterday and I must say it is one of the best I have ever seen, definitely the best so far this year. Acting, writing, direction, production are all first rate.

I did find the book dragged in parts but overall a fascinating premise for the plot and a memorable read.

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fionajay
Sep 08, 2019

Movie release September 2019

OPL_ErinD Sep 08, 2019

So often books aim to punch you in the heart on the last few pages, leaving you a bit wounded. By contrast, THE GOLDFINCH had me in tears shortly after I cracked the cover but reading it through to the end was like a journey of healing.

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vega6e
Aug 19, 2019

There is a reason it won the Pulitzer Prize.

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Ulrike4
Aug 12, 2019

One of my favorite books of all times. Wonderfully written and as I did care for the characters the story was very engaging. Can't wait for Donna Tartt's next book.

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sisson_pam
Aug 06, 2019

David Pittu performed the narration of The Goldfinch masterfully and flawlessly created each of the many characters with his voice!! I forgot why I had this on my list of books because drugs, addiction, crime, child abuse, violence etc. are not my thing. Action and intrigue filled the initial 2/3 to 3/4 of the book and in spite of my discomfort in listening to it, I was hooked by the colorful detail, style of writing and needed to know what would happen next. I felt it was hugely disjointed between the beginning and the end which turned into some philosophical treatise, thoughts of Theo, the main character. I became strongly invested in the lives of the characters and was disappointed not to be presented the 'what happened to everyone.' Having said that, I guess we were presented with a suggestion of what happened to Theo and his interesting friend, Boris. Maybe that was good enough. Lots I did not like or enjoy, frequently wished I would just turn it off and move on to a good book, but having said that, I gave this book a 4/4 star rating...I love the talk about art, furniture craftsmanship, the world of art and antiques and think I was incredibly lucky to have listened to it on a road trip!! pls

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ehogan12
Jul 17, 2019

Have to say I slogged through this one. Nearly 800 pages, could have been done in half that. While I was determined to finish I finally gave up with 25 pages left...couldn’t read another word.

I am a character driven reader but I stopped caring about any of the characters at about page 400. Maybe the movie will be better, if anything, shorter.

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nalahblueberry5
Jun 10, 2019

I think you have to have time to spend with this book, know going in it's going to be a slowly developing plot involving unlikeable characters with bad habits. I DID skip through some of the descriptions and still enjoyed it. Not for everyone. If I read nothing but this type of novel, I would not be happy; but I spent a week with Theo, Boris and Kitsey, and really enjoyed myself. Would I edit it? Oh yes. Not the first novel I've read that needed some shortening, in my opinion.

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Truffalo
Apr 22, 2019

It took me a while to find the wisdom within this title, but it was worth the effort. For me, great art exists to offset "the bedrock atrocity of the human predicament." I am certainly "...part of the history of people who have loved beautiful things, and looked out for them...sought them...and tried to preserve them..."

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gabym17
Apr 17, 2017

“When you feel homesick,’ he said, ‘just look up. Because the moon is the same wherever you go.”

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fallonbenner
Jun 16, 2015

“Caring too much for objects can destroy you. Only—if you care for a thing enough, it takes on a life of its own, doesn’t it? And isn’t the whole point of things—beautiful things—that they connect you to some larger beauty?”

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KateyC
Jun 26, 2014

Why does it cost so much, a thing like from kindergarten class? 'Ugly Blob.' 'Black Stick with Tangles." - Boris

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jimg2000
Apr 13, 2014

That life -- whatever else it is – is short. That fate is cruel but maybe not random. That Nature (meaning Death) always wins but that doesn’t mean we have to bow and grovel to it. … It is a glory and a privilege to love what Death doesn’t touch (the Goldfinch painting). For if disaster and oblivion have followed this painting down through time – so too has love….

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LauraM185
Jan 21, 2014

"A great sorrow, and one that I am only beginning to understand: we don’t get to choose our own hearts. We can’t make ourselves want what’s good for us or what’s good for other people. We don’t get to choose the people we are."

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siammarino Sep 22, 2014

Leo is in a museum in New York City when a terrorist sets off a bomb. Alive but stunned, Leo comforts a dying man who gives him a ring with instructions where to take it, and then he grabs a valuable painting of a goldfinch and makes his way out of the museum and home. His mother has died in the bombing, and his life from then on revolves around the painting, the girl Pippa who alerted him to the bomb, Pippa's uncle Hobie who takes in Teo and teaches him to restore antiques, and Boris who is just bad news. This is the story of the power of great artworks to grab you soul and not let go. It is also a powerful reminder of the plight of children who lose their parents, or whose parents don't care for them.

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