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#FridayBookShare – Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch
January 6, 2017, 1:00 pm
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Welcome to my first Friday Book Share! This weekly “game” was created by Shelley Wilson with the goal of giving bloggers a chance to share some of their favorite books. The rules go something like this:

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Questions? No? Good. Off we go!

The Book: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

I’ve read both of Tartt’s other books (The Secret History is one of my favorites), and when a friend of mine told me this was her book club’s next read, I demanded to be allowed to participate.

I’m only about forty pages in, but so far it’s living up to my expectations.

First line of the book

While I was still in Amsterdam, I dreamed about my mother for the first time in years.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb

Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity.

It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the criminal underworld.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love–and his talisman, the painting, places him at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch is a novel of striking narrative energy and power. It combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense, while plumbing with ap hilosopher’s calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is a beautiful, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.

Introduce the main character using only three words

Since I’m only 5 percent into the book, I can’t be too insightful. But my words are:

  • Motherless
  • Melancholy
  • Poetic

Delightful Design (the book’s cover image)

I’ll do you three better than just the cover image!

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#fridaybookshare reading recommendations

This is how far I am. Not too impressive.

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Proof in a hot tub.

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Audience appeal (who would enjoy this book?)

Readers who cherish beautiful language would enjoy Donna Tartt in general.

This book’s not really a feel-good one (from what I can tell), so if you want to feel warm and fuzzy while reading, I’d say skip this one.

Your favorite line/scene

So far, my favorite passage is:

“Well, the Dutch invented the microscope,” she said. “They were jewelers, grinders of lenses. They want it all as detailed as possible because even the tiniest things mean something. Whenever you see flies or insects in a still life–a wilted petal, a black spot on the apple–the painter is giving you a secret message. He’s telling you that living things don’t last–it’s all temporary. Death in life. That’s why they’re called natures mortes. Maybe you don’t see it at first with all the beauty and bloom, the little speck of rot. But if you look closer–there it is.”

What do you think? Is The Goldfinch a tome you’d want to read?

*Heads up: if you click on the links to purchase any of the mentioned books from Amazon, know that I’m an affiliate. Your purchase will help me keep this blog going (i.e., I’ll earn money to buy books that I will then write about).*


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