Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2014 and is a compelling novel about one troubled man's descent into a criminal underworld.
Theo Decker survives an accident when he's 13 that tears his life apart. Alone in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Constantly longing for his mother, he finds himself clinging to the thing that reminds him of her most - a small and strangely captivating painting that ultimately drives him into crime and danger...
With unforgettable characters, plenty of suspense and a storyline you won't want to end, The Goldfinch is a powerful tale of love, loss and obsession, survival and self-invention and the inevitability of fate.
An excellent novel... ten years in the writing, this really deserves its Pulitzer Prize.
An accomplished novel which is huge in scope but extremely readable, this kept me from doing much else, including sleeping, until I had finished it. Donna Tartt is just so good at the details, the little things that make her characters so credible.
I don't normally do online book reviews, but I felt I had to redress the false impression created by the misleading review posted about this novel. Having read Tartt's previous novels The Secret History and The Little Friend, I can safely say The Goldfinch is by far her most accomplished literary creation. Tartt is a once-a-decade writer, but her novels are well worth the long wait. Theo Decker is a very complex character, brilliantly drawn by Tartt as he goes on an epic journey to first lose himself and eventually find who he really is. The diverse range of characters and settings is mind blowing. What makes this novel so utterly engrossing is Tartts clever literary trick of combining minute detail with page-turning suspense. It really doesnt feel like an 800+ page novel. This, in my mind, is a must read. Perhaps one of the Great American Novels. And dont forget, it did win the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction!
Paul E, 08/11/2014
Having read and really enjoyed the author's previous novel, The Little Friend and found the topic and quality of the writing to be excellent, quite haunting and lyrical, I was bought this with high expectation but have been really disappointed. This story is way overblown for me - the narrative is meandering and quite boring in places so I found myself skimming over sections trying to find where the plot going to be moved forward. Given the main theme was about loss this was so pervasive it became a very long, grim read. Not for me I am afraid.