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Apr 26, 2021aling0809 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch will take you on an adventure of epic proportions. I first came across this book shortly after losing a close family member, so I cannot deny that this has had a huge impact on why I still feel so connected to it. Following teenage Theodore Decker, who loses his mother in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Donna Tartt depicts grief in a way that has resonated with me for years now. At a time where I was as young as Theo, and didn’t know how to put words to everything I was feeling, reading this book felt as if Tartt had looked into my heart and put those feelings onto paper, made them into something I could express to others with a little more ease. Fortunately, I don't relate to Theo's mindset so much anymore, but I still adore him as a character. I love the intricate relationships which Theo builds with the other characters in the story, particularly with Boris Pavlikovsky, who in my opinion is the highlight of the novel. The chapters that take place in Las Vegas are a fun diversion from the gloominess of the chapters which surround it while also revealing some of Theo’s repressed feelings and a more honest version of himself. I love this book to pieces although I do find the ending a little anticlimactic, and the length definitely drags in places. But, darn it, I am too attached to the story and to the characters to give it anything less than 5 stars.