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Jul 26, 2021amber135 rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt tells the life story of Theodore Decker. The novel starts off with a tragic childhood event that ends up greatly impacting the rest of Theo’s life throughout the book. It is a story unlike any story I have ever…
Jun 11, 2021genny1229 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
The novel “The Goldfinch,” by Donna Tartt is about the story of a boy, whose life was changed when his mother died in a terrorist bombing. The book is told from the perspective of the boy, who is named Theodore Decker. Theodore, or "Theo,"…
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…
Mar 25, 2021AlteredStaite rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
This was on the nightstand at my daughter's house and I started it a dozen times and chucked it aside. Then I took it out of the library and did the same. Eventually I brought the doorstop home determined to get it over with—which I did…
Mar 12, 2021AJMoore314 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Finished Jan '21
Jan 25, 2021MrsRedbeard rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Modern day Great Expectations. Excellent read, well written, excellent character development, strongly executed. This is book that you will live not just read. Sadness, loss, grit, unwavering love, it has it all. If you read, you…
Jan 11, 2021jenwan914 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is about a teenage boy named Theodore who lost his mother due to a terrorist attack in a museum at New York. After the death of his mother, he is put into the custody of his father before moving to Las Vegas.…
Jan 10, 2021lukasevansherman rated this title 1.5 out of 5 stars
Some theories about this book: 1. "Donna Tartt" is actually an AI program. 2. Donna Tartt has never actually talked to another human. 3. They will give Pulitzers to anyone these days. 4. She turned the manuscript into her editor, who,…
Oct 30, 2020ReadingintheCorner rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
A beautiful book that is both an incredible journey by the character and a great celebration of how powerful and important art can be.
Oct 30, 2020
Couldn't really get interested in this book so didn't finish it. I don't care for Dickens either and this book is compared to Dickens.
Sep 29, 2020loonylovesgood rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Certainly a compelling story but I definitely had to skim read many parts. The author has a bit of an overly-descriptive and rambling style to her writing that was hard to get through during some parts. But there were many beautiful and…
Sep 15, 2020lizardi rated this title 1 out of 5 stars
I began the book - twice. When I realized I was skimming, I realized I was wasting my time. If the beginning didn't grab me, what hope was there for the rest? In these days of Covid-19 and home-bound because of unhealthy air quality, I…
Sep 15, 2020PrincessLittleFeet rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Basically, a good book, but the author was way too wordy.
Sep 02, 2020
Donna Tartt’s 2013 novel turned film, The Goldfinch, follows New York native Theodore Decker in a journey, of the simplest words, of life, self-discovery, friends, family, and secrets. The Goldfinch starts when Theodore is 13 years of age,…
Aug 24, 2020val1 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Am totally giving this book a five-star rating! Absolutely loved it! It is long but was I was very engaged with it from start to finish. Couldn't stop listening to it so I could find out how it ended! Very well written! Strongly recommend…
Aug 18, 2020jeanie123 rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
It ruined reading for me too sjarrell0, but in a different way. It took me almost a full year to read this book, and I usually read 20 to 30 books a year. While I was "reading" it, I felt like I couldn't really start another book until I…
Jul 27, 2020lledomik rated this title 0.5 out of 5 stars
If you are good at skim reading, you might be able to tolerate this book. It is filled with so much useless description. There are many historical errors that left me distracted and irritated. This sloppiness makes it feel like the…
Jul 21, 2020dirtbag rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Strange, rambling, overly long, but weirdly compelling.
Jun 26, 2020sjarrell0 rated this title 1 out of 5 stars
Ruined reading for me. Could not pick up anything for several months after finishing.
May 22, 2020
After losing his mother in a bombing of the museum they had visited, 13-year old Theo Decker takes a painting with him: The Goldfinch. While suffering through grief and being taken back in by his negligent father, Theo clings to the…
May 22, 2020
A long book but very good!
Apr 22, 2020lmeyrueix4 rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
This is a book I had been wanting to read since my undergraduate days. I will always remember seeing it on my kindle first options and NOT picking it. Shortly thereafter, the book gained popularity. Even a peer in a biochemistry class of…
Mar 11, 2020ladybugg rated this title 0.5 out of 5 stars
As one of the comments stated "you'll either love it or you'll hate it". I'm sorry to say that I belong to the latter. This book was about 600 pages too long if not more. It's about two friends who are heavily into drugs and alcohol more…
Feb 23, 2020blcwrites rated this title 1.5 out of 5 stars
What Donna Tartt needed in this book was a strong, firm editor. It's over written, the Las Vegas section is meaningless and contrived. How it managed to become a "literary" icon is a puzzle to me. This book reminds me of Bel Canto -…
Feb 11, 2020PDBurt rated this title 1 out of 5 stars
This book had way too much detail about mundane things. It would've been ok because of the thoughtful prose and endearing descriptions if those had been in moderation but the expounding about every little detail, i.e. three pages of…