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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…
Feb 08, 2020TEENREVIEWBOARD rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
The Pulitzer prize winning novel, The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt is a masterpiece of modern fiction. It’s angsty tone creates a mood that is relatable to any teen, yet its themes are also very universal. The Goldfinch has a fairly slow pace…
Jan 31, 2020janadbuckley rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
Enjoyable, but too much minutia in the description making it much longer than it needs to be. The setting and emotion could have been accomplished with fewer words. As is, I did not finish the entire text due to this factor.
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Jan 15, 2020andkel rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This book is very good writing and tells a story about how life does not always go as planned. You get caught up in this teenager's life and you just want all the best for him, even as you are reading and know that things are not good for…
Jan 15, 2020
Author is extremely descriptive and detailed. Takes time to read the story.
Jan 09, 2020LynJoan rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
In The Goldfinch I fell in love with the writing style and story telling of Donna Tartt. Of course this book won the Pulitzer Prize! It is astounding. I am not an English major or a novelist, but I found her text to be dense and…
Jan 07, 2020colormeinsunlight rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
You'll either love it or you'll hate it; I don't think many people walk away from this book lukewarm. In the end, I loved it. There is a lot about this book worthy of discussion. I won't attempt it here. I'll say this: you'll probably want…
Dec 22, 2019JETON1234 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
I tried to read this book when it came out but when it got to where he went to live with the low life father and his girlfriend I put it down. I listened again five years later. I still hated the part about him living with his low life…
Dec 17, 2019bibliogramma rated this title 0.5 out of 5 stars
After a promising start this quickly descends into absurd plot development, embarrassing stereotypical characters and repetitive phrases. I finished it for my book group, but it was time wasted.
Dec 08, 2019
Pulitzer prize. 700 plus pages. Orphan raised in wealthy home, drawn to be artist.
Nov 08, 2019
Very good book. I was sad when I finished page 771. I felt like I truly came to know the characters and was a fly on the wall of their lives. I found the story really engrossing and, for me, the detail some readers didn't like made it…
Oct 31, 2019Einer2 rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
I heard that the movie did not get good reviews but maybe because so much of the detail(and yes there is a lot) had to be omitted. Although not my typical genre it was a well told story with incredible character development and I always…
Oct 20, 2019jstrand56 rated this title 0.5 out of 5 stars
Like other reviewers, I could not finish this book, which is rare for me. I read about half of the book, then found myself dreading to pick it up again. Life is short - I gave up.
Oct 05, 2019llongpine rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
A decent plot bogged down by too much descriptive text. It may have a great ending but I simply cannot bring myself to finish this book.
Oct 01, 2019
i have made it to page 506 and can't find it in myself to pick the book back up. The central character is a druggie, lair and a thief. I want to like him, but have no respect for him. I don't allow people like that in my life, so why would…
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.
Sep 12, 2019DanglingConversations rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
I did find the book dragged in parts but overall a fascinating premise for the plot and a memorable read.
Sep 08, 2019
Movie release September 2019
Sep 08, 2019OPL_ErinD rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
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.
Aug 19, 2019vega6e rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
There is a reason it won the Pulitzer Prize.
Aug 12, 2019Ulrike4 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
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.
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.…
Jun 10, 2019nalahblueberry5 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
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…
Apr 22, 2019Truffalo rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
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…
Mar 25, 2019ritarem rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I loved The Gold Finch. I couldn't put it down!