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Mar 18, 2019Byond rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
Ms. Tartt has repeatedly avowed that the fun is primary. If she is not having fun writing it, the reader isn't going to either. On the other hand, somebody is taking her seriously; nearly eight hundred pages. My case attests to her…
Feb 25, 2019kmobuckeye rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
About 10 hours in, the story is interesting but has not hooked me to a point that I am itching to get through the next 22 hours. So sadly, I will wait for the movie.
Feb 13, 2019Alyssa_RR rated this title 1 out of 5 stars
Dry. Slow. I know it has won awards- apparently not my book style.
Jan 15, 2019kafkakat rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
Perhaps it is just my tastes, but this novel just wasn’t worth my while to finish. I simply didn’t care anymore about what happened to the characters. I read quite a bit, I am patient, this novel came recommended, I am not sure why it won…
Jan 06, 2019
I echo a few of the comments I have read here, because I just could not get past the first few chapters of this audiobook, despite it being highly recommended. Meh.
Dec 18, 2018just2ishy rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Someone recently said to me that the goldfinch is complete garbage, I think that is far from the truth. I could see how aspects of this book could be boring to some readers but I was all in from start to finish
Oct 21, 2018agoldsby rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
The beginning, ending and a lot in the middle is a major snoozefest. The editor really dropped the ball on this one. The book is simply too long, for no reason, but hey it won a Pulitzer so what do I know. It took forever to finish and I…
Sep 17, 2018hawaiianpride66 rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
Three people recommended this book to me. I was extremely disappointed. The basic storyline was somewhat interesting, however it was about 200 pages too long. I don't mind reading lengthy books, but half of the words in this one added…
Jun 03, 2018jeanmdavis rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
Another bleak World War II story. Also a long book - over 750 pages.
May 30, 2018jezicuhh rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
I'll give it 3.5 stars instead of 2, but as srd66669 said below: "At first, I thought I had found an interesting book! Although it was over 800 pages, I was optimistic that time spent would be worthwhile. Midway through the story, I found…
Apr 10, 2018Lotushead rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
I love this book. I could not put it down!
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Oct 27, 2017lcraigjones rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This is a great coming-of-age novel for adults. Yes, it is very long, and although I would read frantically through the slow parts in order to reach the next moment of action, I'm not sure I'd prefer it any shorter. I liked how long this…
Oct 13, 2017liteman11 rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Tartt writes brilliantly at times in this novel, and she's clearly a genius. But she has a penchant for including all kinds of irrelevant details that fail to move the story along one iota. This book would have been better if she had left…
Oct 10, 2017jontalk rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
While Donna is a prolific word smith whose vocabulary is PhD level, I find this story a bit slow, long and tedious at times. And while the life of the affluent is interesting as are character names and back story, I can't honestly say this…
Sep 25, 2017
I love Donna Tartt's writing and didn't mind that this book was long -I was completely engrossed from the first page forwards. Her first book "The Secret History" is one of my all-time favourites and this will be too. Highly recommended -…
Jun 28, 2017
You have to commit to this book--it's incredibly long. The story is good, the character development is strong, and you might find yourself discouraged about halfway through because you'll think the editor needed to break out the red pen…
May 27, 2017srd10 rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
At first, I thought I had found an interesting book! Although it was over 800 pages, I was optimistic that time spent would be worthwhile. Midway through the story, I found myself becoming tired of the very long descriptive…
Apr 17, 2017gabym17 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This is one of the most brilliantly written novels out there. I loved it from beginning to end. Donna Tartt just breaks your heart with Theo's life, yet it's filled with so much fun with Boris. I absolutely loved Boris and he's my absolute…
Mar 28, 2017zackary147 rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
At times brilliant; however, indispersed between long sections of very downbeat and depressing self destruction. Overall a intriguing book, but Definitely not for anyone but optimists. One wonderds if perhaps the author was walking in the…
Feb 18, 2017Soundreader rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
From page one I was sucked into the story and world of Theo and could not put the book down. Tartt's descriptions are transporting and her characters, while almost too fantastical to be real, feel real in Theo's upside down world. The…
Jan 20, 2017rheyven rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This book KNOCKED MY SOCKS OFF - an amazing, dizzying, virtuosic feat . I lived every minute of the story with the characters. I did not find it too long, in fact I wanted MORE. I missed the characters for weeks; they had become…
Jan 03, 2017Ash898 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I very much enjoyed the contrast of a not so beautiful story written in the most beautiful way. I loved this book from start to finish, there is something about the way she writes that gripped me even when there wasn't anything…
Nov 19, 2016gamgroves rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
I also found this book to be way too long. Many of the passages are insightful and beautifully written, but by page 600 I found myself skipping through pages until I found the next part of the plot.
Oct 20, 2016ArapahoeSheena rated this title 0.5 out of 5 stars
Despite it's awards and rave reviews I hated this book. I found it so bleak and depressing that I dreaded picking it up. I had to stop reading for my own sanity.
Oct 01, 2016Bookafterbook rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This is a beautifully written novel. Loved the evocative New York references, loved the art and angst. Loved the characters through all their faults, frailties and secrets.