The Goldfinch (Hardback)
  • The Goldfinch (Hardback)

The Goldfinch (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 22/10/2013
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2014 Aged thirteen, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to the thing that most reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld. As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love - and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle. The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power. Combining unforgettably vivid characters and thrilling suspense, it is a beautiful, addictive triumph - a sweeping story of loss and obsession, of survival and self-invention, of the deepest mysteries of love, identity and fate.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781408704943

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“Overly long”

This was bought for me as a birthday gift from one of my daughters because she knows how much I adore goldfinches, and it is the first time I've read a Donna Tartt novel so I have nothing with which to compare... More

Paperback edition
24th August 2014
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“The Goldfinch”

This author certainly takes her time and as you read you feel as if you are living at the same pace. The book keeps you in suspense as to what will happen to a rescued and very valuable painting. It is also about... More

Paperback edition
25th August 2014
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“Wonderful - but skim the middle”

The Goldfinch starts out fantastically and a great pace, and throughout the whole book we're treated to feasts of language, perfect for savouring. However, there's a large part of the middle of the book that... More

Paperback edition
17th February 2015
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