The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

This book is really long but also really good.

It’s about Theo Decker, who loses his mom in a museum explosion when he’s thirteen: it’s about him after this happens, and a painting called the goldfinch (that actually exists in real life), and you’ll be hooked from the first few pages. You’d expect it to get boring quite quickly after what you’d assume to be the most climatic event in the book happens so soon, but the 800 pages are filled with very, very gripping writing.

It takes a while to read: there are lots of characters and lots of different sections and a fair amount of tragedy. Well, a more-than-fair amount of tragedy: Decker goes through a lot. You end up quite attached to him and all the supporting characters as well, because in a book that long you sort of get to know and love them…some of it is a little bit draggy but it’s minimal. Generally the whole thing was just wonderful, I loved it. Donna Tartt has really addictive writing and the book looks a bit daunting at first, but you just sort of fly through it once you get started.

It’s aimed at older readers, but I loved it – I’ve recommended it to basically everyone. This has definitely earned a spot on my favourites list!


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