THE GOLDFINCH (PAPERBACK)
Donna Tartts book, The Goldfinch is the flavour of the season and with all the right reasons. I remember reading, The Secret History with great wonder and finishing it almost in a day. The Goldfinch is a step beyond anything she has ever written earlier.
The Goldfinch is about art and humanity and at a very deeper level; it is also about love and its redemptive power in uncanny and strange ways. At the centre of the book are Theo Decker and his strange life from his mothers accident to his transportation to a world unknown to him and to his downfall.
Tartts writing is beyond superlative. At no point did I feel that the book was too long for its seven hundred and twelve pages. In fact, if anything, I thought it was too short. The writing is at no point boring or repetitive. Tartt takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride and back and only leaves you wanting more. Read it to find out what the book is all about.
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 one thing that 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.