The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch

By Donna Tartt

  • Release Date: 2013-10-22
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 556 Ratings
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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.


  • The Goldfinch

    By ns.mona
    I read the book over a period of a few months dipping in and out while studying. I have enjoyed the journey it had taken me on as a reader and the beauty of the art and artistry written about. A journey through bleakness to truth and beauty.
  • Dazzling Detail

    By nikeparis
    I bought two books randomly first book I read was ok, I read the authors questions and answer sections at the back 'what book would you of liked to of written?' 'The Goldfinch' that was the other book I'd bought! Different class of book! It's like a great film you wished you hadn't seen just so you could watch it again to get the same high. When I'd finished Goldfinch I wanted to go over it again to remember some of the text and sayings. Not read a book as good as this for a long time had me gripped from the start and the description of the painting is etched in my mind and the front cover doesn't show it all. Loved every minute of it. Stop reading the reviews and read the book.
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

    By AJ****
    Just read it... Absolutely outstanding writing and an incredible story. A bucket list book!
  • The Goldfinch

    By Troopeydo
    Simply superb, fascinating characters, absorbing storyline throughout, one of my top three books in 2014.
  • Overrated

    By Ozgueler
    When I finished reading this book I did not feel satisfied. It felt monotonous and very repetitive in some chapters and overall it felt unnecessarily long.
  • Amazing!

    By CaMulder
    I have just finished reading it and I'm blown away. Loved every single page of this book and couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. I must read in my opinion.
  • Waffle waffle waffle.

    By Emily Weston
    If this had been looked at by a good editor then it might be half decent.
  • Not bad :)

    By Scattyvampire20
    It's a really good story, though I think it drags out a bit. I mean over 800 pages about a painting? Don't get me wrong I've enjoyed it, but I just felt it was too long.
  • The goldfinch

    By Lily!
    This book starts with a lot of promise, then seems to get lost in the middle with protracted chapters of similar information about drug withdrawal and the main characters inability to cope with life. It doesn't reach a fantastic crescendo and is rather anti climatic.
  • The Goldfinch

    By Lolloloolololol
    Outstanding. All 864 pages of it.