Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

Donna Tartt's, The Secret History, definitely goes under the listing of one of my favorite books.  It is one of the few books that the entire family has read, some of us several times over.  

Tartt's second book, The Little Friend, was disappointing.  Tartt has been consistent in writing one book every ten years so I was thrilled when that book came out after savoring The Secret History for years.

The Goldfinch takes her story telling to a whole other level.  The book is beautifully written including well researched.  I finished the book but am looking forward to reading it again.  I rarely read a book a second time.  I can literally go over the book in my head as if I am recalling a movie I saw.  She describes each character, each city, each painting, each meal in such a way that I can visualize everything.  

The story is long yet it goes too quick.  It is an amazing book and one that I will continue to think about until I dive back into to the book again.  

Comments (Archived):

  1. AMT Editorial Staff

    2x & 764 pages. That says a lot. I just ordered for my mom who devours books. This may be a bit of a push for the No-Flake book club.

    1. Gotham Gal

      a seriously worthy read

  2. Leslie

    Donna once obliged by Dad (who’s owned a bookstore in Evanston Il for 34 years), by laying down on the floor while he chalked her feigned dead outline. I have not read her but she’s on my (way too long} list! Thanks,L

  3. denmeade

    I really enjoyed The Goldfinch. I tend to go through phases where there’s more non-fiction than fiction in my reading pile but there have been some wonderful novels published lately – The Lowland (Jhumpa Lahiri), The Luminaries (Eleanor Catton) and The Signature of All Things (Elizabeth Gilbert) are others that I’ve enjoyed over the past few months.

  4. emmastia

    So thrilled to hear such positive comments about the book. I cannot wait to devour it. Like Joanne, secret history is one of my all time faves and I was so disappointed with Little Friend.Denmeade, the other books you mentioned are all high on my list too.

  5. c.edwards

    This blog author needs to learn to spell the author’s name. It is Tartt, not Tart!

    1. Gotham Gal

      you are correct.