Saturday, February 08, 2014
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
It happens once and a while: you find a book that's completely absorbing. The Goldfinch is one of those books, in my opinion. It's a book that's hard to put down and when it's finished you want to tell everyone to read it.
The story centers around Theo Decker, a thirteen-year old and his mother who at the beginning of the novel are visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. A tragedy strikes (you'll have to read the book) and Theo is left to figure things out from then on. His father isn't in the picture, having left Theo and his mother years ago; so essentially Theo is an orphan. The rest of the novel deals with Theo moving from one strange environment to another, trying to cope with his loss and protect the artistic treasure that he "found" (once again I won't divulge).
There's action (though not non-stop), interesting characters and great descriptive passages. Overall, The Goldfinch is an absorbing read and highly recommended.