The GoldfinchBook - 2013
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
"The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind....Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction."--Stephen King, The New York Times Book Review
Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.
As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love--and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.
The Goldfinch is a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.
Baker & Taylor
Taken in by a wealthy family friend after surviving an accident that killed his mother, 13-year-old Theo Decker tries to adjust to life on Park Avenue, in a novel by the author of The Secret History. Reprint. A Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
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Since its publication in 1992, Donna Tartt’s The Secret History has gone on to become an international bestseller and a cult classic. Tartt herself has since published two other books, both of which have met critical acclaim and success, one of them (remember The Goldfinch?) even winning the famed and hugely prestigious Pulitzer Prize. What is it about the author’s words that inspire such… (more)
Since its publication in 1992, Donna Tartt’s The Secret History has gone on to become an international bestseller and a cult classic. Tartt herself has since published two other books, both of which have met critical acclaim and success, one of them (remember The Goldfinch?) even winning the famed and hugely prestigious Pulitzer Prize. What is it about the author’s words that inspire such dev… (more)
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Cast will include Nicole Kidman and Sarah Paulson
This is more like three books: two separate stories that get linked up in the final part.
October 15, 2015. Great book! Well deserved Pulitzer Prize
The favorite book I read in 2015 was The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt mainly because of the portrayal of Boris and his friendship with Theo. Matt
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“When you feel homesick,’ he said, ‘just look up. Because the moon is the same wherever you go.”
“Caring too much for objects can destroy you. Only—if you care for a thing enough, it takes on a life of its own, doesn’t it? And isn’t the whole point of things—beautiful things—that they connect you to some larger beauty?”
Why does it cost so much, a thing like from kindergarten class? 'Ugly Blob.' 'Black Stick with Tangles." - Boris
That life -- whatever else it is – is short. That fate is cruel but maybe not random. That Nature (meaning Death) always wins but that doesn’t mean we have to bow and grovel to it. … It is a glory and a privilege to love what Death doesn’t touch (the Goldfinch painting). For if disaster and oblivion have followed this painting down through time – so too has love….
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Leo is in a museum in New York City when a terrorist sets off a bomb. Alive but stunned, Leo comforts a dying man who gives him a ring with instructions where to take it, and then he grabs a valuable painting of a goldfinch and makes his way out of the museum and home. His mother has died in the bombing, and his life from then on revolves around the painting, the girl Pippa who alerted him to the bomb, Pippa's uncle Hobie who takes in Teo and teaches him to restore antiques, and Boris who is just bad news. This is the story of the power of great artworks to grab you soul and not let go. It is also a powerful reminder of the plight of children who lose their parents, or whose parents don't care for them.
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