Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt


This is 21st Century Dickens. The story of a tough, thoughtful kid bouncing from place to place in the wake of societal upheaval. Crazy and memorable supporting characters, that will almost surely get two or three actors an Oscar nomination when the movie comes out. Like Dickens, The Goldfinch is loved by adoring fans and loathed by snobbish critics. Count me among the former.

The Golfinch has been criticized in some publications for imprecise language. Perhaps. But it also has some incredibly moving passages and pretty wonderful folk wisdom. It's not afraid to bend genres- at times a social commentary on a grand scale, in other moments a young adult novel, at its most exciting0 an adventure yarn.

Highly recommended - especially for Dickens fans, art-history lovers, and New Yorkers.

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