Review - The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

By Carmen, 29 April 2020
My Copy of the Book

Year Published: 2013

Genre: Literary Fiction


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 a 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 a wealthy and insular art community.

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.

About the Author:

Donna Tartt was born in Greenwood, Mississippi and is a graduate of Bennington College. She is the author of the novels The Secret History and The Little Friend, which have been translated into thirty languages.

Connect with the Author:

Facebook: Donna Tartt (Fan Moderated) Facebook

Buy the Book:

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My Take on the Book:

Theo was a complex character – on the whole, he was someone who had decent character, but that made some not-so-great choices. I enjoyed coming to know him as a character, as well as by the end of the book, him coming to a place where he had a bit of a happy medium going on – I felt it was a decent ending. I ended up giving this leisurely book a four star rating.

Last Word:

I’ve enjoyed all of Donna Tartt’s books in different ways and for different reasons. My favourite is probably ‘The Secret History’, with ‘The Little Friend’ and ‘The Goldfinch’ being different parts of character driven novels. I hope to read more of her works in the future.