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The Goldfinch

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The Goldfinch is a tome. I started yesterday morning and managed about 200 pages thus far. The story, about a 13-year-old boy who survived an explosion in a New York museum that killed his mother, is a slow-churned one. Unlike the lackluster Little Friend, this one (at least for now) feels like an all-nighter (but I won’t stay up all night unless I’m on vacation). It’s an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and machinations of fate. By old-fashioned, I mean a continuous progression of a story front that hooks the reader. This modest boy has just lost his mother in a tragedy. He is left without a guardian since his father had long abandoned him and his mom. It’s very Dickens-ish but more modern in scope. There is no better thing than to immerse in a good book of which every page intrigues. It’s a change from literary fiction and mind-boggling mysteries.

7 Responses

  1. I’ve been interested in getting into this one for a while. Sounds interesting to me! Thanks for sharing, and if you’re ever in the market for some other awesome reviews and musings be sure to follow. Thanks!!!

  2. The Goldfinch ended up being a fave of mine. Stick with it because the writing just gets better and better.

  3. I loved this book, too!

  4. I kindled this one awhile ago, but haven’t been in the mood to read it just yet. However, I’m thinking it might be nice to start it and linger over it – sounds like its a book worth reading bit by bit. Hope you enjoy it!

  5. I also loved this book and really like it so much better than “Little Friend” which just fell flat for me.

  6. And I had my eye on a cheap secondhand copy of Little Friend!

    I’m going to write about The Goldfinch at length soon because it’s inexplicably enjoyable. Boris, as a character, is a treat.

  7. I’d been wondering about whether to get this one, so thanks for the help!

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