The Goldfinch

A young New Yorker grieving his mother's death is pulled into a gritty underworld of art and wealth in this "extraordinary" and beloved Pulitzer Prize winner that "connects with the heart as well as the mind" (Stephen King, 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 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.
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. From the streets of New York to the dark corners of the art underworld, this "soaring masterpiece" examines the devastating impact of grief and the ruthless machinations of fate (Ron Charles, Washington Post).

The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt Summary

Goldfinch may refer to: The bird species from the genus Carduelis: European goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis Any of the following bird species from the genus Spinus: American goldfinch, Spinus tristis Lawrence's goldfinch, Spinus lawrencei Lesser goldfinch, Spinus psaltria Distelfink, a goldfinch in Pennsylvania Dutch folk art Gloster Goldfinch, a British fighter aircraft The Goldfinch (painting), a 1654 painting by Carel Fabritius The Goldfinch (novel), a 2013 novel by Donna Tartt The Goldfinch (film), a 2019 film based on the novel..

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Shallow boring and repulsive1 star

One of the worst books I’ve read. I can’t understand its popularity. I can only guess the good reviews come from those who quit reading after the first few chapters as the book starts well but than gets boring, predictable and you grow to hate the protagonist as a truly despicable person. 15

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The Goldfinch5 star

The best book I’ve ever read. Period. I love the stream of consciousness ramblings of the mind of a boy, then man, steeped in guilt and self loathing. Really felt like I was inside Theo’s head. Part Less Than Zero, part 21st centuryDickens. I loved it, and will miss these characters for a long, long time. 55


The Goldfinch5 star

I watched the trailer of this upcoming movie and decided to read the book first to get to know it and think that is good book that I recommend to read :) 55


Floorjack1 star

I hope that when the reviewer “floor jack” runs out of their pain pills or can’t get anymore, that they realize what a “pathetic” piece of crap they actually are. This book brought home so many of the issues that young people have to face nowadays, “like addiction” And depression And lose so deep it claws at your heart every second of everyday! And you would do anything to just quite it for a bit, for some respite from the pain. 15


Too many details3 star

It’s a good story. However, it has too many details that in my opinion don’t add anything to the story. 35


The Goldfinch1 star

This book could have been 1000 pages shorter. I never thought it would end. 15


Goldfinch4 star

This was an interesting read. It was a drug-induced ride through adolescence into early adulthood, a narrative of a boy’s life as he grew up with a tragic childhood. Lots of rambling, pages on pages of descriptive situations, that would normally be annoying,but somehow kept you wanting to read more! The details in this book were enthralling and mesmerizing. 45



One of the top 5 books I’ve read in my life. Could not stop reading and was nearly impossible to put down each night. Truly a masterpiece. 55


A beautiful way to explain loss5 star

The Goldfinch has a way to teach you about how to recover and move on when the smoke clears. This book is a representation to how losing someone by death shouldn't make you lose yourself. Your best way to honor that person and recover is to live your life and also cherish the beautiful things you discover. 55

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Do not understand why this is popular!1 star

Two people recommended this to me and, sadly, I thought it was a weak story that was depressing and repetitive. Very disappointed - it took me a couple of months to finish cause I just could never get into it. 15

S Caroline

Compelling and cruel5 star

The last few pages tell it all - what are any of us and why are we all "collectors" - how art shapes us and changes us in minuscule and grand ways - yet it all comes down to a certain death. There is no escape. 55


Extraordinary, beautiful, but not out of reach5 star

I almost didn't read this. When it won the Pulitzer, I really feared that it would be boring, dry, or tedious. It was none of these things. It was an amazing story that I'm grateful to have read. My only regret was that it had to end. It is truly extraordinary. 55


Wonderful but too verbose at times5 star

Considering how long it is I read it quite fast and found the story very engrossing. There are some areas that are too verbose/overly descriptive which I tended to skim over. Still, this is a must read! 55

QC Reader

Good, but in need of editing3 star

The Goldfinch is an entertaining book, but I couldn't help but think as I finished it that it could have been 300 pages shorter. The characters are well developed, but many of them seem to lack purpose. Without giving away too much this book can really be separated into the first half covering Theo's teenage years and the second half covering the adult years. The first half of the book is really interesting and entertaining and it really should have wrapped up there. The second half is definitely a slog and is ultimately unsatisfying. You might like the second half if you're really into art, but, for me, wading through the second half really started to feel like a chore. 35


Great Read5 star

Could not stop reading. An amazing book. 55


Not my cup of tea...1 star

I just spent half my vacation trying to read this book. The story started off interesting, but I had to stop reading with 300 pages left. I found it way too self absorbed, wordy and boring. 15

Long legion

Time well spent5 star

An engrossing book With good characters and story line. A thoughtfully written book That could have been tightened up a bit, but compared to most current fiction, it's a masterpiece 55

Nic Aodha

Rambling & tedious1 star

Don't bother... 15

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