The GoldfinchBook - 2013
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And last but certainly not least – currently reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I’ve put off reading this because it’s such a long book and seemed really intimidating but it is the perfect summer book- funny, serious, addicting, all rolled into one… --Robin
KateyC Mar 24, 2015
This is a fascinating coming of age novel.
A boy is captivated by a small painting that reminds him of his mother, who died unexpectedly in an accident.
Enough slacking, it's time to read this. Sure it's almost 800 pages long but you'll be through it in no time.
Tartt channels Dickens and in the process conjures up a character named Boris that you'll never forget.
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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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