The Resource The goldfinch, Donna Tartt

The goldfinch, Donna Tartt

Label
The goldfinch
Title
The goldfinch
Statement of responsibility
Donna Tartt
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The author of the classic bestsellers The Secret History and The Little Friend returns with a brilliant, highly anticipated new novel. A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend's family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld. Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America, and a drama of almost unbearable acuity and power. It is a story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the enormous power of art"--
Storyline
Pace
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2014
  • Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, 2014.
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2013.
  • LibraryReads Favorites, 2013
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2013
  • Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 2014.
Review
  • Fans of The Secret History will rediscover the Tartt they loved back in 1992. Readers who love the novelist for her richly developed, dark, multi-layered characters and thoroughly researched topics will not be disappointed. Tartt pulls together many threads of a story across a long span of pages and into a complete masterpiece. -- Kim Dorman, Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ. (LibraryReads, October 2013)
  • Donna Tartt’s latest novel clocks in at an unwieldy 784 pages. The story begins with an explosion at the Metropolitan Museum that kills narrator Theo Decker’s beloved mother and results in his unlikely possession of a Dutch masterwork called The Goldfinch. Shootouts, gangsters, pillowcases, storage lockers, and the black market for art all play parts in the ensuing life of the painting in Theo’s care. With the same flair for suspense that made The Secret History (1992) such a masterpiece, The Goldfinch features the pulp of a typical bildungsroman—Theo’s dissolution into teenage delinquency and climb back out, his passionate friendship with the very funny Boris, his obsession with Pippa (a girl he first encounters minutes before the explosion)—but the painting is the novel’s secret heart. Theo’s fate hinges on the painting, and both take on depth as it steers Theo’s life. Some sentences are clunky (“suddenly” and “meanwhile” abound), metaphors are repetitive (Theo’s mother is compared to birds three times in 10 pages), and plot points are overly coincidental (as if inspired by TV), but there’s a bewitching urgency to the narration that’s impossible to resist. Theo is magnetic, perhaps because of his well-meaning criminality. The Goldfinch is a pleasure to read; with more economy to the brushstrokes, it might have been great. Agent: Amanda Urban, ICM. (Oct. 22) --Staff (Reviewed July 29, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 30, p)
  • In Tartt's much-anticipated latest, following 1992's The Secret History and 2002's The Little Friend , young Theo survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, he lives with a friend's family in New York, where his obsession with a small painting that reminds him of his mother leads him to the art underworld. With a 250,000-copy first printing and what's billed as a social media extravaganza. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed May 1, 2013) (Library Journal, vol 138, issue 8, p59)
  • /* Starred Review */ A long-awaited, elegant meditation on love, memory and the haunting power of art. Tartt (The Little Friend, 2002, etc.) takes a long time, a decade or more, between novels. This one, her third, tells the story of a young man named Theodore Decker who is forced to grapple with the world alone after his mother--brilliant, beautiful and a delight to be around--is felled in what would seem to be an accident, if an explosion inside a museum can be accidental. The terrible wreckage of the building, a talismanic painting half buried in plaster and dust, "the stink of burned clothes, and an occasional soft something pressing in on me that I didn't want to think about"--young Theo will carry these things forever. Tartt's narrative is in essence an extended footnote to that horror, with his mother becoming ever more alive in memory even as the time recedes: not sainted, just alive, the kind of person Theo misses because he can't tell her goofy things (his father taking his mistress to a Bon Jovi concert in Las Vegas, for instance: "It seemed terrible that she would never know this hilarious fact") as much as for any other reason. The symbolic echoes Tartt employs are occasionally heavy-handed, and it's a little too neat that Theo discovers the work of the sublime Dutch master Carel Fabritius, killed in a powder blast, just before the fateful event that will carry his mother away. Yet it all works. "All the rest of it is lost--everything he ever did," his mother quietly laments of the little-known artist, and it is Theo's mission as he moves through life to see that nothing in his own goes missing. Bookending Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, this is an altogether lovely addition to what might be called the literature of disaster and redemption. The novel is slow to build but eloquent and assured, with memorable characters, not least a Russian cracker-barrel philosopher who delivers a reading of God that Mordecai Richler might applaud. A standout--and well worth the wait.(Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2013)
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Awards note
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 2014.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10220639
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Tartt, Donna
Dewey number
  • 813/.54
  • 813.509384
Index
no index present
Interest level
  • Grades 9-12
  • UG
LC call number
PS3570.A657
LC item number
G65 2013
Literary form
novels
Reading level
  • 6.6
  • 6.6
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Young men
  • Loss (Psychology)
  • Artists
  • Self-realization
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Self-acceptance
  • Survival
  • Friendship
  • Family life
  • Art
  • Artists
  • Loss (Psychology)
  • Self-realization
  • Young men
  • New York (State)
Label
The goldfinch, Donna Tartt
Link
http://www.littlebrown.com
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Boy with a skull -- the anatomy lesson -- park avenue -- morphine lollipop -- badr al-dine -- wind, sand and stars -- the-shop-behind-the-shop -- the-shop-behind-the-shop, continued -- everything of possibility -- the idiot -- the gentleman's canal -- the rendezvous point
Control code
ocn855491725
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
771 pages
Isbn
9780316258821
Lccn
2013028907
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40022875690
System control number
(OCoLC)855491725
Label
The goldfinch, Donna Tartt
Link
http://www.littlebrown.com
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Boy with a skull -- the anatomy lesson -- park avenue -- morphine lollipop -- badr al-dine -- wind, sand and stars -- the-shop-behind-the-shop -- the-shop-behind-the-shop, continued -- everything of possibility -- the idiot -- the gentleman's canal -- the rendezvous point
Control code
ocn855491725
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
771 pages
Isbn
9780316258821
Lccn
2013028907
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40022875690
System control number
(OCoLC)855491725

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