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Old 12-05-2013, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I have it on my kindle but I'm not ready for it just yet. I have to be in the right mindset to take on such a long book. I also am not in the mood right now to undertake something that I think will be so glorious.

I will read it but probably not until January.
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Old 12-06-2013, 09:54 AM
 
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You guys got me so interested in this book, I ordered it the other day!
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Old 12-06-2013, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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You guys got me so interested in this book, I ordered it the other day!
If you never read her book The Secret History, do yourself a favor and read it.
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Old 12-06-2013, 11:05 AM
 
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I ordered three books all by her just the other day.
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Old 12-06-2013, 03:28 PM
 
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I ordered three books all by her just the other day.
Ooooh, I never got through that "friend" one... that was a stinky-poo.
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Old 12-06-2013, 03:49 PM
 
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I'm reading The Goldfinch right now so I'm trying not to read any of the comments, because I don't want to know what happens. But I will say that I'm enjoying it a bunch. (I clearly lack Ketabcha's literary review skills!)
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Old 12-11-2013, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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I'm reading The Goldfinch right now so I'm trying not to read any of the comments, because I don't want to know what happens. But I will say that I'm enjoying it a bunch. (I clearly lack Ketabcha's literary review skills!)
I am as well but regret I didn't wait until I'm on vacation over Christmas where I could sit in a comfy chair for a few hours and read it with no distractions
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Old 12-11-2013, 10:59 AM
 
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Ooooh, I never got through that "friend" one... that was a stinky-poo.
Wow, I'm loving it so far (The Little Friend). Maybe it's because I just finished a not-so-well written book, and this one is really well written.
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Old 12-11-2013, 12:31 PM
 
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I am as well but regret I didn't wait until I'm on vacation over Christmas where I could sit in a comfy chair for a few hours and read it with no distractions
I completely understand that. I almost brought it to work with me today but I thought about how it would be calling my name all day and didn't want that.

I'm about 75% of the way through. Sometimes I think it's a little slow and draggy, but the characters are so complex and well-drawn and it's such an intriguing tale that I can't wait to get home and be done with dinner and all that so I can get back to it.
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:14 AM
 
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I finished The Goldfinch and can't stop thinking about it. It's the first book in a long time that makes me feel forlorn because the characters aren't real. I'd like to know that Theo, Boris and Hobie were all really out there.

It wasn't perfect. It's probably about 100 pages too long--the ruminations on the nature of love, friendship, goodness, evil, the role of art in life--go on seemingly forever at times. It's also a little uneven, bouncing from a coming-of-age tale, to an "Oceans Eleven" type of romp, down to the depths of despair over the most grievous losses, and lots of places in between. But the scope of it is so big, and the characters so well-drawn, that even with its imperfections I loved it and am sure I'll read it again some day.

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