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Old 01-15-2014, 12:47 PM
 
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I'm at about 85% and still love it. Yes, she is tangential with descriptiveness, but when it's well written, I like that. I think I described it before as "I like to roll around naked in the author's words, to the point where I sometimes forget there's a plot I have to pick up and follow."
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Old 01-15-2014, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Finally finished!! All though I loved Theo, Hobie and Boris and forced myself to finish to find out the outcome, this book was way to wordy and cumbersome for my tastes.
Wordy and cumbersome aptly describes The Little Friend. Even with the excellent writing, I simply cannot stand so much sidetracking and diversion in a book and stopped about 40% into the book. I gave up even caring what happened to any of the characters. I really liked The Secret History and hope to start Goldfinchsoon.
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Old 01-17-2014, 03:00 PM
 
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I just finished The Goldfinch last night, and I'm kind of sad about it being over.


I was also glad that Tartt did actually end the book in a satisfying way, unlike The Little Friend.
This is not a spoiler; I just wanted to include that info for the people who might not want to invest the time in the book, only to be painfully unsatisfied at the end. This book was worth the journey.
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Old 01-17-2014, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I just finished The Goldfinch last night, and I'm kind of sad about it being over.


I was also glad that Tartt did actually end the book in a satisfying way, unlike The Little Friend.
This is not a spoiler; I just wanted to include that info for the people who might not want to invest the time in the book, only to be painfully unsatisfied at the end. This book was worth the journey.
I thought so too.
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Old 04-10-2014, 07:11 PM
 
Location: So Ca
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I'm about 2/3 of the way through this book. I can't put it down, although parts of it are very disturbing. Tartt is a beautiful writer, and I find her lengthy descriptions fascinating...she has an incredible command of the language and an amazing gift of observation. I almost don't want it to end.


(Personally I don't see the comparison to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander, which I admit I didn't enjoy at all...the plot itself was not interesting, whereas this is captivating.)
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Old 04-14-2014, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Donna Tartt just won the Pulitzer for Goldfinch.
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Old 04-15-2014, 06:06 AM
 
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Donna Tartt just won the Pulitzer for Goldfinch.
I missed that - thanks for letting us know!
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Old 04-15-2014, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Cary NC
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I am just beginning the Goldfinch, I requested it at the library and didn't know the length of it so imagine my surprise when I went to the hold shelf and saw this book waiting for me. To top it off it is a large print book so is over 1000 pages. I have 3 weeks to finish it no renewals because it is on hold. So far it's great.
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Old 04-17-2014, 08:44 PM
 
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Donna Tartt just won the Pulitzer for Goldfinch.
She deserved it! Donna Tartt wins fiction Pulitzer for ‘Goldfinch’ - The Washington Post
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Old 01-28-2015, 03:00 PM
 
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I'm resurrecting this thread because I don't what to hijack "What Book Are You Reading?" and am picking up where that discussion of The Goldfinch left off.

I know The Goldfinch was very long, but don't remember it as being overly wordy or overly descriptive. I like the fact that Tartt is such a confident writer that she puts it all in there, trusting that the reader will be carried along.

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It took a while for me to figure out what had happened at the museum, but once he got out with the picture and stashed it at his house, I stayed on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen to it and to Theo. And I thought it had plenty of twists and turns with Boris taking the picture and them going to find it. I was also anxious for Theo and his antique-faking ways and wanted that to resolve.


I loved the characters and the writing and how it all wrapped up at the end.
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