"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Long book with no point. I expected something wonderful. It took 700 pages to get to something to happen. Then, it had very quick conclusion. I had a hard time finishing it because it was so dull. Disappointing!
The book is beautifully written -- the author is truly an amazing writer. There are many places in this book where the writing is breathtakingly stunning. In terms of plot and feel, the book is very reminiscent of a cross between Salinger's Catcher in the Rye and Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment (two incredible books). The story is very compelling and some of the "lessons" from the book really resonated with me. However, it is true that the book is REALLY long and often tedious, which means that it is also occasionally boring. I think that at least 100 pages could have been cut without having done any harm to the story at all. I read the book in 2-3 days because I was on vacation, but it is really a book that probably would usually take much longer. Overall, I do recommend the book for its beautiful and interesting story, but it is definitely flawed because of its tediousness.