Book Review: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

This was my introduction to Donna Tartt. The book is pretty hefty (771 pgs.) Since it took me the whole summer to read, dragging that hard cover around made me rethink my anti-kindle attitude.

I found the book through a book club (Frederick Book Club), but because they read the book in less than a month – and was meeting to discuss it, I decided to just read it on my own throughout the summer.

The book is extremely well written, so much so, that I lived vicariously through the 13 year old Theo Decker, who is much too grown for his age.

Drugs, rebellion, love, death, violence and learning to live with the choices we make through life dominated the story in a way that made you take a closer look at your own life.

It ends rather abruptly for me, taking on a tone that was not present throughout the novel, which was a bit confusing – kind of like reading the diary of someone who wrote everyday for 10 years, and then stopped for one reason or another, to only pick it back up again and start writing with a new sense of self, a mature outlook of an individual that all of a sudden realized they weren’t the only person inhabiting this universe.

Overall, the story was superb, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, she has sold the rights to Warner Brothers, so we should be looking for this novel to hit the theaters at some point. I will definitely be looking for her other other novels, The Little Friend, and The Secret History, mostly because her style of writing is phenomenal. Not too wordy, believable, full of emotion, and still action packed. Bravo Donna Tartt!

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We read to learn, to feel, to laugh, to understand others. We write to teach, express, communicate, to inspire others. I created Invisible Ink as an outlet of sorts, an area where I can organize the chaos; a place where hopefully I can be true to myself, and my readers. Writing is personal, it takes a brave and dedicated soul to formulate a piece and then share it with the world. That being said, I get just as much out of reading other's work as I do sharing mine ( I am always open to manuscript review swaps, just send me a message). Words read off a page evoke emotions. When taken out of context, or through an out of focus lens - anyone can mold the words, shifting their meaning to fit their agenda or distorted outlook. Staying true to form and myself, I won't censor my content, but I will censor my audience. Whatever lens you happen to be reading this through - I hope you enjoy!

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