Theres so much crammed into the pages of donna tartt s pulitzer prizewinning novel the goldfinch. In the pretext of greek literature and philosophy, donna tartt has written a boring and vile book which does not offer us any insight to why they are drawn to such extremes. The goldfinch at a glance cliffsnotes study guides book. No book group should be without this companion guide to donna tartts. Do you remember how i teased you at the end of the goldfinch post part i with this. The goldfinch by donna tartt free download yes book please. How do these artistic touchstones inform the novel, especially theo and boriss cultural education in. For example boris this is the best depiction of the russian mentality i have ever encountered by an author with no slavic descent.
Designed to make your reading experience more rewarding and enjoyable, this study guide encompasses a. Donna tartt audie award finalist, solo narration male, 2014. If not, why not get your friends together and start one. What to read while staying home, from author ann patchett. The goldfinch is a haunting odyssey that combines vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense.
Stephen king, new york times an astonishing achievement. Walden, the idiot, silas marner, spiegel im spiegel, the magnificent seven, and, obviously, the goldfinch, to name a few. Bakers antique and rare book emporium aka charley bakers home, 18881 via messina, irvine 92603 attire. Author tartt has noted that the purposeful destruction of the giant sandstone buddhas of bamiyan valley afghanistan in march of 2001 inspired her to begin her novel with an. Detail in the book amazing, i cant even phantom what kind of research effort underlines it. The goldfinch is described by author stephen king as, a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind. In short, the story is about a young boy growing up in. To frame a story about art, love and morality, donna tartt visits two continents and travels across time in a beautifully told if sometimes sagging story.
The goldfinch part i book club ideas by donna tartt food ideas for the goldfinch, book menu, the goldfinch, donna tartt, goldfinch book club, book club ideas. The goldfinch is a bad movie because it is based on a. The author of the classic bestsellers the secret history and the little friend returns with a brilliant, highly anticipated new novel composed with the skills of a master, the goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through presentday america and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. David copperfield famously says in the first line of dickenss book. Coincidentally, fabrituss painting the goldfinch came to new york city and opened at the frick on the same day tartts book was released. The author, donna tartt took 12 years to write this book.
Apart from hobie, pippa and theos mother, most of the goldfinch s characters are deeply flawed andor egomaniacal. Published in 20, it was tartt s first novel since the little friend in 2002. Our book club just finished reading and discussing our latest treasure, the goldfinch, by donna tartt. Donna tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction stephen king new york times a glorious novel that pulls together all her remarkable storytelling talents. Donna tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction stephen king, new york times an astonishing achievement. Book club discussion questions for the goldfinch by donna tartt. Online shopping from a great selection at books store. The goldfinch part ii book club ideas by donna tartt do you remember how i teased you at the end of the goldfinch post part i with this huge empty drivers license. Am i the only one who got more and more irritated with the book. Please put your thoughts on the goldfinch book club questions in the comments area below. She won the wh smith literary award for the little friend in 2003. I really wanted to love the book but i just became so frustrated with it. An excellent piece of writing by donna tartt, author of the goldfinch, and in my opinion, superior to the secret history.
The goldfinch is a mildly entertaining middlebrow story with aspirations of refinement. Early life tartt was born in greenwood, mississippi, in the mississippi delta, and raised in. Weigh in with your comments below, and join us next friday, march 21, for our second discussion well. Our book club has been looking forward to reading the goldfinch for the past four. Her novels the secret history and the little friend have been translated into 30 languages. If youre at a loss for what to read, or just want to hear a suggestion, then this is the article for you. Many comparisons have been made between this book and great expectations and other dickens books do you see the similarities. The goldfinch by donna tartt donna tartt is a writer who takes her time shes published just one novel per decade since her debut in 1992. It is hard for me to boil down what this book is truly about because it covers such a wide breadth of themes and i also dont want to ruin the suspense. If you loved donna tartts the goldfinch, check out these. The goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind. Softcover, little brown and company, 2014 you can purchase the goldfinch online at hugo bookstores.
It won the 2014 pulitzer prize for fiction, among other honors. Alone and rudderless in new york, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. The goldfinch by donna tartt free download, aged thirteen, theo decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. In this interview, book club author donna tartt shares her inspiration for the goldfinch and why its a fallacy that culture, inevitably, is civilizing. If you loved donna tartts the goldfinch, check out. Did you enjoy the goldfinch and would you recommend this book to your friends. Dec 22, 20 the goldfinch is one of my favorite fiction books of 20 and i liked it even more than the secret history, tartts debut novel which i loved and is on my book club recommendations list. The cover features a glimpse of the famous, priceless painting by carl fabritius 1654, which is the metaphorical subject of the novel, and the key to its plot and central character. Content includes books from bestselling, midlist and debut authors. Aug 17, 2014 if you loved donna tartt s the goldfinch, check out these books. Sep 23, 20 donna tartt is an american writer who received critical acclaim for her first two novels, the secret history and the little friend, which have been translated into thirty languages.
The final 5% of the book then beats you over the head with lessons that you should have learned if you were as smart as the author. The goldfinch part i book club ideas by donna tartt. The goldfinch captivated me as much as the artistry of donna tartts colourful prose. Discussion questions book club recommendationsdiscussion. Whator what alldoes the painting represent in the novel. Book club menu book club food kids book club the goldfinch book the snow child the husbands secret books to read my books liane moriarty. The goldfinch is one of my favorite fiction books of 20 and i liked it even more than the secret history, tartt s debut novel which i loved and is on my book club recommendations list. The goldfinch by donna tartt halifax public libraries. The author on her pulitzer prizewinning novel, which has now been made into a. In audiobook form this comes in at a whopping 32 hours. She took her time to create authentic and complex characters that bring the book s primary theme of loss to life.
Dark themes prevail throughout the novel as protagonist theo decker copes with the violent and untimely death of his mother. The next 20% is just like the previous 75% theo making bad decisions and being a bystander to real stories. Ive just read donna tartts 3rd novel, the goldfinch, published by little, brown in 20, and awarded the pulitzer prize in 2014. Written in the 1st person we follow theo on quite a jaded journey of loss and heartache from a junior teenager, loosing his mother in an explosion at a new york art gallery. The goldfinch book club discussion questions arlenes book club.
Her novel the goldfinch won the pulitzer prize in 2014. Barbour in the supporting cast who is your favorite and why. Donna tartt is very descriptive and goes into depth over every little. David copperfield famously says in the first line of dickenss book, whether i shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether. In this comprehensive book club companion, kathryn cope guides readers through donna tartt s pulitzer prizewinning novel, the goldfinch. Donna tartt has said that the goldfinch painting was the guiding spirit of the book. Occasionally the descriptive prose gets a bit tangled up in the weeds, but overall, its en enjoyable read and very evocative of time and place. Oct 22, 20 this is when i discovered donna tartt and i absolutely loved this book. Donna tartt is the author of the goldfinch, which was awarded the 2014 pulitzer prize for fiction, as well as the andrew carnegie medal for excellence in fiction. See more ideas about donna tartt, goldfinch and the goldfinch book. The longest audiobook ive listened to before this is rohinton mistrys a fine balance which was a long 24 hours, although so finely written that one didnt quite notice the hours slip by. Nov 09, 20 in this interview, book club author donna tartt shares her inspiration for the goldfinch and why its a fallacy that culture, inevitably, is civilizing. It takes place in museums, antique stores, and the houses of rich people except for a spell in foreclosure. First it helped me choose key characters and actions to share with my club.
In your opinion, who was the true hero in this book. So as i read i wanted to ferret out what made the novel so compelling to some, while others. Now that winter break is here, its time to catch up on that reading. This is a story that could have been told in about 300 pages but instead went on rattling for 600painfulshootmeintheheadfortryingtofinishthispages.
Donna tartt is an american writer and author of the novels the secret history 1992, the little friend 2002, and the goldfinch 20. Two weeks ago, the goldfinch the new movie based on donna tartt s pulitzer prizewinning 20 novel arrived in theaters and immediately, catastrophically, flopped. I got so irritated with everything how shitty his life became, how shitty of a person he was becoming. Donna tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction.
The goldfinch part ii book club ideas by donna tartt. Donna tartts the goldfinch is a complex story about theodore theo decker, a young boy who suffers the loss of his mother in a terrorist attack at the metropolitan museum of art in new york city. A site dedicated to book lovers providing a forum to discover and share commentary about the books and authors they enjoy. The goldfinch is a novel by the american author donna tartt. Oct 19, 2015 the last few pages of the novel take all the serious, big, complicated ideas beneath the surface and hold them up to the light guardian the goldfinch is a triumph.
Donna tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction new york times stephen king. Book club discussion questions for the goldfinch by. Did you find the characters in this book believable. The goldfinch book club discussion questions arlenes. The goldfinch is obsessed with intertexts references to other works of literature, music, film and art e. The painting is one of carel fabritius fubreetzeeus most famous works. Why does tartt populate the novel with so many antiheroes. Book club menu book club food kids book club the goldfinch book the snow child the husbands secret books to. When i asked book readers about the goldfinch, i generally received two answers. David copperfield famously says in the first line of dickenss book, whether i. See more ideas about donna tartt, goldfinch and literature. The goldfinch donna tartt book club guide refinery29. Chatelaine book club interview with donna tartt, author of. Its beautiful prose is densely layered and overflowing with richly developed characters.
In donna tartt s new book, the protagonist, theo decker, comes upon an original seventeenth century painting, the goldfinch. Donna tartt is an american writer who received critical acclaim for her first two novels, the secret history and the little friend, which have been translated into thirty languages. Read the goldfinch absolutely for free at readanybook. Dec 12, 20 during the semester its hard to find the time to read a good book for pleasure. The goldfinch part i book club ideas by donna tartt our book club has been looking forward to reading the goldfinch for the past four months let me explain why. To get the discussion going, weve put together a list of some great questions. Antique shopping clothes wear something gold or include it in your outfit special instruction. Winner of the 2014 pulitzer prize for fiction her canvas is vast. See more ideas about goldfinch, book club books and donna tartt. Donna tartt is an amazing writer and there were several passages that really struck me. I know that sounds like i just lifted that from the book jacket, but honestly its true. The goldfinch by donna tartt books hachette australia. The goldfinch by donna tartt book club discussion questions.848 633 1208 868 898 1186 1295 177 337 1373 17 208 1195 350 590 415 1389 173 592 513 1266 676 1305 1449 850 174 548 195 895 63 350 672 1055 267 373 1010 879 895 448