Read of the Week: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
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“To understand the world at all, sometimes you could only focus on a tiny bit of it, look very hard at what was close to hand and make it stand in for the whole;” – Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch
“Exhilarating and profound, grim and beautiful, The Goldfinch is part edge-of-the-seat page-turner and part philosophical reflection. A bomb blast alters the life of the narrator who, cut loose by grief, stumbles through adolescence and young adulthood. He’s flawed and facetted and fascinating – illuminating the muddles we make and endure in life and the glimmering possibility that good can follow bad.
I stayed up late reading, re-read early sections and finally, reluctantly, reached the end of the 864th page. And the little painting that you catch glimpses of throughout the book, a tiny Dutch masterpiece, is key to this story and to an understanding that great art offers us a chance to ‘speak of each other across time’.”
“You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life” – Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch