I have finally finished reading the labor intensive, The Goldfinch. I say labor intensive because of the length, less of the writing style.
Theodore Decker takes an impromptu visit to The Modern Museum of Art in NYC with his mother where they are involved in a terrorist attack. His mother dies; Theo spends the rest of his life trying to understand tragedy while hiding a painting he stole during the aftermath of the attack, The Goldfinch.
(If you prefer a more spoiler filled plot description, check out this rview that I 100% agree with.) I will admit, Theo started out as sympathetic. He took a turn to annoying real, real fast. 1,000 pages of “woe is me” is too many, Donna Tartt. I enjoyed the progression of his story and it kept me interested, I just really didn’t like him. He turned all philosophical at the very end, but by that point I was tired of reading and just ready for the story to be done. In addition to his creepy fascination with a painted bird chained to a branch, Theo somehow manages a creepier fascination with a redhead named Pippa, which he carries on his entire life.
A Read This, Drink That post is coming soon, as this book is filled with booze and drugs so it should’t be that hard to find inspiration.
Favorite Quotes: “…as bad as I felt there was nothing he could do for me, and from his face, I realized he knew that, too.” -Theo
“You idiot. You mean you never even opened it up?” -Boris
“Beauty alters the grain of reality.” -Hobie
Final Report: tedious and tiring. Sorry.
Anyway, on to the next one (that Lindsay directs me to read). Happy Reading!