The Goldfinch

 The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

recommended by Emily B

Part Holden Caulfield, part Sartre, part Jay Gatsby, Theo Decker relates his experience since being a victim of a bombing at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art in which his mother is killed. In the process of extracting himself from the rubble, he finds himself in possession of The Goldfinch, a priceless work of art by a Dutch Master. The novel follows Theo’s internal and external wanderings, trying to make sense of the loss. By turns despairing and comforting, dangerous and benign, both the story and the writing are intricate tapestries, conveying scenes and characters with great detail and artistic sensibility. The nature of self, the purpose of art, and the interrelation of good and evil are major themes. Not a light read, nor a short one, but definitely a deep one.

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