Thursday, 5 July 2018

The Goldfinch Donna Tartt

The GoldfinchThe Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Late to the party, as always, this is the first Tartt novel I’ve read. It’s the kind of book you have to read fast but want to read slow... especially as you realise the pages are running out. Slow up, slow down, take it easy, but no - keep going, keep reading, keep turning because you need to know what’s happening, need to know where this is leading. I can’t quite put my finger on why. Great plotting, yes; good storyline; characters. But then there’s the fact that - thanks to the above - there are times when you really want things to speed up, just a bit. That said, there’s also some subtle magic, some spell that sucks you in. You’re in this book almost more than you’re in your own life, it affects your mood, you find yourself using some of its phrases (‘not my bailiwick’). It’s a tremendous achievement. Part Dickens, part Dan Brown but for the most part - Dostoyevsky!

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