The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Okay, it’s probably too long – another example of how successful authors aren’t really edited (too much of her furniture research went into the novel and the adolescent bond between Theo and Boris began to get repetitive). And Theo was perhaps the most irritating and unlikeable character to get centre stage in such a long novel for many years…But you’ve got to hand it to Donna Tartt. The writing was inspired, the support cast of characters brilliant and the story riveting.

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2 thoughts on “The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

  1. Theo irritating? I LOVED that boy. Just wanted to mother him. A truly wonderful novel. I wouldn’t cut a word and as an editor I’m ruthless when it comes to killing darlings!

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