“We can’t chose what we want and what we don’t want and that’s the hard lonely truth.”

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At 771 pages, this is a long novel.  Is it worth it?  Many of the 57 commentators on the Kirkus review didn’t think so.  However, I love the way Tartt develops big themes.  And she has sentences that are works of art. The NY Times review, written by Stephen King , said, “The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind.”  I believe that in 100 years, this novel will  serve as a guide to understanding the human heart.

Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2013), p. 770.



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