CUBE café|bar Book Club: The Goldfinch Review

This month we caught up after the winter break and reviewed 'The Goldfinch' by Donna Tart.
Read on for our thoughts and reviews on this epic novel. 

The Goldfinch by Donna Tart

This was a long read coming in at nearly 800 pages but, as described by our book clubbers, worth the time invested. The Goldfinch is a moving and multi-layered novel centred on the painting ‘The Goldfinch’ by Carel Fabritius. The central character, Theo, finds himself inexplicably tied to the object after taking (or some may say rescuing) it from the gallery during an explosion that also, pivotally, kills his mother. Throughout the novel, themes of grief, life and longing are explored as we see Theo develop through his teenage years into his late twenties, falling under friend’s influences and pursuing love, before ultimately coming to peace with the life events stemmed from the explosion.

Our group thoroughly enjoyed this read, although at times it felt perhaps too long, we all agreed that Donna Tart is a talented writer and it’s a testament to this that such a long, and detailed book can be an engrossing read and a real page-turner. There was also some discussion over the characters, whether Theo was more a villain due to his ability to deceive and lie about the painting for such a long period, or simply a flawed human being who is a product of his circumstance. Quite a few members of the group empathised with his character and decision making throughout the novel, so we concluded that he was a flawed human being who showed redeeming qualities throughout, particularly in the ending, so ultimately his choices were justifiable.

We have previously read ‘The Secret History’ as part of our Book Club but those that haven’t are now more inclined to read more of Donna Tart’s writing as a result of this title. The Goldfinch was therefore a success and definitely a recommended read by our group.

CUBE café|bar Average Rating: 8/10

Next time we’re meeting on Thursday 28 February at the usual time of 7.30pm to discuss:

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse

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