Well, well, well. Look who finally finished reading The Goldfinch. It only took me like four months to finish the "book of the year" (yeah right!). This was the slowest read. The 700 pages dragged on and on and I honestly cannot figure out why everyone is reading this right now. The novel has taken over the blogosphere and I've spotted the book in countless Instagrams (ya know...cup of coffee, plate of macarons, The Goldfinch). It's like a thing to read The Goldfinch right now. I understand the book is beautifully written (I have to give it to the author - Donna Tartt is very talented) and filled with meaningful symbolism and themes that tie together in the end. However, the plot bored me and honestly kind of depressed me. Poor Theo! The kid just can't win. The only thing I really did like about The Goldfinch was the final chapter. So well written and filled with thought provoking quotes. I'll leave you with one below:
"...I've come to believe there is no truth beyond illusion. Because, between 'reality' on the one hand, and the point where the mind strikes reality, there's a middle zone, a rainbow edge where beauty comes into being, where two very different surfaces mingle and blur to provide what life does not: and this is the space where all art exists, and all magic. And - I would argue as well - all love" - The Goldfinch
Okay so yes Donna Tartt is an excellent writer and her writing is what kept me reading. She has a way with words and her passages read poetically. But that wasn't enough for me to fall in love with The Goldfinch. So on that note, I've already downloaded Fangirl and am revisiting the young adult genre. Remember how much I loved this?
Ps - other favorite books you should read instead of The Goldfinch: And The Mountains Echoed, Gone Girl, Looking for Alaska, Life of Pi