THE GOLDFINCH is not just WELL-written, but BEAUTIFULLY-written. Don’t be put off by its length because you will fly through this page turning plot, with fully-drawn and resonating characters, believable dialog, and insightful perspective on us humans and our lives. It is also one of the saddest books I’ve ever read.
The book tells the story of Theo, a teenage boy journeying into adulthood, after the sudden and tragic death of his mother. “The Goldfinch” is the 17th Dutch century painting by Carel Fabritius that accompanies Theo on his journey.
Moving in and out are an array of fascinating personalities and topics and seemingly disparate strata of society- Russian emigres, furniture restoration, illegal drugs, child protective services, high society in NYC, loan sharks in Las Vegas, and art thieves in Amsterdam.
It’s also a story about human vulnerability where a single random event can completely redirect one’s life. About the core meaning of concepts like love, trust, and right and wrong. And about the role art plays for humanity.
You can’t help but become deeply involved in Theo’s life. You will feel his disappointment when those he depends on let him down. You will sympathize when he sometimes makes bad decisions. And you will worry about him until the very last page. Enjoy!