Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

A Novel of Epic Proportions; Donna Tartt Presents Her Readers With

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

A Novel of Epic Proportions; Donna Tartt Presents Her Readers With

Article excerpt

THE Goldfinch in Donna Tartt's novel of the same name is a priceless painting by Dutch master Carel Fabritius.

It is, perhaps, the only thing 14-year-old Theo Decker has left after a terrorist bomb rips through the Metropolitan Museum of Art as he and his mother are exploring the galleries.

She is killed; he miraculously survives, stealing the painting as he stumbles out of the body-littered scene in a daze that doesn't quite clear through a large part of this weighty novel.

Tartt wrote her astonishing debut The Secret History in 1992. Ten years later, she followed up with The Little Friend, which was not quite so well received by the critics but still applauded for its literary achievements.

Now she packs a novel ambitiously crammed with art, death, human struggle, friendship and betrayal into a brightly coloured box and presents it to waiting readers.

From Manhattan, to Las Vegas to Amsterdam, Tartt's tale of Theo's struggle is rich with detail and elegant prose, full of vividly painted characters and intriguing scenarios. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.