Library in Paradise: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

“Library in Paradise” is a new series here at Sweet Valley Books. Jorge Luis Borges was quoted as saying “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” I believe the books included in this series should be put in that great library in the sky. 




goldfinch art

(Lovely illustration borrowed from The Telegraph)

I completed The Goldfinch a couple weeks ago and, if my blog title is any indication, you might guess that I loved it. It reads like a modern epic, with the protagonist provoking empathy, anger, love,frustration, and sadness in a way that only the most round of characters can do. The reader begins with Theodore Decker as a twelve-year-old boy, and it ends with him in his 20′s. The novel revolves around Theo’s obsession with Fabritius’ painting “The Goldfinch” and the enigmatic “What if?” that haunts all of us in one way or another. I know a book is good (really, really good) when I curl up in the fetal position after I finish it. Tartt’s novel contains the best parts of Crime and Punishment, Catcher in the Rye, and the Great Gatsby.

Much of it feels like a fever dream so thick that you are Theo. I will come back to this again and again, and I recommend it to all.

Five out of five stars!