Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist
poliphilo

The Goldfinch: Donna Tartt

"If Dickens were alive today..." It's a challenge every novelist in the Anglo-American tradition must have considered at some time or other and here's Donna Tartt rising to it. She takes elements from Oliver Twist, David Copperfield and -especially- Great Expectations, throws them up like spillikins and lets them fall into new and surprising patterns.  The Goldfinch is a post 9/11 bildungsroman of Dickensian scope and ambition- set in New York, Las Vegas and Amsterdam- in which cute kid Theo Decker- nicknamed "Potter" (after Harry) by his best friend- slips deeper and deeper into psychic damage and criminality. It deals with class, multiculturalism, drugs, time, love, good and evil-  and- self-reflexively, because it is very beautifully written- the  power of art to transform and transcend.
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 5 comments