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The Goldfinch: Donna Tartt [Jan. 14th, 2015|10:29 am]
Tony Grist
"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.
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[User Picture]From: sorenr
2015-01-14 10:42 am (UTC)
You've sold it to me. I'll let the book shop know to send a commission your way when I buy it!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-01-14 10:47 am (UTC)
Well, that's grand. Thank you. :)

I didn't like The Secret History all that much and I haven't read The Little Friend but I think Tartt has turned herself into a major novelist with this one.
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[User Picture]From: sorenr
2015-01-14 10:55 am (UTC)
I haven't read any of her books so for me it would be a read untainted by previous reads, so to speak.
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From: artkouros
2015-01-14 01:22 pm (UTC)
hah - spillikins!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-01-14 04:58 pm (UTC)
You play?
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