It’s refreshing to read a book narrated by a not-in-any-way-heroic person. Potter is real. He has faults and he makes mistakes. I didn’t know what I was stepping into when I picked up Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, but I’m glad I took the recommendation.
The Goldfinch is a book to take your time with. Do not, do not rush. It deserves the time it takes to read nearly 800 pages. The highs and lows and humanity of it all won’t disappoint.
At times, I found myself reflecting on the similar themes of Kerouac’s American classic On the Road: drugs, travel, truth and hunting for it, art, and the temporary status of life.
And to top it off, the writing is remarkable. There are sentences, illustrations, and moments throughout that I found myself re-reading for the beauty of the words.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars