A review by danuu
The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt

dark slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


If there were an option for negative stars id give it -5 out of 5. I’m surprised no one talks about all the casual racism in this book. Not a single review I've seen mentions the fact that the writer uses slurs casually throughout the book most of which are the main characters inner dialogue. not to mention several characters are referred to as nothing more then their race. The “Dickensian” style of writing is what everyone praises yet the descriptions last pages for no reason at all while barely describing anything at all. they are long and overly done just to be long. it would be different if the descriptions were actually well written and long but they are just long. None of this book was well written. the plot is slow and almost nonexistent, the characters are either terrible people or stereotypes  with no personality and the only form of “development” came through time jumps. one second hes having life problems and in dispair and the next is a time jump and is considered “developed”. Not to mention the book is supposedly based on this painting yet the painting is barely in the book. even his worry about the painting barely makes an appearance. i could go on for pages and pages about whats wrong with this book but by then it’d be as long as the goldfinch and honestly probably more fun to read. The time ive spend reading this i would have rather spent kicking rusty nails with my bare feet. i hope the only people who have to read this are violent inmates and Donna Tartt herself because i truly don't think even she’s read this. I really want to know DOES SHE HAVE AN EDITOR ?? 

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