A review by valentina_legge
The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt

adventurous dark mysterious tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


Well-written, interesting story, I had no issues with the length.

It would have been a 5 star if not for the racism and xenophobia in the characters' depictions. The only Korean character "smells of garlic", all Eastern Europeans are drunk mobsters and every Latino doorman is a stereotype. Oh, and the n* word is just casually dropped a couple of times, with no further comment.

Too blatant to ignore. A real shame for an otherwise excellent novel.

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