Beauty alters the grain of reality 🖼
Beauty alters the grain of reality 🖼
I read it with no spoilers. Has become one of my favorite books. Epic, coming of age book told through the voice of Theo. Amazing descriptions of life in NY and Las Vegas. Will never forget the wonderful , unique characters Hobie, Pippa, Andy, Mrs Barbour and of course Boris.
This book was a hard read for me. Any book where a child goes through a badly abnormal childhood is a hard read for me. I keep thinking, “please, someone rescue him.” Same reaction that I had to Running With Scissors and A Little Life. That said, it was a compelling read, and beautifully written, as all Donna Tartt‘s books are. I‘ll be thinking about this one for awhile. Definitely recommend, and I‘ll probably need to reread due to complexity.
First of all, I would love to know what you guys think of the book, movie, or both! The book was a unique one for sure. I loved the opening scene she wrote. It was intense and heart breaking. It was a long read, but they‘re were parts I did not want to put it down. I get why it won the Pulitzer Prize! I wanted to go see the movie, even with the bad reviews. But, it‘s only in select theaters. Hopefully I‘ll get to see it soon!
I won‘t lie at first the page count of this book seemed a bit much but I kept hearing that I was a great read. It‘s true this book was very good. The writing is absolutely gorgeous and the story itself kept me Turning the page and not noticing how much I was actually getting through. All in all I loved it.
Genre: Literacy Fiction
Date Started: October 3rd 2019
How did you choose this book: I watched some of the trailers of the movie and did a little more research into the plot and it interested me to the point of wanting to read the actual book.
Write a brief summary of the novel; who was the protagonist; what was his/her problem and how was the problem resolved?
1000 pg = 5 Books
This book blew me away. Tartt‘s writing and attention to detail literally breathed life into the characters. I see where some people say it was slow, but to me that was part of this story‘s beauty. I did not want this book to end and it easily has earned it‘s place among my favorites.
This book was ok. It wasn't nearly half so good as the Secret History, but it's not a bad story. It just feels too slow and purposeless for the first 3/4 of the book for me to really love it.
I can't really put this rating into words, it just feels right. I loved Theo's fascination with this painting, how Tart wrote about how you can feel so close to a piece of art. Also, all the descriptions about the antiques and how Hobie worked on them, really interested me! Overall, I really quite liked most of the book, though not everything. I would recommend it though!!
I read this between Sept 17 & 29, and gave it 4 ⭐️. It‘s not for everyone and I can see why some people don‘t like it. Theo as a main character was irritating. I liked the other characters. At times, the slow pacing got to me. But in the end, I liked it. Plus I really like Tartt‘s writing.
I almost bailed on this one and probably should have. The writing is certainly beautiful, but it drags down the story by a lot. Tartt is a little too in love with her own writing and would have done well to edit out at least half of it.
This is the sixth book that I‘ve ever bailed on in my life. In fairness, I did not finish but also in fairness, I‘m not alone in stating that this isn‘t Pulitzer worthy effort. I wrote “false” after many paras that didn‘t fit with what came before. See the Vox review that says that the movie failed because the book is deeply flawed. I‘m sure that is true. This novel has good design but no importance. Not a Pulitzer. Not even a National Book.
Saw the film, and it was well done. It seemed very slow at times, but beautiful cinematography. Glad I was able to finish the book before I saw it!
September 22, 2019 OMG Props to Donna Tartt. I had no idea of what magic Donna Tartt could do with just words. With words, storytelling and luring somebody into the book. It is too hard to stop reading. The details are so vivid and it is as if you are there looking at what is happening. The story is popping out at you and you cannot figure out where to keep your eyes
September 22, 2019 Wow thanks so much for all the people who liked my last post. It means a lot when I can comfotably share the books I like without being judged. "Never judge a book by its cover". Same as never judge somebody who you dont know until you meet them. Also i appreciate the people who have the same reading interest as me and those who are new followers. The flmore followers the better ya know? Jk idc about the # of followers ?
Happy I listened to this on audio because I think it would have been a slog to get through it had I read it. Listening to it brought all the intricate descriptions to life. I‘m really looking forward to watch the movie. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #Booked2019 #Booked2019Summer #booktomovie #seasonalreadingchallenge #birdoncover
September 20,2019 Hello Litsy community!!!! Followers!!! I am back and better. I am sharing another book with you (that you all mostly read already but I just picked up). I decided to bury my head and buy the book in paperback for $20.00 + tax. In total the book was $21.95. I am aware that the book turned into a movie but i doubt i will finish it before that.
My second time reading this, and I am blown away by the force of Donna Tartt‘s skill. She is such a giant, writes with so much confidence and command.
Then, on top of the pure storytelling there is that intangible distinctiveness, a specialness contained within the acute prose style, the psychological studies and over-the-top characters, that makes this novel so one-of-a-kind. I think that‘s what makes it kind of a polarizing book, also.
I finished this one awhile ago and never got around to reviewing it. The story was good, but I feel like it could have been a few hundred pages shorter. I was excited to go see the movie but have been hearing how awful it is. Has anyone seen it? 3.5 🌟
Just started The Goldfinch last night.
01. Sadly, just one. I'm not really well-traveled.
02. Both, I live in British Columbia so I have the best of both worlds - the Pacific Ocean to one side and then the Rockies to the other.
03. It's a toss up between Egypt and London, England.
04. I don't really have a favourite setting to be honest. That said, I'm partial to books either set in magical libraries or the UK.
Unsettled heart. The fetishism of secrecy. These people understood—as I did—the back alleys of the soul, whispers and shadows, money slipping from hand to hand, the password, the code, the second self, all the hidden consolations that lifted life above the ordinary and made it worth living.
This film is remarkable! Every film is a work of art, yet this film is Art in the sense that it elevates the medium. All my book club attendees strongly agree. Visually stunning, compellingly acted, movingly plotted, highly emotional. The film remains faithful to the book, the difference is jumping around the narrative arc rather than the book‘s linear presentation. Riveting, well-encapsulated. I can‘t fathom the bad reviews. A Top 5 for me!
Just got to the part where his English class is working on Walden/Thoreau. Didn't like that no when I covered it in college. Still don't like it today. He was not roughing it out in the woods, he was on a friend's private property. Fairly certain all he did was be lazy and reflect
Time for the movie to start! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Has anyone seen this yet?‘ Want to?!
This morning started with buttered toast, plump strawberries and hot chocolate. Now, I‘m back in bed, a candle flickering merrily in the background and, ‘The Goldfinch‘ by Donna Tartt, cracked open. I‘ve been reading at least 25 pages each day, for a little over a week now. This book has been on my list since its release, but the movie being out this month has finally been the nudge I needed to start.
I ❤ this movie. Just finished watching this with my best bookish friend. We really enjoyed the movie and thought it was a good adaptation of the book. They managed to cram quite a bit into the movie. The casting was spot on too. At 2 1/2 hours (plus previews) it is quite the time commitment but we thought it was worth it.
We are the only ones in the theatre for the 11:45 feature of the Goldfinch with reclining heated seats! lol
My daughter gave me these shoes for my birthday!
1️⃣1️⃣: Bucket List ⭐️ This is mine, which is much longer but these are my most desired items. Ps: I took this pic 7 years ago in Grand Teton Nat‘l Park. It‘s one of the best photos I‘ve ever taken. #selfimprovementseptember #selfcareseptember #bucketlist
Any book suggestions? Already down to 9 more books to complete my #goodreadsreadingchallenge2019. I still have lots of new YA in queue. Just not sure which I'll finish next. No particular order in mind. I'm still waiting for Ninth House, The Toll, Regretting You, The Fountains of Silence and The Starless Sea to be released. Will read The Thief since I got Book2. I'll check Goldfinch before the film releases.
120 pages in. Bothered by a few things that an editor should have picked up. And every now and then there is a rookie mistake embedded in her gorgeous prose. Not feeling Pulitzer yet. Don‘t hate me.
Must read prior to the movie coming out. Nicole Kidman stars, I have heard...🤔
1 I have no idea why I tried to read this, everyone loved, I hated it
2 I dont watch shows much, (too busy reading) old shows Mary Hartman. Laugh In, Carol Burnett, all the "Roasts"
3 mostly cereal and coffee
5 Black &Blue Tracks
Thank you to @HardcoverHearts for her readalong which encouraged me to finally read this masterful but hefty book. It had lingered on the TBR for far too long! Donna Tartt‘s love of Dickens is evident in this coming of age story. Exciting start in NYC where much of the book takes place. Not a fan of the Vegas chapters. Hobie and Boris are favorite characters. Did not like the glorified use of drugs and alcohol throughout. #readyourownbooks
Umm...🤔 I am reading The Goldfinch and, therefore, should read a YA novel with this ridiculous blurb?! Goodreads has lost its mind. #thatsastretch
#SelfImprovementSept | Day 1: #ReadingGoals
I'm not good at planning a reading list more than a book ahead at a time (sometimes not even that much) but I definitely want to read this one this month. Sometimes I have to push myself to set aside the dragons and spaceships for something literary, but I'm always very glad when I do!
With the movie trailer being everywhere, I'm going to pick this up next. Never read it before, so I'm really curious!
I wanted to finally read this book before the movie comes out in a few weeks. I decided to listen to it on audiobook. That was an excellent idea as the reader, David Pittu, does a great job voicing all the characters and their various accents. Plus, I realized that if I had to slog through 770 pages of trauma, substance abuse and bad choices it would have taken me forever.
Well written, overly detailed, and ultimately very sad. I loved it.
I wasn‘t sure I wanted to read this book because I had heard so many mixed reviews. What I now know is that the book is immaculately written (except I hate it when characters‘ stutters are written as “I-“ 90% of the time; does anyone know anybody who does that in real life?), but the story is hard to stomach. It‘s totally worth it though; a beautiful, heart-breaking book.