Saturday, 22 August 2015

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ,

Synopsis from Goodreads:
It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art. As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle. The Goldfinch is a novel of shocking narrative energy and power. It combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher's calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is a beautiful, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.

If you go ahead to Goodreads you’ll see a lot of mixed reviews about this book. To be honest I regretted reading the reviews whilst I was reading it because I kind of got influenced

I’d say this book has its own identity although it has a little element of Coelho in it (fellow book nerds please don’t kill me). If you don’t know who Coelho is feel free to look him up. But in general Paulo Coelho is an amazing writer who touches your heart and soul with his novels through haunting self discovery journeys. Most of them are short but packed with mind-shattering perspectives into the world and into humankind.

It’s long and draggy. Still, it’s the good kind of long and draggy. Reading this book makes me feel like I am growing older and wiser with Theo. I didn’t realize it at first but looking back into it, when he was a teenage boy I had his teenage voice and thoughts with me. Somehow, with very subtle development Theo’s voice transformed into this more matured man. That, I believe is the most genius element in this book.

Plotwise, it’s interesting but might not cater to those who loves fantasy and mindblowing plot twists. Yet somehow finishing this book gives some sort of satisfaction after following Theo’s life for so long. I feel happy for him.

The events that happens in this book are also raw and real. It deals with rationality; it touches on the reality that in life there are things that you are not content with but it is the right thing to do at the right time. You’d also be amazed of the amount of self-discovery you can do over this book.

Revolutionary books often give new perspectives to how we see other people. This book does just that. Theo struggles with drug addiction and Tartt intricately describes his feelings, his physique, and his pain while trying his best to get out of that realm. Also, we can stand in his shoes and appreciate those who give support and those who judges. It’s a pretty interesting but daunting place to be in.

While speaking of intricacy, can we just appreciate Tartt’s amazing way of describing every single detail in her book?! There’s a reason why it’s long and draggy yet still manages to get a Pulitzer Prize wey!

All in all, it’s a great book to read little by little and just grow discover the characters. Might take a long time to sink in because this book is definitely not the one to be hyped over. It’s not the book that we need, but a book that we deserve.

“We can’t choose what we want and don’t want and that’s the hard lonely truth. Sometimes we want what we want even if we know it’s going to kill us. We can’t escape who we are”
-Theo Decker- 

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