Why You Should Not Read The Goldfinch
- The drug use. There’s quite a lot of that, too. Including some pretty detailed descriptions of his highs and withdrawals.
- The length. 770 pages. That’s not a small commitment.
- Not much happens. True, there are some very action-packed sequences. But in between that, not much happens. It takes Tartt five pages to describe something that could have taken five sentences. So, yes, the book could have been about half as long.
- It’s hard to cheer for the main character, as he makes some rather questionable decisions.
Why You Should Read The Goldfinch
- The writing. It really is wonderful.
- The plot twists. Characters from the beginning reappear at the end in surprising ways. All the scattered threads come back together impressively.
- The research. Donna Tartt clearly spent a long time researching every possible detail she could include.
- The last 15 pages. The part where Theo actually learned something about his life.