My holiday read: The Goldfinch


Book of words

My holiday season read this year is Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, which is also Amazon’s pick for the best book of the year. At the moment, I am about three quarters into it and it has been good enough to keep me flipping through the pages.

Centered around a small goldfinch painting by Carel Fabritius, disciple of one of the greatest Dutch painter Rembrandt, the story is as much an Oliver Twist tale as well as an Ocean Eleven art-heist drama. When young Theodore Decker lost his mother in a terrorist attack at the museum, he gained a piece of artwork that was handed to him by a dying stranger, bringing about a lifetime of obsession with the painting.

The rest of the narrative follows Theo during his bumpy growing-up years having never fully recovered from the incident as he rides through ups and downs to deftly explore…

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