A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)eBook - 2013
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mvkramer May 07, 2015
After a very compelling middle, the end fell flat. I really liked adolescent, self-destructive Theo and Boris, but adult Theo was kind of boring, to be honest. At the end, Theo's eleventh-hour epiphany felt hollow and un-earned.
natalie_g Jul 22, 2014
This book is quite long and hard to get through. None of the overly-described characters are grand enough to keep you caring for the duration.
It wasn't terrible but, not great either. When it was over, I was more impressed with myself for getting through it than with the story.
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“When you feel homesick,’ he said, ‘just look up. Because the moon is the same wherever you go.”
“Caring too much for objects can destroy you. Only—if you care for a thing enough, it takes on a life of its own, doesn’t it? And isn’t the whole point of things—beautiful things—that they connect you to some larger beauty?”
Why does it cost so much, a thing like from kindergarten class? 'Ugly Blob.' 'Black Stick with Tangles." - Boris
That life -- whatever else it is – is short. That fate is cruel but maybe not random. That Nature (meaning Death) always wins but that doesn’t mean we have to bow and grovel to it. … It is a glory and a privilege to love what Death doesn’t touch (the Goldfinch painting). For if disaster and oblivion have followed this painting down through time – so too has love….
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Leo is in a museum in New York City when a terrorist sets off a bomb. Alive but stunned, Leo comforts a dying man who gives him a ring with instructions where to take it, and then he grabs a valuable painting of a goldfinch and makes his way out of the museum and home. His mother has died in the bombing, and his life from then on revolves around the painting, the girl Pippa who alerted him to the bomb, Pippa's uncle Hobie who takes in Teo and teaches him to restore antiques, and Boris who is just bad news. This is the story of the power of great artworks to grab you soul and not let go. It is also a powerful reminder of the plight of children who lose their parents, or whose parents don't care for them.
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