The Goldfinch

Can’t. Finish. Book.  Got through part one, but cannot force myself to delve on.  Anyone else having this problem? This is a prize winning novel—a major prize–and I can’t stand it.  Do I have to give up my claim to being literate?  It is dull (even when describing a terrorist attack), the characters are not engaging, and I don’t really care what happens to them at this point.  The novel is so highly regarded, I feel like a failure.  I hear it gets better, but dear God, so many pages to slog through before hope of something interesting.  Great prose, no quibble there (with some minor “too much of a good thing” exceptions) but I’m not getting a good feeling for where this story is going.  Can you imagine if a debut novelist submitted this to an agent?  Ripped to shreds. The most interesting thing about the novel is the fact that the painting described in it really exists.

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3 responses to “The Goldfinch

  1. Don’t believe it – it does NOT get better! 😆 Unfortunately I dragged on through all 771 pages of it – oh dear! There’s several hours of life I’ll never get back…

    Haha! Sorry you didn’t enjoy it, but equally I’m so glad to hear someone else share my opinion…

  2. Well, you’re doing better than me, I haven’t been able to bring myself to start it yet! I would say give up now and move on to something else, not every book is for everyone 🙂

  3. 771 pages? Ugh! Life’s too short to read torturous books.

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