AG Book Club :: The Goldfinch

Books change you. They change how you feel, how you talk, how you think, what you believe. In the case of next month’s selection (The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller) it was a life-changing shift in what I believed about God. In the case of this month’s selection (The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt) it was just a subtle but consistent change in how I felt. There have been four different occasions when I made a pretty good effort to read this book and each time it was a one-way ticket to the pits. Because I’m kind of hyper-sensitive to sadness, it was effecting my mood even when I wasn’t reading, so I eventually stopped reading it completely.

However, it’s not hard for me to see why The Goldfinch is so beloved, nor why Tartt has received such acclaim. It’s beautifully written, powerfully rendered and ambitious in its scope. You care so deeply for the main character, a young boy named Theo Decker who has experienced terrible tragedy, that there were moments I was willing the characters around him to just reach out and give him a hug. (Actually, what I really wanted was for all the adults to stop saying dumb stuff and to just stop and listen to him.)

Here are more of my thoughts on The Goldfinch ::

As I said in the review, I’m terribly interested to hear from those who enjoyed this book. What did you like? What pulled you through the story? Was the ending satisfying, redeeming, tragic? And if you didn’t like the book, was it for the same reason as I or something different?

August’s book of the month is The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller and I’m so excited to read this again and to process the ideas with you all. Even if you haven’t been a part of the AG Book Club in the past, this would be a wonderful month to start! The book is short and incredibly impactful, and a prime candidate for discussion. Hope you join us!


Posted by Aanna on Wednesday, August 12th, 2015


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