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»So many people say to me, why don’t you write books faster? And I’ve tried to, just to see if I could. But working that way doesn’t come naturally to me. I would be miserable cranking out a book every three or four years. And if I’m not having fun writing it, people aren’t going to have fun reading it. I don’t want it to be just some little amusement-park ride. I mean, what’s the point of doing that?«
An enigma: Mick Brown in conversation with writer Donna Tartt about her latest novel The Goldfinch. Read the portrait at The Telegraph.
»For all its artfulness, and despite a satisfying and wholly unexpected denouement, The Goldfinch both describes and understands the arbitrariness of life and never makes it seem simpler or more orderly than the fascinating, troubling mess it is.«
An accomplished work that understands the arbitrariness of life: Geoff Nicholson about the novel The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. His review at the Los Angeles Times.
»But the Victorian tenor of this thoroughly modern novel isn’t reflected only in its extended plot and vast collection of memorable characters. You can also feel that 19th-century spirit in the author’s willingness to take advantage of her enormous canvas to reflect self-consciously on moral and aesthetic concerns that so many contemporary fiction writers are too timid or too sophisticated to address directly.«
A giant new masterpiece about a small masterpiece: Ron Charles reviews Donna Tartt‘s latest novel The Goldfinch. His review at The Washington Post.
»I never want it to be really long! I always think, «I want this to be really short,» but it never happens that way.«
A different life: Laura Miller in conversation with writer Donna Tartt about her latest novel The Goldfinch. Read the interview at salon.com.
»At a time when so much literature is either contemptuous of plot or enslaved by it, The Goldfinch is a gripping page-turner and a challenging, beautifully written account of modern life.«
Oddly gripping: James Kidd about the novel The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. His review at The Independent.
»In a fiction of almost 800 pages the narrative arc has to be sustained. Its first half is essentially a Bildungsroman along the lines of Great Expectations, with similar gothic multilayering, eccentric guardians and unrequited love.«
Donna Tartt‘s much anticipated third novel The Goldfinch is a richly wrought entertainment that explores grief, loss and art. Catherine Taylor reviews the novel at The Telegraph.
»I wrote books in this way, around images.«
Writer brings in the world while she keeps it at bay: Julie Bosman in conversation with Donna Tartt about her novel The Goldfinch. Read the portrait and interview at The New York Times.
»And I admit that by this point, close to the end of a monotonous 800-page novel, I was truly perplexed. Nothing wrong, I suppose, with a Harry Potter homage, but it’s hard for an adult reader to be gripped by a tale with no real subtext and peopled entirely by Goodies and Baddies.«
Overlong and tediously Potteresque: Julie Myerson with a harsh critique on Donna Tartt‘s latest novel The Goldfinch. Her review at The Guardian.
Video | Kirsty Wark in conversation with Donna Tartt about her new novel The Goldfinch
»The Goldfinch itself could be a controlled substance, which makes the experience of reading it unsettlingly similar to the lives it describes.«
Donna Tartt‘s masterful, enveloping feat of storytelling about an orphan who steals a celebrated artwork. Laura Miller about The Goldfinch at salon.com.