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The Goldfinch: A Guide for Book Clubs (The Reading Room Book Group Notes) [Kindle Edition]

Kathryn Cope
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Book Description

No book group should be without this companion guide to Donna Tartt's acclaimed bestselling novel, The Goldfinch.

A comprehensive guide to this contemporary classic, this book includes useful literary context; a biography of the author; full plot summary, discussion of themes and symbols; detailed character notes; 15 thought-provoking discussion questions; recommended further reading and a quick quiz.

**Amazon Reviews for the Reading Room Book Group Notes:**

"Belong to a small book club and we had our liveliest, best discussion ever over this book." (Jeanne McCloskey)

"I would definitely recommend it to other book groups. It was also great value for money." (Book Addict)

"This guide for book clubs was very insightful and made the discussion easy to begin." (C. Childress)

"I have been in a book club for years and we always get together not knowing what questions to start asking one another about the book we just read. This really helped to stimulate discussion." (Debra)

The Reading Room Book Group Guides are designed to help you get the absolute best from your book club meetings. An invaluable reference tool, they provide a wealth of useful information on your chosen novel.

*THIS BOOK IS A COMPANION GUIDE, DESIGNED TO BE READ IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ORIGINAL NOVEL. PLEASE BE AWARE, IT DOES NOT CONTAIN THE ORIGINAL TEXT OF THE NOVEL.*


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  • File Size: 443 KB
  • Print Length: 66 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I4W89OK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,896 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Both fascinating and thought provoking June 14, 2014
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This was the most gripping novel I've read in recent years, but also the kind of book that makes you think about it long after you have finished it. Our book club is devoting a second meeting to just the last chapter. If you want to read it, make sure you will have time, because once you start you won't put it down. It is full of characters who are are flawed, but strangely sympathetic nonetheless, and they are woven together in an ingeniously constructed story. If Donna Tartt is only going to put out a book every decade, I for one am willing to wait for the next one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent companion for the Goldfinch June 16, 2014
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Since I was leading my book club discussion on The Goldfinch, I was thrilled (and grateful) to come across this. It helped me beyond words, both in facilitating a meaningful discussion and for getting a great deal more out of the book myself. Highly, highly recommend. If you are investing all that time in reading The Goldfinch, this will make it all the more worthwhile. Frankly, I wish more books had such a meaningful option to accompany them.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Guide to "The Goldfinch" July 24, 2014
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The content of this guide was excellent. The plot summary was very thorough. The only thing that kept me from giving it five stars is that there were a fair amount of typos; the book was not properly edited. I was using the Kindle version of the guide, so that may have been part of the problem.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars helpful post-read guide July 5, 2014
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I don't belong to a Book Club, but I was quite enamored of The Goldfinch and wanted to expand my enjoyment with a more in-depth view. This Guide was exactly what I wanted. A brief, though-provoking review of the themes, characters, and allusions, which helped to enrich my understanding of a marvelous book.

The Guide crystallized several aspects of the story that I had recognized on my own, and pointed out a few things I'd missed. While I still wonder about the repeated Christmas scenes, the Guide did provide an interesting review of the other major themes (orphans, addiction, parenting, head vs. heart). I was also surprised to learn a bit about the author -- particularly, when in the course of writing the book did she first discover the painting. It was certainly not in the order I'd imagined!

This Guide also included a fairly extensive synopsis of the book, as well as a pop quiz seemingly designed for teachers to determine if your student had actually read the 800pp book. Of course, if the student had merely read the extensive synopsis that would probably be sufficient to pass the test :-)

Overall, I definitely recommend this Guide.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Discussion of themes okay, but character descriptions and synopsis not enlightening. Questions just okay, but a book group leader could come up with better ones. AND there was a least one grammar error and many punctuation errors. The editor needs to look up rules for semi-colons which he misuses throughout. Not worth buying.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Companion Book June 20, 2014
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The Goldfinch is such a "big" book, in all sense of the word that this guide book is a perfect companion book. It doesn't matter if your not even in a book club. You can use it to keep track of characters, scenes and settings.

I personally do belong to a book club that is reading this book later in the year and I plan to use this smaller version as reference to refresh prior to the meeting. The Goldfinch was one of those "knock your socks off" books but it is almost 800 pages long. Over time I find some of the lesser characters and their place in the story line becomes fuzzy.

What a great contribution Kathryn Cope made for those of us who are getting up in years and need reminders now and then. Thank you, Kathryn.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Companion To Have June 18, 2014
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This Readers Club handbook provides many helpful details about such subjects as the background for the novel, the plot, the symbolism, the characters, and the settings. I read the novel first and then I referred to handbook for comparison, confirmation, and explanations. The handbook includes both short answer questions and long answer questions to entertain and clarify ideas. For example, a short answer question asks "Why does Boris call Theo Decker 'Popper'? A long-answer question asks "Is it better to follow one's heart or one's mind?"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is a mini-thesis on "The Goldfinch," packed with very readable/understandable information on themes, symbols and character motivation. It's not only great for book clubs, but also for anyone who might want to delve a little deeper into "The Goldfinch." Find out about the literary influences on the book, bird imagery used throughout, location and mood and the role weather played, as well as a full (and detailed) plot summary and questions for book clubs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very helpful!
Published 15 days ago by JoAnn M. Hansen
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Extremely helpful identifying the important ideas the book is revealing.
Published 21 days ago by Donna Haskill
4.0 out of 5 stars it's too bad that the book itself didn't maintain the high caliber ...
The guide provided insights into THE GOLDFINCH that were worthy of consideration. I bought the guide because I was less than thrilled with the original book and it did add some... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Wordsmith
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed the book.
Published 29 days ago by Connie Head
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great detailed book requires a guide to appreciate it. A lifetime of reading, it is.
Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A bit long but a great story. An ode to Dickens.
Published 1 month ago by catherine roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars ... as I read little fiction and don't want to waste my time
After initially reading a number of negative reviews from others I was hesitant to read this as I read little fiction and don't want to waste my time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bernard W. Leger
4.0 out of 5 stars This quide was great. I was being allowed only 20 minutes to ...
This quide was great. I was being allowed only 20 minutes to review 780 pages of a fantastic work of fiction. Read more
Published 1 month ago by don Tomas
3.0 out of 5 stars I thought there was too much about drugs and addiction ...
I thought there was too much about drugs and addiction. I realize the drug subject was important in the b
Published 2 months ago by virginia lavner
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
We did not enjoy the book. The guide helped to make it through the review.
Published 2 months ago by Kathleen L.
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Kathryn Cope has a degree in English Literature from Manchester University and a master's degree in Contemporary Fiction from the University of York. She is a reviewer and founder of her own book group. Kathryn lives in the English Peak District with her husband, son and dogs.


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