I hope it is better edited than The Little Friend. I think Ms. Tartt is one of the most talented writers of our time and The Secret History is a masterpiece, but she missed the mark with her second effort. Wonder what happened?
Movie rights might have been purchased and at some point the project shelved. Several years ago some Upstate New York colleges were being scouted for location shooting for a movie adaptation of the book.
I know, me too, but waiting for a book by an author of her caliber takes time. She is not a book a month writer, thank God. Since I first read The Secret History I was captivated by her storytelling and the nuanced way she puts it together without a lot of useless filler. Amazing writer!
I am almost finished The Goldfinch and don't want it to end...I feel as though I just want to make sure I can find a book of Donna Tartt's that I haven't read before I finish this one. I am addicted to her writing.
I savor each sentence. Her mind is so keen and wide ranging although her world view tends to be on the dark side. She brings characters so alive...the way they look...facial expressions...their manner of speaking and dress..I love all the descriptive detail of settings..she explores every dimension of a home, a town, a garden until you feel you are there. I am reading "The Little Friend: having read "The Goldfinch" and "The Secret History" I could go on and on. She is a superb and intelligent writer.
The characters in Goldfinch will always be with me. It feels as though I personally knew Theo and Boris especially. I have read thousands of books in my lifetime and this one was by far the best. At some point I hope to be able to go back and do it again, but was listening to the short audio here on Amazon and maybe that would be a good way to do it. After reading Goldfinch, I jumped eagerly into The Little Friend and was underwhelmed and disappointed. Maybe anything would have disappointed me at that point. So I moved to The Secret History which was excellent. I fear that at 10 years waiting time for each book to appear, I may not make it to the next. Here's to the heroes and villains of The Goldfinch and most especially to Donna Tartt who has earned every accolade she's been given.
I stumbled upon The Goldfinch by accident. I had downloaded a random pile of suspense novels to sweeten a long-haul flight. Two paragraphs into The Goldfinch I sat bolt upright, thinking, 'Wow! This woman can WRITE!' After that, sleep was out of the question and I could hardly stop reading for the next three days. The funny thing was that I had no idea who this author was and only found out afterward that she got the Pulitzer Prize for this novel! What an outstanding author! I can't wait for her to publish more.
Mary, you are not alone in looking forward to the next book. We waited 10 years for this one! I recommend you go back to her first novel, the Secret History if you loved the Goldfinch. Her third novel, the Little Friend, is also a good read.
Donna Tartt is my favorite author, I read The Goldfinch first, loved it so much, then went on to read The Secret Histoy. With both books I felt like I was living inside the books, I was friends with the charactors, I knew them. I wanted the stories to keep going on & on. I am now reading The Little Friend, I am liking it too, I can picture in my mind each charactor. Fantastic writing, I hope Donna Tartt continues to write books for many years to come. I can't wait for the next one!
I agree that A Secret History and the Goldfinch were great reads. Miss Tartt really can write and I would go on to say that she is the best new author to come along in many, many years. However, The Little Friend (while a great read from start to finish) left us with many unanswered questions. I wonder what happened? Did she just decide to end it? I will look forward to another book. I still believe she is one of today's best writers. Thank you Donna Tartt! Keep on going. You have a lot of followers out here!
The Goldfinch and A Secret History are absolute masterpieces! I habitually, and fanatically recommend them to every reader I know. I also agree with most of you that The Little Friend, while an excellent read, fell a bit short. But since I read the other two works first, the bar was so high it would have been tough to surpass it. Like Tom Wolfe's last book, Back to Blood, while a good book, he had previously set the bar so high that he couldn't get over it. But I am definitely deeply in love with Ms. Tartt's work!