My sister jokes that too much of a good thing is an awesome thing. She may be onto something as that is exactly how some Holistic Ladies felt about the Goldfinch. Donna Tartt’s rise to fame is the talk in literary circles. Her writing style is so vivid that some not only felt drawn to but almost intruding the protagonist’s personal space. For Sarah, the writing was so palpable that she had to put the book down to avoid devouring such a beautiful story. But for others, too much vivid writing was not necessarily enjoyable- especially when reading the whirlwind of Theo’s friendship with Boris.
We talked about the “Bori’s” in our lives during our transitional years, how Theo was dealt the short end of the stick and how he ultimately absorbs his dad’s traits. Check out Donna Tartt’s discussion of the book for more insight on the book and her writing process.
Here are some of our memorable quotes
- “Maybe sometimes- the wrong way is the right way? You can take the wrong path and it still comes out where you want to be? Or spin it the other way, sometimes you can do everything wrong and it still turns out to be right?”
- That life- whatever it is – is short. That fate is cruel but maybe not random.
Our next book is a collection of essays called “The Empathy Exams” by Leslie Jamison. Check back next month for the blog update.