Reading Corner: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

We all have those books that have sat on our shelves for the longest time, telling ourselves that “I just don’t have time to read it” or “I wouldn’t be able to give it all my attention.” However, now that most of us are facing a lot of time indoors, there is the perfect excuse to finally get to those books that we’ve been putting off.

One of the main issues for me is the big books. Those that sit at over 500 pages and just seem so daunting because I feel that I don’t have enough time to properly immerse myself in their lengthy narratives. Over the last week I decided to tackle The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, which is 864 pages long – the longest book I have ever read! It was so worth ploughing through all of those pages as it is such a heart-breaking story that has a satisfying and thought-provoking conclusion.

The Goldfinch follows the story of Theodore Decker from his early teens to his late twenties. When Theo is thirteen years old, tragedy strikes with an explosion in an art gallery in which his mum dies, completely changing the course of his life. From then on, Theo is passed from one household to another with no real place where he feels at home. The only thing he has left of his mother is a painting of The Goldfinch.

So, this Reading Corner is to encourage you to face up to the big books that you have so far been putting off, because it is so worth it when you get to the end. Not to mention you feel pretty proud of yourself; reading The Goldfinch, as silly as it sounds, has made me feel like I’ve accomplished something despite everything that is going on.

Amie Greenhalgh

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