*The Goldfinch*, by Donna Tartt

Many people are calling this book the novel of the year (reviews here).  It’s pretty good and it held my attention — I read 780 pp. and was never tempted to quit.  It is an ideal plane read, but I don’t expect it will stick with me.  I put it in the “worth reading if you’ve read most of the other books you want to read” category, but that is not a space you should wish to inhabit.

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It’s pretty good and it held my attention — I read 780 pp. and was never tempted to quit

Really? I gave up about 100 pages in; like many others I loved The Secret History and didn't finish the second one. Mostly The Goldfinch makes me ask why The Secret History is so compelling; most of the superficial reasons don't make sense. With The Goldfinch, I kept thinking, possibly unfairly, "Who cares?"

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the “worth reading if you’ve read most of the other books you want to read” category

Are there people who have this category? I can't imagine EVER having read most of the books I want to read, considering that list runs well into the hundreds and I have to work for a living.

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I liked _The Secret History_ - my review is at http://dannyreviews.com/h/The_Secret_History.html - but couldn't get into her second novel at all. I think Tyler's damning with faint praise is enough to kill any temptation I had to try _The Goldfinch_, even if I could face an 800 page novel at the moment.

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If you want to read a novel that long, it is better to read "Wool".

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