Charles West Book Group
Third Friday of Every Month
1:00 - we have the room until 5:00 pm
Party Room - Floor 31
Time: 1:00 pm sharp
Date: Friday, March 16 2018
The Goldfinch (2013)
Lorna gave us an interesting presentation on her choice of book, The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt. Lorna pointed out that the little goldfinch in the painting (1654) by Carel Fabritius, has a chain around its ankle anchoring it to its perch. This is the painting that is at the heart of the book, and it was on show at the Scottish National Gallery at the end of 2016. Lorna, herself, had thoroughly enjoyed the book, which is why she recommended it to us. She mentioned that although it had won the Pulitzer Prize, along with other awards, the critics were sharply divided in their opinions of the book. Some loved it, others wondered why it had won any awards at all.
A very interesting discussion ensued, with by far the largest consensus having loved the book, even if it were a little long at over 700 pages. When asked, Dr. Ruth pointed out that it couldn’t be called literature in the true definition of that word. Lorna agreed, saying that many critics had compared the writing to that of a teenage novel. On the hand, the characters in the book were not very old, nor were they well-educated. They wouldn’t have used sophisticated language. No one in our Group really cared, as they had found the book so entertaining. Lorna was thanked for having introduced us to The Goldfinch, and given everyone so much pleasure.