• The Goldfinch: by Donna Tartt: Analysis

  • By: BookBuddy
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 31-01-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: BookBuddy
  • 2.5 out of 5 stars 2.7 (3 ratings)


Donna Tartt's fictional novel The Goldfinch follows the tragic story of a young boy, Theo Decker who loses his mother. Take your listening experience to the next level by analyzing every detail, from the author's writing style to the individual characters. Why did Donna Tartt choose first-person point of view, and how do the boy's memories help convey the story's messages? Travel from New York to Las Vegas as you follow Theo's story and end up in Amsterdam.
Listen to this analysis alongside the The Goldfinch to get chapter-by-chapter overviews that clarify any confusing encounters. The story is divided into five acts with sub-chapters that follow Theo's life in the aftermath of his mother's unexpected death. See firsthand how he copes with the tragic event while receiving expert opinions on what is really going on under the surface of each character.
Dig deeper into the meaning of the story by discovering recurring images like water and birds. The dynamic cast of characters impact Theo's life in diverse ways as he struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder and seeks his inner artist. Discussion questions and responses help you look further than the superficial text to prolong your enjoyment of The Goldfinch.
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2 out of 5 stars
By KarenFallows on 12-09-16

Basic synopsis with maybe one or two interesting analytical points

This is very basic.
I wouldn't buy more of their resources as you're just buying a synopsis with a few interesting comments.
I expected more information about themes, motifs, foreshadowing and a developed discussion about writing techniques.
However, it is just a low GCSE guide

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2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 24-07-16

This was not an analysis; it was a precise

Very disappointing. The main bulk of this was just precise; dividing up the parts & chapters & saying in brief what happened . Some pertinent insights Into symbolism used Etc. I felt Boris's role, which was pivotal, was severely understated.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jan Napp on 22-06-17

Very helpful

Since I missed some symbolism, metaphors, and other insights when I heard the audiobook, this helped me. However, I wish it was longer and more in depth.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ozias on 14-07-15

Worth it!

This was a wonderful analysis. When I read this book, I knew there was so much more that was going over my head, and I have so much closure finally have it all explained.

Includes good book club questions!

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