Saturday, 6 December 2014

Advent day 6:

THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt

‘Did you notice anything going wrong with your eyes?’ the eye specialist asked in August. ‘Any extra floaters or shadows dropping past your eyes? It would have been a few months ago… maybe March?’

And when I thought about it, I had. I switched from reading actual books with tiny print and started reading almost everything on my Ipad, which lit up the pages and I could blow up the font so it was huge. And from them on, much of what I read was bang-up-to-the-minute, recently-released novels. It became a bit of an unwitting project – reading almost everything that was in Wh Smiths’ Top Ten. And first among these was this immense and absorbing book.

Some episodes are way too long (hello, Las Vegas) but she recreates places and times so vividly on the page, we feel we’ve lived through these hectic phases of life with the characters. I really felt I’d lived through every page of this one.

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