Tartt's "The Goldfinch" (19134) New Date: January 13, 2020

New Date: Monday, January 13, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

$50.00 (10% off for members)

Donna Tartt’s  Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Goldfinch  (2014)  involves a terrorist incident, a stolen artwork, and a motley cast of con-artists, orphans, and surrogate parents.  Theo, a rudderless teenage protagonist flees between the cities of New York and Amsterdam and roves the deserts of Las Vegas in search of meaning, connection and a painting bound to outlive its human counterparts. The Goldfinch is a giant in pages—sprawling, gripping, powerful, and colorful in storytelling— but, the critics opined, a sparrow in style, uneven in substance.  Readers largely disagreed, and the novel flew off the shelves by the thousands. Now the Goldfinch is back, as a 2019 movie starring Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson, Jeffrey Wright and Luke Wilson. The film prompts us to look at the novel again, in the light of its cinematic descriptions of place, representations of young manhood and the diverse family structures in America. Over the course of five years since publication, the culture of violence and alienation that was once a phantasm of the future has come closer to our reality. This class will welcome thoughtful debate about the novel, with a focus on the highlights of the reading experience, in contrast to the film. We will also discuss the novel in terms of the traditions of the Bildungsroman and the picaresque, while the ghost of Dickens (alluded to in several aspects of the novel), said to be Tartt's inspiration, looms overhead. New date: Monday, January 13, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) (Paperback) By Donna Tartt

Nicole Miller's prize-winning essays have appeared recently in New Letters and Arts & Letters magazines. Her fiction has been published twice in The Mays, edited by Jill Paton Walsh and Sebastian Faulks. She received an M.Phil. in Victorian Literature from Lincoln College, Oxford; a PhD in English at University College, London; and an MFA at Emerson College, Boston, where she held the Graduate Fellowship in Creative Writing. At The Oxford English Dictionary, she has served as a scholarly reader for British Dialects since 2002. She edits faculty manuscripts in Harvard’s English Department and teaches nineteenth and twentieth century British literature at Politics and Prose in Washington D.C.

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ISBN: 9780316055444
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 7th, 2015