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Donna Tartt Wins The Pulitzer - "The Goldfinch" in Eight Reviews


The 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced. If you missed the news, here are The Arts winners:


  • Drama: The Flick by Annie Baker
  • History: The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 by Alan Taylor
  • Biography or Autobiography: Margaret Fuller: A New American Lifeby Megan Marshall
  • Poetry: 3 Sections by Vijay Seshadri
  • General Nonfiction: Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin
  • Music: Become Ocean by John Luther Adams





  • Fiction: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt


Someone once said that Beautiful writing requires subtle soul.


This quote works perfectly for writers and book readers. Donna Tartt won your hearts with her beautiful writing. Have a look at Donna Tartt's novel The Goldfinch in BookLikes reviewers' eyes and how the book affected their lives.



Ryan DeJonghe - The Avid Reader:

People interested in literature should take no second thoughts of diving in headfirst. Writers should study this book as if it were classic art. Lexiconists will appreciate the careful assembly of words. If you’ve been waiting to read a book of great literary value, this is it... read more



The Goldfinch showcases Tartt’s real strength as a writer – the creation of the kind of flawed-yet-charming characters we would watch from a safe distance in real life, but who we get to observe close up in her books. Her narrator Theo, who bobs unmoored through adolescence while various adults fail to care about him very much, is compelling enough, but Tartt also gives us an Artful Dodger to Theo’s Oliver Twist in the form of Boris, the kind of force of nature who, age fifteen, chugs vodka as a digestif and introduces Theo to a lifestyle so decadent it would wring an envious tear from the eye of Peter the Great. It’s hard to get enough of Boris and Theo, and that’s not to mention the strong cast of supporting players... read more


Books are Alibis:

I lived this book. I felt like I was a part of it. Everything was ultra-realistic and believable. It was so real for me... read more



I just checked my local library and discovered to my horror that there were 64 holds on this book which means that I can wait until she publishes her next book or visit Chapters tomorrow and buy a copy for myself. Easy choice... read more


..And This is My Conclusion:

I remember how it was that day and the days afterwards- the time when you think that perhaps you are going to be this person- you think it as dramatically as only a dramatic teenager can, and then you live through the surreal hours doing surreal things…. Well, the glimmer of that that Tartt brought alive here, it brought out some memories that I haven’t thought about in years, and brought them back much more vividly than I had expected. That’s the first reason I’m writing this review and telling you the above story- I felt it was the most fitting tribute I could give to tell the truth that this story brought back to me... read more


Kate Says: "Reading Is Fun!":

There's no doubt in my mind that Donna Tartt is a brilliant genius and one of the most descriptive authors of our strange and wonderful time, as the descriptions throughout this book became more important to me, than even the plot itself... read more


Michael's Book Babble:

This is a novel that requires patience. It takes its time and while there are some crucial plot points, this is a story more focused on characters. And how one event can change everything in the end... read more


Chris Blocker - Literary Snob:

Donna Tartt is an amazing writer. She has a masterful grasp on her story and understands the language she employs. Even considering it takes her ten years to write each novel, there is an exceptionally high level of understanding of craft in these pages. Her characters are engaging if not always believable. Her language is interesting and intelligent. And the plot... it slows only long enough for the reader to catch their breath... read more