I first read The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt in February 2018 to March, then again in April and last summer. I just fell in love with this book and have a particular relation with it, since I was going through dark times when I first read it.

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If you don't know the story is a coming-of-age tale told in the first person. The protagonist, 13-year-old Theodore Decker, survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum where his mother dies. While staggering through the debris, he takes with him a small Dutch Golden Age painting called The Goldfinch. It becomes a singular source of hope for him as he descends into a world of crime, drugs, depression and addiction. (so much fun lol)

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The story mostly takes place in NYC, Las Vegas' suburbs and Amsterdam. I think it's a important detail to me bc as a european Amsterdam is a familiar city to me, but I (and don't we all) gave this strange facination for NYC being the town of possibles, opened-culture and dreams. And for Las Vegas I have this weird obsession for quiet, blank suburbs so well that's on me. The places served well the novel and couldn't be any better.

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The first thing that touched me is my similarity with Theo's situation (before is mother's death). The way he lives, is familial situation, I will not get in my personal life but for those who read the book, yes even my step mothere has a Popchik. It really intrigued me. And then, the way Theo acted strarted to piss me off and I realised he was just simply thinking like me. I had the exact same thoughts as him on a daily basis. An when someone like Donna Tartt arrives to put words on such complicated feelings and emotions you felt, without even having experienced it herself, it's just amazing. To relate by situation, action and thoughts so much in a character was scary to me and I think this is why I don't really like him , bc he's just like me. Especially reading the novel in a bad period of my existence. Theo does't met any bad person who want a bad end for him (except at the end), the only dangerous person to him, is himself. His obssessions are also the same as mine, it's scary... But these similarities are a comfort to me and I hope I'm not the only one who felt that way.

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And then, Boris. For me there are two hearts i the novel. Boris is one of them. Boris is the russian immigrated kid that Theo met in Vegas. They spent almost two years, by themsleves (their parents being 'occupied'), stealing, taking drugs, fighting, reading books and watching russian movies together. But yet what is interesting is there particular connection, with these unspoken drunk nights, which Theo forgets about, and their weird frienship, love for eachother. They are not friends, borthers or lovers, there are no words to qualify what they have. You just have to read their story and then undertsand their 'thing'. Boris is the one without who Theo would have killed himslef by the begining of the book, he doesn't take himslef as serioulsy as Theo, is naïve and act before thinking, while Theo is the total opposite. They stilll have similarities tho.

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Art is the novel as a pretty big importance. Through the painting, Theo's mother's love for art, Theo and Boris' novels, the music they listen to and Hobbie's antiquities. Theo's attachement to the paiting is the leading string to the 1000 pages book and Donna Tartt's descriptions of it just make me want to take a plane to Rotterdam and see it. Theo also has knowledge in paintings and art in general, thanks to his mother and education and has a way to feel art that is admirable. We can also read Boris' russian novels or Theo's school novels (Wind, Sand And stars, Shakespeare or Ozma of Oz) to understand more their way of thinking, watching their favorites movies or just listen to jazz, radiohead, mazzy star or the beatles as Theo tells us he usually do with Boris.

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I can't say everything about The Goldfinch in one article, Theo's addiction, obssession for Pippa, trauma, Hobbie, Mrs Barbour, his trip de Amsterdam, Rimbaud's quotes and everything that took 9 years to write and be thought in every way possible. So read the mf book before watching the movie and not because there's 'a gay' love story with finn wolfhard and ansel elgort because it's really not about that.

NB: i might make an article abt my fav quotes