The Goldfinch Book Club Discussion Questions

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The Goldfinch Book Club Discussion Questions

1. Did you enjoy The Goldfinch and would you recommend this book to your friends?

2. The Goldfinch is 771 pages long. Did it keep you engage while reading it?

3. Donna Tartt is very descriptive and goes into depth over every little nuance and scene, did you find her writing wordy or did you enjoy the depth of her writing? Do you feel the time it took you to read The Goldfinch was worth it?

4. Do you feel after reading and absorbing all that happened in The Goldfinch that the book was a realistic portrayal of life and tragedy? Which part of the book did you find realistic?

5. Who were your favorite characters in the novel and why?

6. There were many themes in The Goldfinch, such as art, beauty, loss, family, and freedom. Which theme appear to be most prominent in your mind?

7. Tartt’s use of some British English words and saying that were used by certain characters did not appear appropriate for the American characters, why do you think she did that and did it affect your perception of these characters?

8. Was the conclusion of the story what you expected or did it take you by surprise?


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2 thoughts on “The Goldfinch Book Club Discussion Questions

  1. Hi Laura.
    Thanks so much for your amazing insight and comments on The Goldfinch! I agree with everything you said and you made me realize even more now why this book won the Pulitzer. You could have written the review for our book club 🙂

    We love hearing from you! Please drop by again.

  2. I LOVED THIS BOOK! and suggested it to friends who hated it and didn’t bother to finish because they were so frustrated with the characters/story. I think this book was written like life is lived. It takes place on many levels, in many lives and is motivated by many experiences unknown to us. I’ve learned that real life is sometimes painful (joyful, frustrating, sad, funny…) to watch. And this book is sometimes painful (funny, frustrating, etc.) to read. But I feel the need to remind readers that I think it was the author’s intent to elicit all of these emotions.
    Remember the scene from the movie Parenthood were the grandmother describes life like a roller coaster? (If not, Google it). “Hold on and enjoy the ride”! Hold on and enjoy the (crazy, sad, frustrating, funny, AND surprising) ride of this book!

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