I have been getting rather annoyed with blurbs the last few years and I am trying to steer clear of them as much as possible. Of course they come in handy for judging a book quickly and I do read them for unknown authors or authors that are hit or miss. After reading a book and looking at the blurb I have often thought “That’s a bit spoilery. I could have done not knowing about that.” Why do blurbs have to contain spoilers of the first 100 pages of plot?
Anyway my point is with “The Goldfinch” is I made a concerted effort to avoid blurbs or any description of any kind before reading it. And looking back at the blurb now I have to say:
DON’T READ THE BLURB!
I would have been so disappointed with that knowledge. Sure sometimes I get pissed off with books with no blurb and just quotes from Bill Bryson and Stephen Hawking. But this is me this time, and this is my gushing thumbs up, and that means more than Bill Bryson’s. And therefore this review is just going to amount to a huge gush of adoration with no plot details at all.
Of course I can tell you all what I loved about this book apart from plot details. And the plot was great. Lots of surprises, lots of intrigue. The characters are all wonderful, both to love and to hate. The writing is just so fucking brilliant. 800 or so pages in just under 3 days. That is how good.
I also loved Donna’s “The Secret History” for a lot of the same reasons. She has definitely become one of my favorite authors, and it is good to know that she is popular. A rare overlap between what the masses love and what I love.
I don’t know if this is an adequate review. But I loved it. And you should read it.