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The Goldfinch. View PDF. Pulitzer Prize for Fiction book | Fiction | The Goldfinch entered the New York Times bestseller list at number two and. Download The Goldfinch Ebook PDF Free Download. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that. The Goldfinch Description:"A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and determined.

Boy with a Skull i. I'd been shut up in my hotel for more than a week, afraid to telephone anybody or go out; and my heart scrambled and floundered at even the most innocent noises: elevator bell, rattle of the minibar cart, even church clocks tolling the hour, de Westertoren, Krijtberg, a dark edge to the clangor, an inwrought fairy-tale sense of doom. Outside, all was activity and cheer. It was Christmas, lights twinkling on the canal bridges at night; red-cheeked dames en heren, scarves flying in the icy wind, clattered down the cobblestones with Christmas trees lashed to the backs of their bicycles. In the afternoons, an amateur band played Christmas carols that hung tinny and fragile in the winter air. Chaotic room-service trays; too many cigarettes; lukewarm vodka from duty free. During those restless, shut-up days, I got to know every inch of the room as a prisoner comes to know his cell. It was my first time in Amsterdam; I'd seen almost nothing of the city and yet the room itself, in its bleak, drafty, sunscrubbed beauty, gave a keen sense of Northern Europe, a model of the Netherlands in miniature: whitewash and Protestant probity, co-mingled with deep-dyed luxury brought in merchant ships from the East. I spent an unreasonable amount of time scrutinizing a tiny pair of gilt-framed oils hanging over the bureau, one of peasants skating on an ice-pond by a church, the other a sailboat flouncing on a choppy winter sea: decorative copies, nothing special, though I studied them as if they held, encrypted, some key to the secret heart of the old Flemish masters. Outside, sleet tapped at the windowpanes and drizzled over the canal; and though the brocades were rich and the carpet was soft, still the winter light carried a chilly tone of , privation and austerities, weak tea without sugar and hungry to bed. Early every morning while it was still black out, before the extra clerks came on duty and the lobby started filling up, I walked downstairs for the newspapers.

Donna Tartt draws a parallel between Theo and the Goldfinch, seeing them both as creatures attempting to liberate themselves only to be tethered down again.

This is best illustrated when Theos attention converges on one point of the painting that he describes as Only occasionally did I notice the chain on the finchs ankle, or think what a cruel life for a little living creaturefluttering briefly, forced always to land in the same hopeless place Even though Theo remains chained down, he tries to liberate himself from the binding force of the past when he becomes engaged to Kitsey Barbour.

Theos engagement to Kitsey demonstrates his attempt to live a normal adult life. However, when he says my soul, disconnected from the body and drifting among other souls in a mist somewhere between past and present , Theo demonstrates that he is not quite able to detach from the ideals of his past.

Tartt employs Theos mention of drifting between past and present to illustrate the pivotal moment where Theos engagement could institute happiness into his life or leave him aloof in the same despondent place in which he began.

Theo reveals that his relationship with Kitsey is not all he hoped it would be when he describes his interactions with Kitsey and her friends. Kitseys friends say to Theo but oh, thats right, Theo, you dont golf, you dont ski, you dont sail, do Pekelney 3 you Theos inability to interact with Kitsey and her friends in her life, demonstrates that his attempt to move on from the past is transient.

He feels lonely and isolated because he does not identify with the fast paced eclectic lifestyles of Kitseys friends.

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Ultimately, what Theo thought would help him move on from the past only kept him chained to it. Like the finch, Theo tires to liberate himself only to return to the same hopeless place, bound by the painting with a feeling of despondency that he felt in his longing to hold on to his wistful past.

Once Theo lets go of the painting and his past, he is finally able to break the chain and discern the true meaning of his life. Initially, Theo believes that the physical painting gives him meaning when he says, The painting had made me feel less mortal, less ordinary.

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It was the keystone that held the whole cathedral up However, Theos view of the paintings meaning changes through his experience of losing it. When Theo discovers that the painting is missing, the long held sense of security that shielded him from his mothers death begins to rapidly dissipate.

As Theo describes it, So many things were flashing in on me at once that I could hardly get my breath In order to regain the security that Theo so desperately needs, he begins a frantic search for the painting. Ironically, it is this search for security that leads Theo back to the most insecure moment of his life, the explosion.

In his final skirmish for the painting, Theo shoots Martin, describing the bang from the gunshot as [a] defining echo that drove me so deep inside my skull that it was less like the actual sound striking my eardrums than a wall slamming down hard in my mind and driving me back into some internal blackness from childhood The blackness of childhood that Theo mentions is his mothers death, the moment of his life that he has tried so hard to avoid facing.

Forced to confront the loss of his mother through the loss of the painting, Theo ultimately realizes that the painting is not the Pekelney 4 comforting object he envisioned it to be. The true value in his life was not the painting or the people within it, but in the act of loving beautiful things like his mother and the painting. As Theo describes it, And I add my own love to the history of people who have loved beautiful thingspassing them from hand to handfrom the wreck of time to the next generation of lovers Unlike so many vendor relationships where I am simply an account, Rich and Susan take a genuine interest in my progress.

I feel like they are business partners. They proactively look for ways to help me generate business, and are as anxious about my results as I am.

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