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I felt like I was immersed in the story from page one and could see everything happening and imagine it. The writing was really beautiful but still easy to understand, which is not always the case with adult or literary fiction books.

The characters were phenomenal and seeing their journey over the years, especially Theo, was so great. I really enjoyed the story but I don't really want to say a ton about it because I think it's better NOT to know a lot about it going in. Suffice it to say this book is really engaging and the overall plot is so so interesting. And there you have it! I've said my piece. Loved parts of it, really disliked other parts of it.

Overall a pretty solid read. View 2 comments. But then it fell off, sharply. The last 3rd dragged for me. Even beloved Boris started to grate. Tartt has always gotten a few more balls up in the air than she can gracefully land.

Secret History worked, nonetheless, The Little Friend utterly failed. This book was somewhere in between. But there was a lot to love here. But Tartt adds a particularly traumatic twist — she takes the Met, a place that is a place of refuge, solace and enchantment for so many of us, especially those of us who grew up here — and makes it her Ground Zero.

I had a panicky feeling reading those chapters. His Holly Golightly-esque mother, the amazing Barbours stepped out of the pages of the Preppy Handbook , timeless unworldly Hobie, barren Las Vegas and brilliant picaresque Boris.

I just kept turning pages — enthralled, saddened, yes, of course, but just enjoying reading and the ride. Time is so interesting in this novel: Hobie is timeless, but so much of the novel is just as achronistic more than anachronistic.

Or 50 years ago? Basil E. Certainly a little Wharton and James along the way. Tartt plays in a world that is both satisfyingly real and satisfyingly imaginary — especially to those of us whose imagination is irretrievably deformed by literature! But then — we bog down. A few too many drugs. A few too many nightmares. A few too many raveling and unraveling plot threads. But then the book goes on, and on. After all that drama, we are left with a rather adolescent Romantic poetry-esque invocation to rage against the dying of the light, while remembering that Beauty is Truth … I know some people I respect have loved that ending, but it felt cheap to me, in light of all that had come before, a sort of "Cliff Notes key to the novel" postscript instead of coming to terms with a proper ending.

Ah well, still undoubtedly worth the candle or kilo of candles, as the case may be. And in 10 years, when both Ms.

Tartt and I have slipped irrevocably into late middle age, I shall be sure to read her next investigation of childhood and adolescence really — have you noticed? View all 25 comments.

I think I have a strategy now for long books - to listen to the audiobook while reading. Seriously, it works. I did it previously for Under the Dome by Stephen King, which made the experience all the more enjoyable and cinematic, and I started doing it around halfway through with The Goldfinch because frankly, I didn't enjoy the fact that I had to keep taking long breaks from reading while I was out and about or at work.

Because I mean come on , this book is a beast and a bit too heavy to lug abo I think I have a strategy now for long books - to listen to the audiobook while reading.

Because I mean come on , this book is a beast and a bit too heavy to lug about.

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So here we are, I have finally completed my last Donna Tartt book. Did I enjoy it? Hell yes. Am I looking forward to her next release probably at some point in my 30s?

Hell yes again. The Goldfinch isn't my favourite book of Tartt's that I've read so far, but I think it's fair to say that it's her most accomplished to date. After all, this is her most recent book, and it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in It is sweeping in its scale, a true coming-of-age tale that fans of that kind of book will probably lap up. The novel follows Theo Decker, a young boy who after a tragic accident loses his mother, and acquires an incredibly famous painting - The Goldfinch - in the process.

From here we follow him as he narrates his life many years on, seeing his damaged childhood and the man that he will eventually become. I think it's best to leave things there with regards to a plot summary, because I think this book is best enjoyed with as little knowledge of the plot as possible.

Also, word of warning, don't go on the wikipedia page - the first paragraph of the whole page, never mind the plot summary, will spoil later events for you. Yes, I was annoyed. I thought Theo Decker was a very well-rounded character, and definitely a protagonist that you could both sympathise with and thoroughly dislike. He makes some terrible decisions, he treats people badly, but at the centre of it all he has a lot of heart, and cares and loves things and people incredibly deeply.

I thought the pain he experienced through losing his mother was detailed incredibly well, and I truly felt for him as he navigated a variety of troubling experiences throughout his childhood. However, I think it's fair to say that it's not Theo Decker that makes this book - it's the secondary characters, his friends and companions through life.

Boris is probably my favourite character in the whole book - sarcastic, passionate, caring, and a bit of a loose canon. And then there is of course Hobie - I have a soft spot for older, slightly eccentric gentlemen, and Hobie fit the bill perfectly.

I wanted him to be my dad pretty much, and I loved the audiobook narrator David Pittu's portrayal of him.

As a character he warms your heart and makes you smile. There are definitely some serious themes covered in this book - bereavement, drug and alcohol abuse, gambling, and crime. I like all those things in books, because I am a bit on the miserable side, so if you like uplifting happy books, maybe this isn't the one for you.

But if you want a literary fiction novel on the grand side of things, coming-of-age stories with less than likeable protagonists, and some truly great dialogue, then I think you will enjoy The Goldfinch.

I'm definitely glad I finally got round to it. View all 6 comments. Thirteen-year-old New Yorker, Theo Decker, lost his mother in an explosion in an art museum. He becomes a candidate for foster care since his father abandoned them a few years earlier. Thus begins his journey through the world of the wealthy and influential players in society, the middle-class dicey world of his dad, the lonely world of abandoned abused friends he finds in unlikely places.

Through it all he clings to his memories of his mother and a painting of the little bird which his mother a Thirteen-year-old New Yorker, Theo Decker, lost his mother in an explosion in an art museum. Through it all he clings to his memories of his mother and a painting of the little bird which his mother adored. The painting would become her. In protecting it, he also subconsciously protected the dreams his mother had for him.

It became his direct line of communication with her. The last time a book caused such a buzz in my little world, was when Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt hit the stage.

Everybody, who took reading seriously, excitedly bounced up and down urging the rest of mankind to read it. Dan Brown and J. K Rawling changed everything with their versions of best sellers after that, although I was always of the opinion that they used the unique or the shocking to attract readers.

There was just something about these books that captured a much wider audience than was initially targeted. It did not matter where you were, in which country, the books were part of everyone's luggage, or visible book collections on coffee tables.

Friends became foes when one loved it and the other did not. I am not sure if Tartt's book will equal anything like the above-mentioned book sales, ever, but did manage to create quite a stir in a very short time in the company of bibliophiles and became a best seller simply by word of mouth alone.

It almost did not need an aggressive promotional force behind it.

This book sells itself. I did not want to read this book. Simply because I did not like the mass hysterics it created. I bought Dan Brown's books and gave it away as soon as I read the first one. First time that has ever happened. I simply refused to read any Harry Potters.

I also bought other Pulitzer Prize Winners and wish I had not. There was really nothing wrong with the books at all.

I simply was not the right target audience for it. Books that are based on reality, deal with the truth in some or other form, or convincingly represent humanity, are the books I feel comfortable with. It helps when some sort of character represents me in the tale as well.

Someone I can relate to. And if that is impossible, I appreciate it if I can at least relate to the story. Goodreads friends convinced me with their honest reviews to give this book a shot. It really was a good read. Donna Tartt is a real storyteller. She used fairytale elements to attract a serious younger crowd to a book about their reality.

Her inclusion of sights and sounds, silences and smells, as well as capturing the imagination with her descriptive prose on the ambiance of their environment, brought more than a rainbow of color to the tale. Informative, detailed, well-written indeed.

The suspense and adventure enabled her to expose the challenges of the modern world without losing her readers in the process. The text is undoubtedly rich. What bothered me? It cannot be compared to Dan Brown's books, of course, simply because it was written with much more dignity and grace, in the first place.

The aim of the book was quite different. It did not use controversial elements to attract attention. It did not try to shock at all. The Goldfinch addressed reality but at the same time turned it into a fairy tale without compromising the truth of society too much. The lectures and philosophical jigsaw puzzle could have been edited out, however, she made an effort to develop every single character and change perceptions of stereotypical personalities by stretching the story out over so many additional pages.

It brought balance in a way, but it still could have been shortened. There was some philosophical, preachy word-dumping taking place, yet I found the information about the antique furniture fascinating. But I did skip too many pages in the end where 'show don't tell' lost out to passive thoughts instead of actions.

It killed the ending. Drugs and alcohol abuse were just too much, repetitive, neverending. At one point I thought the book read like a soapie. Nobody dared to be happy, it will destroy the reason for continuing the tale.

It took almost pages to conclude the saga after all! The characters were repulsive as well as endearing. They touched me mentally and emotionally even though I did not want that to happen! There are other discrepancies, like mentioning the use of email and cell phones which did not quite fit the time frame of the story, as well as confusing routes between Las Vegas and New York which even looked suspect to me who have never been there. I just allowed it to slide for the greater good.

But it does leave some question marks about the authenticity of the text though. I was also wondering what the author's own experiences with drugs were. The book did not shock. Nothing in it was new. What I did appreciate was the multi-leveled issues addressed. It was as though the author dragged a canvas over modern society, switched on the spotlight and presented our own dark inner world to ourselves.

She highlighted the people behind the veneer. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Shakespeare said it well: But I will certainly recommend it as a good read.

Donna Tartt knows how to construct as well as tell a story in well-executed prose. Minimalism was the key in sentence building. The story had an easy flow. I was surprised that I never really had the urge to constantly skip-read a lot of it, although I had to encourage myself to keep reading. But towards the end I skipped the moral lectures and headed for the goal posts. But good heavens, what happened to the ending? I felt like dropping the ball since I couldn't find the goal posts!

This is why Woods compares it with children's lit. Tartt, lets too much of the hard work go an un-Hobie-like approach to her craft and then incredibly, falls into the trap of wanting to explain to her readers what she meant--in case they needed help figuring it out. Ouch, Donna. The author failed the ending by doing this! I just wanted a more structured, more 'happier' ending after all the hardship and trauma.

But then it would have deceived the reality, right? I so wanted the good to triumph! Alas, it would then not have been considered for the Pullitzer Prize. I get that. But still! The story just faded out. Who knows where the ending went!? I did not fall in love with the book, but could not stop reading it either.

I was left elated as well as sad.


There was just something keeping me yearning for more and more, although I constantly wanted to turn my back on it as well! And if I think back, I realized that nobody was a villain or a hero. They were all just depressingly human, like you and me. Skillfully written.

Masterful prose. Certainly one of the better reads this year. I am glad I bought it. But I did close it with mix feelings reigning me in. I need to consider why. View all 49 comments. The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt The novel is a coming-of-age tale told in the first person.

The protagonist, 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.

The Goldfinch is a novel by the American author Donna Tartt. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, among other honors. Published in , it was Tartt's first novel since The Little Friend in View all 4 comments. What I like most about Tartt is her love of detail. Clothes, furniture, light, cheekbones—she describes her fictional world more clearly than I see my real one. Her pacing is desultory, to put it mildly, but she's capable of writing scenes so gripping and suspenseful that they're hard to get through that part when Theo's on the phone with his lawyer, and his dad's listening on the extension!

The Goldfinch reminds me of The Art of Fielding, in that it's almost completely disconnec What I like most about Tartt is her love of detail. The Goldfinch reminds me of The Art of Fielding, in that it's almost completely disconnected from the real world; both novels read like fairy tales. Tartt acknowledges the existence of smart phones and Facebook, but all of her characters, including teenage American boys, talk like they just stepped out of Dickens "We're in a bit of a tip," "What shall I do?

If you loved the preppiness and privilege of The Secret History, you'll be happy to encounter reams of boat shoes, antiques, and brittle blondes here.

If you have no patience for that world, you might like the swath of the novel set in sun-scorched, trashy Vegas. If you enjoyed the menace of TSH, you'll be pleased with the deaths that pile up in these pages. If you found TSH callow in its treatment of murder, you'll be happy to find that Tartt has grown more comfortable with real emotion. View all 8 comments. Loved the process of half-reading my physical copy, half-listening to the unabridged audiobook version of this book.

Since I'm very interested in translations, it was especially cool to read the original English version and then listen to the German translation. It definitely made for a very unique reading experience!

When it comes to reviewing the actual book itself, I think I'll have to think about it for a bit longer before I can give any coherent opinions. Just know that while I did think it Loved the process of half-reading my physical copy, half-listening to the unabridged audiobook version of this book. Just know that while I did think it was a bit pretentious at times, Theo's narration and the writing style ultimately managed to suck me into the story and into this world, and I'd definitely recommend the book as a whole!

If I were an amoeba, he thought, with an infinitesimal body, I could defeat ugliness. I was in homeroom when they made the announcement. A friend and I, both of us having for some reason left our cell phones at home that day, rushed to the guidance counselor to call and ask after our dads. Still, after I was obviously unable to reach my dad that morning, I called my mother. In the bizarre surreality of that morning, she spent about five minutes laughing at me and making fun of me for not knowing the geography of New York City while I cried and got melodramatic, until of course, which had been her aim all along, I got sheepish and even smiled a little in relief by the end.

The rest of the day felt only like long minutes of waiting for the intercom to buzz and ask another one of my classmates to go to the office. My best friend was called out of chemistry class a few periods later- her father was supposed to fly out of Boston that day. I held her and then collapsed in tears after she left- nobody said a word to me. One kind boy, who I had a crush on for at least a year afterwards, who had never spoken to me before, reached out and hugged me for a moment.

My young teacher, the one everyone had a crush on, punched the wall and then let us just listen to the radio the rest of the period. I was curled up in a ball by last period as if somehow trying to hide the shame of the full ridiculousness of my outfit, which seemed to become more and more apparent and weirdly important as the day went on.

In the end, as it turned out, we only lost one father from the entire school population that I know of. He was not the only person from our town who died, and there were several victims who lived in the next town over.

And still, on that particular day, given the proportion who had gotten on the train that morning, how many people had survived felt like some sort of miracle. In any case, life returned to normal, at least for me and those I was close with, within a few weeks- kids are resilient, guys.

And life goes on. He has family problems to start with that are off the charts, and very few people to lean on. These are all disadvantages that I have come close to having. Like I said, it turned out that anyone I had known was absolutely fine. But 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….

Because, you see, I think that this is a story about ugliness. I think that whatever else this is about, in the end it is a story about ugliness, about the ultimate ugliness that can be committed and the choices that we can make as we try to heal ourselves, and in the end, the only one that really works.

Deal with it or stop reading. The Goldfinch begins with the agonizingly precise memories of a survivor of a bombing in New York City.

He recounts each moment of the day through the prism of his own guilt as a child who somehow survived the bombing, while his mother, whom he was with that day, did not. We follow him through his post-traumatic stress of the months and years ahead as he recounts what his life becomes after the day and the various methods that he finds to deal with the unsatisfying and, really, horrifying reality at hand.

We witness, as near as I can tell, nearly twenty years of his life after the events. The Dickensian comparisons are apt, though I would say that that is only true in part of the first section of the book, and I think that is there merely to set up a frame that is absolutely meant to disappoint us. I think we are meant to be deceived and then undeceived about the purpose of this book using feints of literary devices and I think the Dickensian one is just the most prominent.

All right, then. Summation duties taken care of. This is not a story about an Dickensian orphan- particularly not an orphan who makes good and pulls themselves up by their bootstraps or charming-little-poppetness.

As I say above, this is a story about ugliness and how we heal from such a suffocating, searing amount of ugliness being thrown in our face that it seems difficult to ever completely scroll through the footage, as if it will never be done.

I mentioned above that this is a story about a presumably terrorist bombing in New York City. However, what I failed to mention above is that the target was altered slightly this time. In this version, the chosen site was not the World Trade Center, which in this universe is already gone. This time, because destroying an economic center was not enough, the target was, perhaps as literally as it could be, the content of Western civilization.

That is, the art, culture, learning, the storage and display space of the beauties of millennia: This time it is Rembrandt and Manet and Vermeer, the light colors of the Italian Renaissance, Chinese armor and ancient sculpture that go up in flames along with countless human lives.

He only has eyes for the cute girl down at the end of the gallery receiving a similar lecture from a man he takes to be her grandfather. The rest of the book is him learning what his mother was on about, slowly and painfully. And honestly? Here are some notes and thoughts on what I found as he tries to work through the mess that's left behind: A child who has been constantly abandoned, fending for himself and making his own way again and again.

How does a child cope and deal with things?: Usually by escapism of some sort. In this case first by the fantasy of recreating something out of your own life, then by drugs and running away.

Reality is too hard to look at- you make excuses for it and get ugly with it. A child usually finds some sort of step-parent, some sort of magical person who will make it all right.

He has a land of magical antiques that he learns to fix in a fairy land that is essentially time out of mind, with a sleeping princess who will surely one day awake and become his own. Everything is about to turn out quite all right for the Little Princess, for Oliver Twist, for Jane Eyre… when reality intervenes.

When he learns how thin that fairy tale is and how much people will NOT step over the line to help him- even if they know that it would be best for him. At first he clings to the last normal, tries very hard not to break its china walls and to save something of what he had. He even finds a secret healing spring- you can see where it is all going.

When illusion is taken from him, his adventures are almost too over the top to be true- a person living almost permanently in an altered state of consciousness. As I say, first the arrival of the bizarre father and his bizarrer girlfriend, living in a mirage of a town- created by dreamers on a pile of sand that can only exist by artificial creation with no real roots, no water the source of all life in fairy tales , then living on alcohol and drugs with little food in the house- not even, as we find out later, much aware of what he is doing or saying in those other worlds- not aware of how much reality he is letting spill over even while he is pressing hard and fully on the escapist button.

Forcing you out of the nest to face truths and life, however cruelly? One of my favorite things I ever read about the function of evil stepmothers- forcing you to grow up and abandon your childhood status. The childlike nature of so much of the suffering here really is the most heartbreaking part. A Guide in the Rumpelstiltskin making-deals sort of way, but nonetheless a generally well meaning one?

His reveal of the falseness of the talisman all along suggests at the very least an ambiguous fairy tale role. I hate to just settle on the Trickster, as this seems too obvious. Does anyone have an idea? It is still the place that it ever was, the same kindly grandfather with his antiquated ways and kind eyes still looks after it. It is he who sees the flaws and tries to save it- he knows it is no longer a fairy tale.

The adult involved does not, which I thought was an interesting distinction.

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The adult leaves the preservation of the place to Theo, leaves it to him in fact from the time that he was far too young to have the possibility- even then Theo is really abandoned to the world and forced to playact a grown up before his time- et in Arcadia ego , man. And once again I thought Tartt resisted the temptation to hand us a Victorian redemption tale, some sort of exclusive club of two where only they can understand. And he involves himself with their aftermath, just dives deeply right into the middle of it and refuses to see that that is what he is doing.

Survivors, in this view, should avoid each other, not band their pain together. And finally, on the biggest theme I found: In the end, after all this, I think the greatest lesson that the narrator learns is the difference between two kinds of healing: I think that this is a choice that most of us make each day, after any tough day: Should I go home and order a warm pizza and collapse on the couch?

Or should I stand on my tired feet and force myself to make the kind of lovely meal that I could make with just a little bit of thought that I know I will feel ten times better about having made later?

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Should turn my roiling brain to the problems of Proust or turn off my brain with whatever nonsensical reality tv show I can find? This is starker than it needs to be- I think there are probably many of us who choose to heal ourselves with some combination of the above most of the time, and anyone who says that they choose the high road every time is either a liar or actually inhuman. I think that a lot of the time it probably goes: Sometimes those things can become mightly confused, especially at the end of a rough day.

Beauty, in the form of the Goldfinch, is a kind of talisman for Theo. His magical token also serves as his noble Task, given to him in the moments where it seemed like there was nothing worth living for. He saves it due to an erratically lovely, dying man that he sees in the museum who gives him a Mission. He gives him his Task and a concrete, if cryptic, next step to follow.

The ring and the painting- one talisman and another. He gives him a key to another world that will heal him. As often as he can, he seeks this quiet refuge and goes about learning to heal in the way that this master knows how to.

It was all about being forced to move on from thinking that you had magic, to dealing with reality. Even though it turns out that the talisman itself is important to Theo and that its physical presence matters, it causes him to think about why more than he ever has. The novel had flaws, certainly. Though of course given the length of this review and my inability to focus it any more clearly than I have, who am I to talk? I do also think that some of the writing verged on the over-the-top melodramatic even for my taste, some of the insights were a bit precious, standing out like bad eggs in the midst of otherwise lovely prose.

Perhaps that is a tribute to the recognizable nature of what she put Theo through that I just wanted it to stop so early on. I think, in the end, though, I appreciated the ending. I think that we get the sense that Theo has figured out what matters to him and how he is going to get on with his life. I think that he ultimately finds his way around nihilism, and I think it is because he learns to choose beauty over comfort.

The young man finally listened to his mother. View all 47 comments. Video review should be up tomorrow! Also, I just realized that it may more may not have taken me exactly 4 months to finish this This book.

I had a different emotion every page! I had favorite sections while others left me restless and annoyed.

And overall I thought it was a bit anti-climatic. And bloated that's all you, Maciek! But those years that Theo lived in Vegas? And Boris? Their friendship left me heartsore. Then there is the fact that I married an Andy.

Again, heartsore. The art-lover in me loved looking up all the paintings referenced: Fran This book. Francis and St. Lawrence , Picasso's Poverty to name a few.

And I have been listening to Arvo Part since many thanks songza. Also Belle and Sebastian. But back to the story- it is one of self-realization. The journey is a long one and I was surprised by it more than once. There are a few red herrings. It is not perfect. To say more would be to spoil it for you. View all 16 comments.

Will he get away with it? And where does he go from here? The Goldfinch is a project! Nor is she especially concerned with plot or pacing. Their adventures in Las Vegas were compelling and Tartt gives Boris a very personable and real voice. Rarely do I read books with characters this richly realised. That style is what makes her writing seem anachronistic - specifically Dickensian.

Which is appropriate, not just because Dickens wrote similarly dense and slow-moving books so acutely focused on character uber alles, but because The Goldfinch reads a lot like a modern retelling of Oliver Twist.

Theo is Oliver, wrenched from his comfortable existence and thrust into a harsh life with a Fagin-esque father who tries to bilk him of his inheritance and an Artful Dodger best friend in Boris.

But I knew it was going to be good once I eventually chose to persevere which is why I kept trying! And I loved the whole Las Vegas episode which stands out as the most exciting part of the book.

In that space she tries multiple times to give the novel various literary allusions and interpretations through the subject of the painting: Which is fair as you could apply the image to numerous characters and situations here: Theo is metaphorically tethered to the painting for the entire book, as well as his doomed love Pippa, drugs, the mental scarring of the terrorist attack, his dead mother, and so on.

It just struck me as a messy and unimpressive way to end the book by artlessly lobbing one interpretation after another at the reader so obviously.

Like Fitzgerald, Tartt is drawn to the upper classes and you could compare Theo and Boris to Nick Carraway and Gatsby, the inexperienced young man and the more worldly friend. I found it to be a very entertaining, memorable and compelling experience in all of the ways only great books can be.

View all 5 comments. Solid story. Gifted writer. I met the author at a party. She's very tiny-maybe five feet tall. Great technical skill, but overly refined. Obsessive exactitude. A very good reason they are called natures mortes, yes? Fluff and down. Soft, soft. Claesz would carry that finish and exactitude down to the death—a painter like van Hoogstraten would carry it even farther, to the last nail of the coffin.

Daubs and patches, very shaped and hand-worked, the neckline especially, a solid piece of paint, very abstract. Which is what makes him a genius less of his time than our own. You see the mark, you see the paint for the paint, and also the living bird.

It has a joke at its heart.

Late Titian. They make jokes. They amuse themselves. They build up the illusion, the trick—but, step closer? Abstract, unearthly. A different and much deeper sort of beauty altogether. The thing and yet not the thing. I should say that that one tiny painting puts Fabritius in the rank of the greatest painters who ever lived.

And with The Goldfinch? He performs his miracle in such a bijou space. The weight of it? The very word. And the background—much less yellow than when I saw it as a boy. The painting underwent a cleaning—early nineties I believe.

I was a boy of twelve or so when I saw it for the first time. Ice cold boardrooms. Not a leaf stirring. On our afternoon I wanted to go to Drievliet, the fun park, but he took me to the Mauritshuis instead. And—great museum, many great paintings, but the only painting I remember seeing is your finch. A painting that appeals to a child, yes? Der Distelfink. That is how I knew it first, by its German name.

Lovely painter. It depends a lot what comes my way.

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Quite honestly—do you ever deal in paintings at all? The art dealers get there before I do. Portable is what matters in my business. There are a lot of mid-level pieces I could sell on the clean if I had paper that looked good. On and on flatlining, the Sufi drone, wafting and spiraling around us in the dark, ceaseless chants to the Divine.

Quite a good forgery. I much prefer the van Goyen there. Sadly not for sale. I would have sworn that was a Corot. Same tenderness of mist, that openness in fog, do you know what I mean? Very prolific. Also—quite typical—signed on the stern of the boat. Quite charming. Shall I bring it to you? He dealt paintings himself, van Goyen.

A lot of the Dutch masters did. Jan Steen. A hand in everything. Paintings, real estate, tulip futures. Horst—frowning—set the lamp on the floor, light swinging crazily on walls and ceiling. How much did he take, Niall?

I was staring at a satyr peeping at them slyly from behind a tree when, unexpectedly—something against my leg—I started back violently as a hand swiped from underneath and clutched my trouser cuff. The boy on the floor was rolling his head a bit and making sounds like he was drowning. Sorry about this! Outside, the weather had cleared. Like magic, have you ever seen it?

Throws you right in withdrawal. You feel like shit, but you live. Horst can give it to him quicker than they can. Under the foggy corona of the street lamps, park benches slick with rain, drip drip drip, trees sodden and black.

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