The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
It's Tartt, but is it art?
Centred around the life of Theo Dekker, a New Yorker whose mother is tragically killed in a bomb blast at a prominent Manhattan art gallery, the book is a dense, detailed work, 11 years in the making. The Book Talk panel discuss whether they felt Tartt's ambitions with the novel paid off; it is clearly a book with much to say about the connections between art and life, but is it a compelling read too?
They also discuss the many characters that populate The Goldfinch, and question whether Tartt's female characters are as fully-formed as the men, as well as considering the book's parallels with Dickens, Dostoevsky and other literary titans.
BookTalk is produced by Colin Fraser of Culture Laser Productions.