...about Donna Tartt's new novel 'The Goldfinch'. The beginning describes a terrorist bomb explosion in a New York art gallery. It feels so real, and is so relentless that it literally made my ears ring. The writing is superb.
Tartt's prose reminds me a bit of Hilary Mantel's. But where Mantel's writing is like a piece of antique treen, mellow and polished smooth by experience - Tartt's has protuberances - phrases and passages of such beauty and clarity that make me weak-kneed with jealousy.
If you enjoy virtuoso literary fiction, I heartily recommend The Goldfinch.
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