#6Degrees of Separation: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

It’s the first Saturday of the month, and that means only one thing: a new #6Degrees of Separation Post! Here’s a recap of the rules:

#6degrees Rules

This month, Annabel and I are starting off with The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, which won a Pulitzer Prize. I’ve not kept quiet about how much I loved this book, but if you want to hear my opinions in more detail, you can read my Bestseller Breakdown post here.

Here’s my chain:

ImageHandler.ashxThe Goldfinch/ Donna Tartt
This book follows the story of Theo, who loses his mother in an explosion at a New York art gallery.  This event has a big impact on the rest of his life, leading him to Las Vegas and eventually into a life of crime.  It’s beautifully written and Theo is the kind of character you don’t want to say goodbye to.



when-nights-were-coldLife After Life/Kate Atkinson
Like The Goldfinch, this has been one of the bigger books of recent years, shortlisted for the Women’s Prize in 2013, and winner of the Costa Prize 2013.  It is an inventive, playful piece of work which explores how our actions affect or futures by following the different paths of one character.




the little friendThe Book Thief/Markus Zusak
Like Life After Life, this novel is also set during the Second World War, though it explores the German side of the conflict.  It is a considerably piece of work with an strong story, however, I didn’t enjoy the narrative voice of the Death character and so couldn’t fully enjoy it.



To_Kill_a_MockingbirdMidnight’s Children/Salman Rushdie
Another book that I really feel I should have loved, but didn’t connect with because of a cloying narrative voice.  I abandoned this one half-way through, which I hardly ever do.




uncle_toms_cabin.largeThe Slap/Christos Tsiolkas
This was a recent read that I also abandoned halfway through, despite absolutely loving the story and the voices and greatly admiring the book.  I think the problem was that I had watched the TV series before I read the book, and it is so loyal to the characters and story that I felt I had read it before and it didn’t hold my attention.





the_awakening Pride and Prejudice/Jane Austen
The original BBC TV series of this book was my favourite ever, and didn’t diminish my love of the novel in any way.  Whenever I feel homesick for England, I watch this series: I find it very comforting.




the_yellow_wallpaperNever Let Me Go/Kazuo Ishiguro

Another adaptation, this time to film.  The way I got here was through the more recent film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, in which Lizzie is played by Keira Knightly, who also plays one of the protagonists in Never Let Me Go.  I enjoyed the film of Ishiguro’s book, but not as much as I loved the novel, which is one of my favorites.


This month has taken me on a film and TV related journey.  I love how different all of my chains have ended up: though several of them have included Donna Tartt’s books.  Considering how much I love her writing, it’s perhaps not that surprising.

I wonder what Annabel Smith came up with…

What does your chain look like? Please post it or a link to your blog post in the comments below.

Our next #6Degrees post will be up on Saturday 2nd August and we’ll be starting with Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

8 Comments on “#6Degrees of Separation: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

  1. I am really glad I read The Slap. I found it quite a difficult read with regards to the characters; what image of Australia is being presented? Is it realistic or pretentious and contrived? I found the book to be a whirlwind and a very worthwhile read but I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much had I read it after watching the TV series.
    I have since listened to the author on Conversations with Richard Fidler and have his new book Barracuda on my TBR pile.

    Anyway, here is my list this month: http://wp.me/p3dB1g-fa

  2. Such a shame about The Slap… I read it when it was first published (before it had even got much media attention) and found it so frighteningly real, I could see it. The tv series was spot-on in terms of characters and I really enjoyed it (although ‘enjoy’ is probably not the right word!).

    Thanks again for hosting – I really look forward to this meme each month.

    Here’s my chain – http://booksaremyfavouriteandbest.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/six-degrees-of-separation-from-the-goldfinch-to-playing-beatie-bow/

  3. I find a lot of the chains lead to books I haven’t read and sometimes haven’t even heard of but I’ve read (or tried to) all those on your chain. Like you, I abandoned Midnight’s Children, although I have it considerably less than half the book before I abandoned it. I regret to say I thought Life After Life was pretty overrated.

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