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Date Posted: 8/22/2014 12:01 PM ET
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End of August, now seven months waiting list and I am still in the 400s, but the number of copies posted is picking up so the weeks estimated is lower.  Still over a year away.  But with over 200 books on the TBR including all the Outlander series, I'm good with that!

The Goldfinch: A Novel :: Donna Tartt
ISBN-13: 9780316055437 - ISBN-10: 0316055433 - Book Type: Hardcover
Wish Date: 1/14/2014 - Your position: 413 of 1083 - Wishes granted last week: 6 - Estimate: 69 weeks question.gif
Date Posted: 8/22/2014 2:44 PM ET
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the pbk only has 70 people wishing. are you on that list along with the hardcover.

Date Posted: 8/23/2014 2:29 PM ET
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No, I only like hardcover books when they are that big.  I can wait.

Date Posted: 9/1/2014 9:53 PM ET
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September 1, and I got a WL offer today!!  Thing is, there is no note saying I got the offer from a Gold Key friend, or anything like that, but I am almost certain that there haven't been 412 copies posted or offers declined in the last 10 days!  Not going to complain, now let's see if it is accepted, we are waiting for member.  Fingers crossed!!

The Goldfinch: A Novel
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The Goldfinch: A Novel
Author: Donna Tartt
ISBN-13: 9780316055437
ISBN-10: 0316055433
Book Type: Hardcover
 
 
 
 
Requested On: 9/1/14 9:49 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/2/2014 1:39 PM ET
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It was me, I saw your plea :)  It was mailed this morning, enjoy!

Date Posted: 9/2/2014 2:47 PM ET
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does that mean you won't get a credit for the book?

Date Posted: 9/2/2014 8:55 PM ET
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 Mimi, that was so nice of you!!!  This has been fun to track my progress, but such a nice surprise to get it earlier than I thought!!  Thank you sooooo much!!!!!

No, Charles, Mimi went through the system so she will get a credit.  She just posted it directly to me.

Date Posted: 9/2/2014 10:53 PM ET
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My pleasure! You'll have to let me know what you think. 

Date Posted: 9/6/2014 11:49 AM ET
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since we are not going to get periodic updates on where you are on your wishlist anymore how about telling us what page you are on in the book as you make your way along in reading it. cool

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Date Posted: 11/24/2014 2:13 PM ET
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Anna & Carole, Did you ever read GOLDFINCH? It is available on audio at library here. I will really have to get busy to finish in 3 wks.



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Date Posted: 11/9/2015 7:56 PM ET
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Is there anyone here who would like to talk about a book titled The Goldfinch? If so, I would certainly like to engage them in a discussion of same. First of all, What is this book about? And fo sho, I do not mean what is the plot of the book or what happens in the book. And please nothing on too long or too many characters, etc. I want to talk about the book, not your personal preferences.

I have read about 450 pages, will finish it in a couple of more days. I need to see how the author handles the whole book to say whether I like it or not. And at this point, I could use some help figuring out what it is/what it is about. My wife's niece, librarian type, sent the book to my wife, who said I should at least read some of it, promising that it was by no means a cozy. Technically speaking, the first 75 or so pages is a technical tour de force. So much, in fact, that I get suspicious and draw back to wait and see whether or not she has anything to say. 

Date Posted: 11/9/2015 9:12 PM ET
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If it would help there are a bunch of reviews of the book just below on the page where it is posted. Some hated the ending some loved it.

Date Posted: 5/1/2016 11:21 AM ET
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today there are still 566 wishing for the hardcover of this book. I have a hardcover I found at a thrift store. I don't have any plans to read it for the time being but I will hold on to it in case I decide to read it later. I don't think I would post this book as it is too big to ship.

Date Posted: 5/24/2016 12:15 AM ET
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From a review of the Goldfinch:  This book is almost 800 pages long, and one of the saddest, most depressing books I have ever read. If that will deter you as a reader, then this is definitely not the book for you.

That being said, I really liked the book. It has some of the qualities of a train wreck - terrible things happen to this young man; yet, as a reader, you cannot look away. Regardless of the bad choices he makes, I care about Theo and what happens to him. This makes the almost 800 pages fly by, waiting to see if at some point, he finds peace and joy in his life.

I have a brand new hardback copy if anyone wants it, just PM me.  Have it on auto on your WL please.  I am not going to read it.  I can't take depressing right now.

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