The Goldfinch Book Summary and Study Guide

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Theo, the main character, lives with his mother, who is taking him to the MOMA to kill time before an important meeting at his school to discuss his recent suspension on unfair grounds. His attention is caught by a young girl about his own age, with a man Theo supposes is her grandfather. Unbelievably, his mother leaves him momentarily to run to the gift shop while he continues to look at the art, and at that moment a bomb goes off, killing several people and gravely wounding others. The girl's grandfather is one of those who die on the scene, but before he dies, he and Theo have an exchange which will determine the course of the rest of Theo's life. Eventually, he walks home, and it is a few days before he is told his mother has been confirmed dead. This begins his life of being shuffled to different caretakers including his estranged father, and later into organized crime.
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Best part of story, including ending: The description was wonderful and the characterization rich and complex.

Best scene in story: A scene where Theo visited art traffickers and discussed terms of a particular painting. It portrayed the "other side" of fine priceless art and the uses it can have other than its intrinsic enjoyment.

The review of this Book prepared by Mary DeKok Blowers a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   search for family/history Crime & Police story    -   Yes Story of    -   sympathetic "criminals" on the run Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Coping with loss of loved one(s)    -   Yes Loss of...    -   mother Love problems?    -   Obession with uninterested person

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   thief/con artist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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