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The Goldfinch

893 pages and very mixed feelings. That’s how The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt, left me.

The first 50 pages of the book were a little boring, but then the story started to interest me. The beginning of the book where the story happens in New York, is quite beautiful. It almost reminded me of the magical atmosphere of the stories of Carlos Ruiz Zafón. I felt sorry for Theo, the main character of the book, and I was interested in reading more, I wanted to know what’s going to happen to him. Then Theo moves to Las Vegas and everything turns upside down. It was like you were reading another book. Drugs, alcohol, neglect and Boris, Theo’s new friend. Las Vegas -time has such ugliness that it made the first part of the story rotten. And I didn’t like it. I was so disappointed.

After many years Theo goes back to New York and narration gets back to what it was in the beginning of the book. Everything seems to get better but Theo has his demons and he’s sad. And then comes Boris, again. After the Las Vegas period I was happy that the book returned to the mood of the beginnig. What a letdown when it went back to ugliness. And, after 700 pages I started to get sick of Theo and his bad decisions. And I started to get fed up with Boris. And the whole story.

The story was good, although all the bad things and unhappiness was a little overwhelming. My favourite character was Hobie, the patient and loyal carpenter who renovated furniture and was happy doing what he loved. There’s no doubt about the fact that Donna Tartt is a good writer and a master in describing details. I just think that there were a little too much details in this book. And the book was too long, way too long. Tartt could’ve told the story with fewer pages. I’m sorry Donna Tartt but I was happy when the book ended. I couldn’t wait to start another book that was already waiting me on my bedside table.

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The Monuments Men

War theme continues, but with a different kind of war movie, The Monuments Men.

The story was interesting, that’s why I went to see this movie. A movie based on a true story about a group of men tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners. In this unlikely group there’s many familiar faces, John Goodman (as Walter Garfield), Bill Murray (as Richard Campbell), Matt Damon (as James Granger), Bob Balaban (as Preston Savitz), Jean Dujardin (as Jean Claude Clermont) and George Clooney (as Frank Stokes). And always so lovely Cate Blanchett as Claire Simone. When I went to see The Monuments Men I expected it to be more of an action movie. It wasn’t.

Many famous and talented actors. Yet, the movie didn’t quite reach to the highest level of entertainment. It was okay, sometimes a little slow, watchable. The Monuments Men is not memorable and somehow I didn’t feel the excitement after the movie, although some of the great masterpieces of art was saved.

There was something missing, I just can’t say what it was.

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