A coming film I look forward to watching is The Goldfinch based on Donna Tartt’s 2014 Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name. It is to be directed by Irish film maker John Crowley, with Ansel Elgort as Theo and Aneurin Barnard as Boris. The novel stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 30 weeks, but has remained a controversial prize winner. Some critics compared it to Dickens, while others said the novel was cliched, juvenile, and was damaging to the very future of reading. Did you read it? If so, what was your opinion? I enjoyed the book, partly because I love novels connected with great works of art, and I found story and characters intriguing.
The novel concerns the superb little painting ‘The Goldfinch’ by Carel Fabritius, painted in 1654. It is a treasured work in a gallery in The Hague. The artist died in the terrible explosion in Delft of 1654 which killed hundreds and destroyed a huge number of homes. To learn more you might read Vermeer: A View of Delft by Anthony Bailey, which explains the disaster and its impact on the artistic world.
Other novels connected with Dutch art include The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith which was a good read, the delightful The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracey Chevalier, Susan Vreeland’s Girl in Hyacinth Blue (rather forgettable). Or you could try a lovely novel about a French painting, The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild.
The movie of The Goldfinch is due for release in September this year.
Have you read any of these books? What is your review? Will you see the movie? Tell me in a comment below.
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