The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

‘Its tone, language, and story belong in children’s literature.’ So said James Wood, reviewing Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch in the The New Yorker. The New Yorker can sometimes be a little up itself. The novel has been called Dickensian – primarily, I suspect, because it is so long. But there is certainly something of Great Expectations‘ spirit in the way that…