Donna Tartt: "I've tried to write faster and I don't really enjoy it"

Author: Donna Tartt
Book: The Goldfinch

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message 1: by Alice

Alice Fascinating interview. Tartt is contained, clear, without artifice.


message 2: by Josie

Josie Cook M.A. Great interview!
Amazing book that I waited for...sad that I'm finished reading it.


message 3: by Megan

Megan Um, how can she be 49 if she was born in 1963?


Alfred Charlie Ross did it again. He had a good interview with Ms. Tartt but the
listener did not get much sense of her personal life. I wanted to learn more about her personal life but listening to her writing life made this a worthwhile interview.


Eugenia Half way through the book, decided to start it again (771 pages). As with other previous two books by Donna Tartt. Otherwise, it was impossible to enjoy reading. Strange writer. Strange plots. Absolutely fab reading! Yet, The Secret History has stayed to be my favourite one...


Melissa Shocked to see this interview as in general she is fascinating elusive. Of course this is an immensely irresistible draw for publishers, the public and her readers. She is today's version of Salinger, although her books of course are 10x the size (and better written IMO) :)


message 7: by Cathy

Cathy Sargent Paradise is not lost on this interview by Charlie Rose.

He did not put words on her experience of writing the novel.

I would have changed the subject and asked about her personal life and her childhood.

You cannot put a smile or a goldfinch under a microscope.


Kristen M Not a fan of The Secret History, its characters, story line, and/or Tartt at all. So anal and annoying!!


message 9: by Katie

Katie Dillon Megan wrote: "Um, how can she be 49 if she was born in 1963?"

I think this was filmed in 2013, and her birthday is in December. That would have made her 49 for most of that year.


message 10: by Jason

Jason Video not available in Canada...


Martha Well, this was an interesting interview. She has an air about her - maybe vainglorious? She did throw in a "political statement" right at the beginning of Goldfinch, that I didn't appreciate, but other than that I do like her writing style.


message 12: by Steph

Steph B. Jones my first time hearing her speak. I haven't read her first two yet but the goldfinch is my favorite book, I have read it multiple times now and replay the audio version often. she is beautiful and brilliant.


message 13: by Alexa

Alexa Donna Tartt is by far my favorite author ever. I have read all three of her books and found them to each be equally compelling and absolutely brilliant page-turners. Ms. Tartt has a mastery of the English language and can formulate sentences in a way that most people can only dream of doing. As a reader, you feel whisked away and transplanted right next to the action along with all of the characters in her books. Ms. Tartt creates complex, intriguing, and likable characters. She has a perceptive and keen awareness about the world. You are doing an absolute disservice to yourself if you do not pick up and read one (if not all) of her books. They are, in my eyes, the literal masterpieces of this century.


message 14: by Holly

Holly Haeseler Eugenia wrote: "Half way through the book, decided to start it again (771 pages). As with other previous two books by Donna Tartt. Otherwise, it was impossible to enjoy reading. Strange writer. Strange plots. Abso..."

I began The Secret History audiobook in a very half-assed way - multi-tasking while her voice started worming its way into my head. Suddenly I felt like I'd fallen down a rabbit hole - I said let me restart from the beginning and buckle in for this! LOVED it so much.


message 15: by Katie

Katie Martha wrote: "Well, this was an interesting interview. She has an air about her - maybe vainglorious? She did throw in a "political statement" right at the beginning of Goldfinch, that I didn't appreciate, but o..."

wait what political statement? isn't the whole book political anyway since it explores class and the failures of the government in helping children. also art and literature are often used to explore politics, in fact its nearly unavoidable so I cant see why that would be an issue. unless her politics were hateful, then I could see why it would be an issue. i did feel like some of the characters were racial stereotypes so if that's what you were referring to then I agree


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