12 Jul


Tartt plays a game of chess with us in this, her second novel. After having read The Secret History wherein I was hypnotized by her words, I looked forward to being mesmerized again. So, here I am ‘living’ in the story that creates the mystery surrounding the hanging death of a little boy, and the lives of those who knew him.

From my understanding of The Goldfinch, which I have yet to read, Tartt is not shy when it comes to the number of pages she writes. She could place 1000 pages, 2000 pages in front of me, and I still would fall into it like a cool stream on a hot summer day.

The Little Friend, a dark gothic set in Mississippi during the 60s and 70s, is about 560 pages with small font which means I’m going to be a while. On the second page of the Prologue, Tartt describes a dog’s grief over the death of its master: “ ……….. the moping bird dog, puzzled for several weeks by her master’s death, recast as the grief-stricken Queenie of family legend, who searched relentlessly for her beloved throughout the house and howled, inconsolable, in her pen all night; who barked in joyous welcome whenever the dear ghost approached in the yard, a ghost that only she could perceive. ”

Donna Tartt’s words are my drug of choice and I willingly succumb to the overdose.

On October 28, 2002, Daniel Mendelsohn of The New Yorker published his Review of The Little Friend. In part, he wrote:

“Donna Tartt’s languidly atmospheric new novel, “The Little Friend”……., looks as if it’s going to be a mystery: it follows the search for the killer of nine-year-old Robin Cleve Dufresnes, who was found hanging from a tree in his back yard on Mother’s Day. But if you’re startled when you finally learn the secret of the title, it isn’t because this information comes as a surprise but because, by the time you get to page 543, you’re so engrossed in just about everything but the murder that you no longer care who dunnit.”

If you’re interested in reading the Review in its entirety, you may click here.


3 Responses to “CURRENTLY READING”

  1. Chris Sullivan July 13, 2014 at 8:59 p07 #

    Having read and enjoyed The Goldfinch and I so want to read one of her other novels but it is just a matter of trying to fit it in. Look forward to your review of this novel.

    • WORDMAN July 14, 2014 at 8:59 p07 #

      I do so think you would become totally spellbound by The Secret History. This book is a rare treat you must soon ‘fit in’.


  1. THE LITTLE FRIEND | WORDMAN - July 21, 2014

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