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The Little Friend By Donna Tartt The Little Friend Bestselling author Donna Tartt returns with a grandly ambitious and utterly riveting novel of childhood innocence and evil The setting is Alexandria Mississippi where one Mother s Day a little boy

  • Title: The Little Friend
  • Author: Donna Tartt
  • ISBN: 9781400031696
  • Page: 457
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Little Friend By Donna Tartt Bestselling author Donna Tartt returns with a grandly ambitious and utterly riveting novel of childhood, innocence and evil The setting is Alexandria, Mississippi, where one Mother s Day a little boy named Robin Cleve Dufresnes was found hanging from a tree in his parents yard Twelve years later Robin s murder is still unsolved and his family remains devastated So it iBestselling author Donna Tartt returns with a grandly ambitious and utterly riveting novel of childhood, innocence and evil The setting is Alexandria, Mississippi, where one Mother s Day a little boy named Robin Cleve Dufresnes was found hanging from a tree in his parents yard Twelve years later Robin s murder is still unsolved and his family remains devastated So it is that Robin s sister Harriet unnervingly bright, insufferably determined, and unduly influenced by the fiction of Kipling and Robert Louis Stevenson sets out to unmask his killer Aided only by her worshipful friend Hely, Harriet crosses her town s rigid lines of race and caste and burrows deep into her family s history of loss.
    The Little Friend By Donna Tartt

    The Little Friend by Donna Tartt Oct , The Little Friend starts strong, with distinct, even lovable characters and protagonist Harriet is the most interesting of all but pages in, it loses its footing Readers should be forewarned that despite The Little Friend s summary, this isn t a murder mystery The mysterious murder is a background concern, a persistent nagging on the edge of twelve year old Harriet s consciousness. The Little Friend The Little Friend Donna Tartt The Little Friend seems destined to become a special kind of classic It grips you like a fairy tale, but denies you the consoling assurance that it s all just make believe The New York Times Book Review At times humorous, at times heartbreaking, The Little Friend The Little Friend by Donna Tartt, Paperback Barnes Noble Oct , The second novel by Donna Tartt, bestselling author of The Goldfinch winner of the Pulitzer Prize , The Little Friend is a grandly ambitious and utterly riveting novel of childhood, innocence and evil. Fiction Book Review THE LITTLE FRIEND by Donna Tartt In her first novel, Tartt unveiled a formidable intelligence The Little Friend flowers with emotional insight, a gift for comedy and a sure sense of pacing Wisely, this novel eschews a feel good

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    1. Barry Pierce on said:

      The only thing keeping this novel together is the binding.

    2. tee on said:

      Currently reading this one and all I can think of is a passage from a writing fiction manual that I read The guy who wrote the article said that he once wrote a whole book and his publisher told him that it was good back story, it was good for the AUTHOR to get to know his characters so when he wrote about them they d be 3D and real but it wasn t necessary for the readers to know most of the stuff that was written You can remove a lot of the bulk from that first draft and keep it to yourself in [...]

    3. Leslie on said:

      This book, quite honestly, infuriated me The opening chapter is stellar and haunting so much so that I slogged through 500 pages on its promise alone Anyone beginning this novel will rightly so expect a Southern Gothic murder mystery The premise at least the one outlined on the dust jacket has so much potential set in a sleepy backwater Mississippi town, it follows the adventures of an overly precocious girl from a fallen plantation family think Scout Finch meets Nancy Drew who has vowed to find [...]

    4. Tina on said:

      I sort of want to scream when I read lukewarm reviews of this book Admittedly, people may get the wrong idea when they read the back jacket, or the first few pages, and anticipate some sort of murder mystery thrill.The death of Harriet s brother is merely background for her character The skill with which Tartt explores the inner workings and thought processes of a virtually abandoned 12 year old girl whose older brother s murder has never been solved cannot be praised highly enough Tartt seems t [...]

    5. Madeline on said:

      Having read Tartt s previous book, The Secret History, and loved it so much I did everything except start a cult based on the characters, I expected to feel the same way about this But I didn t Know why this book gets only one star YOU NEVER FIND OUT WHO KILLS ROBIN Let me just reiterate that the mystery of who what could have possibly been able to appear in someone s backyard, while the entire family is within hearing range and two kids are sitting on the back porch, and grab a nine year old bo [...]

    6. Melki on said:

      Oh, Harriet, you poor dear Twelve and a half, homely and unpopular The girl with the antique sounding name and possessor of an old soul She has a gruff, common sense approach to life that eschews flattery and wins her few fans among her peers and relatives.In vain, the aunts tried to teach her to be polite But don t you understand, darling, said Tat, that if you don t like the fruitcake, it s better to eat it anyway instead of hurting your hostess s feelings But I don t like fruitcake I know you [...]

    7. Annet on said:

      Part one while reading it This is what you call a slow read It is impossible to race thru these pages That is why I had two prior unsuccessful attempts to read this book An impatient mood is not a good mindset to read this one But I loved The Secret History and I just know that Donna Tartt is a good writer You just have to have quiet time on your hands to read this one So I m taking my time with this one and it s rewarding The descriptions Donna Tartt uses are long and sometimes it takes pages a [...]

    8. Violet wells on said:

      Donna Tartt always gives me information than I need Two people will be talking and you get a description of all the furniture in the room, a description of what s on TV, a description of what s going on outside the window, sometimes a memory, sometimes a dream before the dialogue is resumed Thus it can take pages for two characters to exchange four lines of dialogue In this novel she also gives me too many characters As always with Tartt it s crime that motors this novel In particular the effec [...]

    9. Michael Finocchiaro on said:

      Donna Tartt s second novel I am working my way backwards from The Goldfinch While I am still puzzled as to who is the little friend referred to in the title Hely and the choreography of the end at the water tank was confusing, nonetheless this was an exciting page turner and I feel that the protagonist Harriet was compelling I loved her curiosity, her brilliance, and her spunk she is not one to be double crossed The evocation of Alexandria, Mississippi reminded me greatly of my childhood in Flor [...]

    10. Robin on said:

      A Southern tale set in small town Mississippi shows the wreckage left behind after a beloved son, grandson, and brother, Robin, is murdered in his own front yard Evoking a little of Scout Finch, and a little of Flavia de Luce child sleuth from Alan Bradley s books , Harriet Cleve Dufresnes decides to solve her big brother s unresolved death Despite her innocence and youth, Harriet is deadly serious and doesn t mess around This isn t a cute story despite its childish heroine.There s so much I ado [...]

    11. Lord Beardsley on said:

      I gave this book three stars only because of the author s ability to use mood, setting, and descriptive in an incredibly amazing way However, this book was the biggest cocktease ever Chekhov once said that if a gun is laying on the table in the first scene it had better be fired by the last I firmly believe this, but Ms Tartt seems not to Oh well It just seems that if you begin a book with a nine year old boy hanging dead from a tree, and the entire plot is driven from this, something should hap [...]

    12. Maxwell on said:

      Well, that was a huge disappointment I had heard this was generally the least loved of Donna Tartt s novels, but I went into it expecting to like it a bit than most because I adore her work But no, sadly this was a big letdown Overall this book just left me very confused How did she go from such an atmospheric, well written novel asThe Secret History to this And then to come up with the masterpiece,The Goldfinch I just don t get how she is the same author of this book.The writing isn t bad, it [...]

    13. Juli Pennock on said:

      Review to come, I m still a bit flabbergastedKilled the life out of me Just gorgeous, I loved it I hate the word evocative, because it seems terribly pretentious like terribly pretentious doesn t sound pretentious at all, jeez, but this book is that Evocative Powerful, deep and dark, fascinating, poetic, and just overall beautifully written Harriet is a firecracker, a pistol, a trip She s so completely herself and so completely relatable, it s almost eery My childhood was nothing like Harriet s [...]

    14. Lauren Lastrapes on said:

      This is such a great novel I read it a few years ago, I think it was in 2004, I don t really remember now, but I know it was before I separated from Fabio since during the separation process I only read books by Chris Bojalian and books that Lauren mailed me She didn t mail me The Little Friend, but I m sure it is she who recommended it Just last night, I was talking with my friend Jenna about this book which I convinced her to read, and which she is reading now and we were cracking up over the [...]

    15. Phrynne on said:

      I listened to this book on audio and would like to comment first that the narrator was excellent and gave a huge boost to the atmosphere of the Mississippi setting.And the book had tremendous atmosphere Donna Tartt has proven that she can set a scene with the best of them She can also write a great character and Harriet in particular is superb In fact another book focussing on her as a teenager or an adult would be great My problem stemmed from my interest in Harriet and her family I was fascina [...]

    16. Lyubov on said:

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    17. Perry on said:

      Prelim Review aka, a personal steam valve Well, I declare I just don t know what Donna Tartt did to open the floodgates to venom for her last 2 novels The Goldfinch, preceded by The Little Friend.I say this not to gripe about your subjective opinion that you found The Little Friend boring, you detested the subject matter, or you simply dislike Donna Tartt s writing style or personality Intelligent people don t quibble over such matters, since opinions are like a__holes I am also not claiming you [...]

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    19. Francisco on said:

      This is one of Tartt s earlier books published before her acclaimed The Goldfinch The same complexity and richness of character, the same explosion of detail that makes The Goldfinch so memorable can be found in a slightly less orderly way Less orderly in the sense that this book didn t quite have the tight narrative structure where there is little that is told that is not important to the story This book could have lost fifty or so pages without it affecting the plot line But who cares, really, [...]

    20. Patrick on said:

      Donna really screws the pooch on this one She makes a very likeable character, a smart, precocious little girl in a small country town who makes enemies with a group of meth heads while trying to solve the mystery of her 9 year old brother s hanging when she was a baby, and turns it into a 576 page snoozefest I eventually had to go to a library miles away and check out the audio version so I didn t have to waste my precious eyesight reading it I read this one review where the person said they we [...]

    21. Gary on said:

      Ponderous and immersiveThis novel starts slowly and never really picks up speed The author s ability to draw the reader into the scenes and lives of the characters, however, makes this a worthwhile read The characters are well developed and realistic quirky and original Their insights into life are often fascinating and engaging.I liked the way I simply forgot about time when the author drew me in, and although the plot moved forward slowly even sideways sometimes the setting and situations were [...]

    22. B the BookAddict on said:

      The really bad news about this book is that I have finished it The really good news is that it goes straight into my bury me with this book bookshelf An absolute busting out of itself 5

    23. Caroline on said:

      NO SPOILERS Full disclosure book abandoned at page 226 out of 555 pages The Little Friend starts strong, with distinct, even lovable characters and protagonist Harriet is the most interesting of all but 141 pages in, it loses its footing Readers should be forewarned that despite The Little Friend s summary, this isn t a murder mystery The mysterious murder is a background concern, a persistent nagging on the edge of twelve year old Harriet s consciousness The story is really about within the fir [...]

    24. Jerry on said:

      Sometimes, I do believe, one s expectations can completely ruin a book for a person On the other hand, expectations can only infrequently enhance one s experience of a book It took me three attempts, years apart, to get through The Little Friend but it was worth it A wonderful book, and a unique heroine, young Harriet Just read patiently and you will be richly rewarded At first I wanted to give this book 4 stars actually like 4.4 because I d rounded down to 4 but then something interesting happ [...]

    25. F on said:

      This was far too big a book for this story Just loads of unnecessary description and background about certain things It was very slow but i still enjoyed the story I would read another book by Donna Tartt as I ve heard the others are far superior to this.

    26. Allison on said:

      I LOVED The Secret History I do not love this Elegant prose can only keep a reader for so long I imagine that many people, me included, do not want a 10 page description of two troubled twentysomething doing crystal meth and getting sunburnt in the middle of July I actually made the 200 page mark With the potential of sweaty boys on drugs in the next 400 pages, I put the book down and re read The Secret History instead.

    27. Peter Boyle on said:

      It s too long I think that s fair enough to say But there are several moments in The Little Friend when Donna Tartt reminds us of a what a magnificent writer she really is when her characters come alive and their deeply considered thoughts tell us so much about the world we live in.The story begins with a child s murder Little Robin Cleve Dufresnes is found hanging from a tree in his back yard Twelve years later we discover the enormous toll it has taken on the family His devastated mother Charl [...]

    28. Gemma on said:

      This takes a while to get going Tartt provides a very detailed account of the home life of her heroine, Harriet and gives lots of background to the town in Mississippi where she grows up Harriet and her family are traumatised by the violent and mysterious death of her elder brother when the book begins He s found hanging from a tree in the garden No one is prosecuted for his death So Harriet and her best friend Haly set about solving the crime Suspicion falls on a redneck family who live in a tr [...]

    29. Andrew Smith on said:

      I had really enjoyed the author s other books but I just didn t get on with this one Maybe it s the type of story a family saga focused on the apparent suicide of a young boy but it just didn t speak to me Well, actually it did as I was listening to the audio version but there s another issue, the narrator was as bland as the prose Sleep inducing Almost literally, actually I ve read some mixed reviews of the book but I know that some readers really liked it and I therefore fear I may have capitu [...]

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