Tartt returns with a finely tuned tour de force
The Goldfinch, By Donna TarttLittle, Brown, Euro 17.60, Reviewed by Nadine O'Regan
Some weeks ago, a university lecturer in Toronto gained fleeting notoriety when he revealed that he refused to teach novels penned by female novelists, on the grounds that they were simply not as good as books by men. ''I'm not interested in teaching books by women,'' Professor David Gilmour said in an interview, provoking a firestorm of controversy. ''What I teach is guys. Serious heterosexual guys. Real guy-guys.''
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