A few weeks ago I began reading Pulitzer-prizewinning The Goldfinch by Donna Tart and was engrossed from the first page. Tartt is one of the most enigmatic contemporary authors and literary prodigy, whose much-anticipated book was released after a long eleven years. To be embroiled deeper in the enigma of the author, read this.
The book itself is structured around the famous Goldfinch painting by Carel Fabritius.
One quote in it struck me for its beauty and its universality and that I would like to share today. It is true isn’t it, everything has an end, it is just a matter of when it comes.
“…even the tiniest things mean something. Whenever you see flies or insects in a still life – a wilted petal, a black spot on the apple – the painter is giving you a secret message. He’s telling you that living things don’t last – it’s all temporary. Death in life. That’s why they’re called natures mortes. Maybe you don’t see it at first with all the beauty and bloom, the little speck of rot. But if you look closer – there it is”.
For a more detailed review of the book go here.