Monday, January 20, 2014
the last book I ever read (The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, excerpt sixteen)
from Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch:
But who knows what Fabritius intended? There’s not enough of his work left to even make a guess. The bird looks out at us. It’s not idealized or humanized. It’s very much a bird. Watchful, resigned. There’s no moral or story. There’s no resolution. There’s only a double abyss: between painter and imprisoned bird; between the record he left of the bird and our experience of it, centuries later.