Beauty caged will never be free

Dr Robyn Madden
Daisy Hill, Qld

TRAGIC events lead to the loss of his family, and he eventually loses himself as well, his brain addled by his experiences and addictions.

All the while, though, he holds focus through one salvaged object — a painting — and Tartt reveals Theo’s contorted young life with this artwork as apparently his sole constant companion.

Theo relates his own tale, the first-person account bonding the reader to the narrative, making his tragedies and ill-fortune somehow more personal. Tartt

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