So here's the problem for me: Tartt spends so much time developing an intricate plot and a complex cast of characters, but in the last section, everything becomes a little larger-than-life, drawn-out and almost farcical. I'm not sure if this was intentional or not but I found it difficult to read because I was disappointed that a couple of the more complex and engaging characters in the book seemed more over-the-top and two dimensional toward the end than they had been earlier in the story and I couldn't immediately see why this was necessary, or indeed whether it was intentional. I understand that Tartt wants the hero (or perhaps "anti-hero" would be a better term) to experience a major life crisis to come to a new equilibrium at the very end, but the crisis seemed melodramatic and overplayed.
Other than my disappointment at the final section before the ultimate resolution, there wasn't much I could criticize. Even though the book is very long and there area lot of characters and locations and plot points to keep track of, it's engaging and beautifully written. So I was flying through it until I reached the last section and then became a little lost and disappointed. I would definitely recommend this book to others, particularly for the powerful themes it engages. I'm curious to see what Tartt does for her next project.