Girl With A Pearl Earring
ISBN: 0452282152
EAN13: 9780452282155
Language: English
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 7.7" L x 5" W
Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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After earning a graduate degree in creative writing from the University of East Anglia, Tracy Chevalier was immediately recognized for her literary talent. In Girl with a Pearl Earring, she recreates the 17th-century world of Johannes Vermeer. This haunting work of historical fiction received rave reviews in publications as diverse as The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and The Christian Science Monitor.

In 1664, sixteen-year-old Griet enters the Vermeer household as a servant. Daughter of a Delft tile maker, she has a natural eye for color and design. Daily, she cleans the studio, learning much about how Vermeer sees the people he paints. As his attention focuses on her, she slowly becomes one of his subjects. Tracy Chevalier fills this unusual love story with the shades, sounds, and textures of everyday life in Holland. Narrator Ruth Ann Phimister perfectly voices Griet's growing awareness of the intrigues surrounding her and the need to define the value of her life.

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   Well thought out story.
Ms. Chevalier's fictional account of Griet and her employment in the Vermeer household could very well have happened in just this way, since history knows so little about the master painter. Griet, probably a shortened form of Marguerite, was certainly the muse of Johannes Vermeer. It was maybe intimate, maybe not. But it was certainly meaningful and influenced both their lives and the entire Vermeer household. One gets a sense of what Dutch life was like in Delft, Holland in 1665 and thereabouts during the time when many Dutch people were sailing to the New World.
   For the love of art.
In an ideal situation, you would read this book in front of vermeer's painting girl with a pearl earring ''. The reader seems to inspire Chevalier to keep an eye on the painting. She managed to write about a delightful painting in a beautiful way. A love affair between the painter, painting and subject. And now a love affair between the reader and the book. Chevalier has created a remarkable document about love and the love for art. I found it hard to stay away from this book and was happy to read Chevalier's second book, Falling Angels ''. Completely different, but exquisitely.
   Loved it!
An excellent book, I couldn t put it down and nearly finished it on the first night, but I had other school work to finish. Although this is a fictional work, the author did a great job of creating a story around a famous painting. It is very historically accurate and does a great job in presenting the perils that women had to bear during that time period, and the sacrifices that young women made on behalf of their families.
   Class and religious differences at the time of Vermeer, the Dutch painter
I am a Dutch ancestor, so I was intrigued. The book deals with the Maiden especially as it had to work in the Vermeer household. She came from the Catholic part of Delft, while the Vermeers lived in the Protestant part of Delft. Her father, a tile maker, had been in an accident and that is why she had to work and go to work at the age of fourteen. Her situation was often difficult and could only visit her parents and even then not always. A client would love to find him and somehow she needs to sleep away to get away from him. She starts by modeling for the painter and helping him, but this has to remain hidden from his wife. It is, however, an interesting book.
I couldn t put this book down. I love this style of prose and it lends itself well to the subject matter and time period. It was interesting to see this author's take on who the girl was and what led her to become the subject of Vermeer's painting. The author painted each character in a believable way. Often times, endings feel sloppy or abrupt.
   Did anyone actually read this book???!!!!
I feel like this is a book that a lot of people read for the book club. Meaning that they drink a chapter or two and then go to a gathering where they read a lot of wine and gush about how they loved it! Without actually saying anything, what? Bore is a famous Bore. There is a suggestion that it might get infected and cause her to die, as people tended to do in the 1600s... but no. That is it. The end of the tension. The rest is a list of chores, I'm so mad that I paid 12 bucks for it. I would never read it again if someone paid me $1200.
   A look behind the painting.
Eventually I read this book from my list of “to pick up ”. This was an interesting story about what might have taken place when Vermeer painted his famous portrait. Griet was an innocent young girl who was hired as a maid by the Vermeer family. This story revolves around how she became the subject of a famous painting and how this has influenced her life. I enjoyed the story but had some difficulty relating to the attitudes of the time period.
   Beautifully written historical novel
This was an interesting and delightful novel, based on Vermeer's model for his painting of the same name. It was also filled with insight into the capitalism and rigid class structure of that era. The rich use of color descriptions, together with other artistic details, added a touch of historical realism. In retrospect, it also struck me as a spin on the old literary tradition of the three suitors, only with a much more realistic ending. Also see the movie, too. It has all the luxurious painterly colors that you can create with words successfully.
   Always liked this painting
The author has given us a wonderful story about the girl in the painting. I enjoyed reading this sweet fiction.
   The Girl with the Pearl Earring
Is an engrossing work, told by the girl herself in the first person, a poor girl sent to be a servant in the house of Dutch artist Vermeer. She is burdened by numerous chores from the very first day, has few hopes for happiness and few pleasures. In her, he finds a curious mind and willing spirit. She learns for him how to grind colors and he eventually asks her to pose. The painting is almost as famous as the Mona Lisa, with almost as mysterious an expression. The reader gets a short glimpse into the times and is grateful not to have been part of them.