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The Miniaturist [Hardcover]

Jessie Burton
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3 July 2014

There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed . . .

On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways . . .

Nella is at first mystified by the closed world of the Brandt household, but as she uncovers its secrets she realizes the escalating dangers that await them all. Does the miniaturist hold their fate in her hands? And will she be the key to their salvation or the architect of their downfall?

Beautiful, intoxicating and filled with heart-pounding suspense, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (3 July 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1447250893
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447250890
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14.4 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Miniaturist is that rarest of things - beautifully written, yet also a compelling page-turner. It's haunting, magical, and full of surprises, the kind of book that reminds you why you fell in love with reading (S. J. Watson, author of BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP)

A fabulously gripping read that will appeal to fans of Girl With a Pearl Earring and The Goldfinch, but Burton is a genuinely new voice with her visceral take on sex, race and class . . . Burton writes great complex female characters (Observer)

A terrific novel: compelling cast, gripping plot, writing to savour (Nathan Filer, author of THE SHOCK OF THE FALL)

A remarkable debut - complex, involving and deeply atmospheric (Deborah Moggach, author of TULIP FEVER)

Utterly transporting, The Miniaturist is one of those rare debut novels that excels in every regard. The past is brought to life in potent, sensory detail: one feels steeped in it. Burton's prose beguiles the reader, while a riptide of a plot takes hold with an unrelenting grip of suspense. My first instinct on finishing this book was to immediately read it again (Hannah Kent, author of BURIAL RITES)

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton is set in 17th century Amsterdam where a trader presents his new wife Nella with a miniature replica of their home. Its tiny occupants mirror their real-life counterparts and show Nella what grave dangers lie in wait. (Hot Books of 2014 Daily Express)

A delight on every page, The Miniaturist completely immerses the reader in sumptuous but strict seventeenth-century Amsterdam. Like the intricately crafted doll's house at the centre of the novel, there is a surprise behind each closed door and curtain - hidden worlds of deceit and seduction, guilds and guilders, candied walnuts and sugar loaves. Burton's novel is lovingly done, and exquisite to read (Naomi Wood, author of MRS. HEMINGWAY)

Utterly beguiling and impeccably written. I am missing the characters already (Emylia Hall, author of THE BOOK OF SUMMERS)

The next big thing... Incredibly well-written, beautifully plotted (Evening Standard)

I was so gripped that I walked about the house reading it, reluctant to put it down (Maria McCann, author of THE WILDING)

A talented new writer of historical fiction... In a debut that evokes Old Master interiors and landscapes, Burton depicts a flourishing society built on water and trade, where women struggle to be part of the world... With its oblique storytelling, crescendo of female empowerment and wrenching ending, this novel establishes Burton as a fresh and impressive voice (Kirkus)

It's 1686, in Amsterdam. After meeting her husband just once, at their wedding, 18-year-old Nella Oortman walks into her new and hostile home. But when her husband gives her a doll's house, he unwittingly provides her with the key to her empowerment. Preoccupying, to the final sentence (Vogue)

A historical tale of sex and class in 17th-century Amsterdam. If you tore through Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, you'll love it' (Evening Standard)

Burton has created a complex, feminist story with a supernatural twist (Harper's Bazaar)

It grabs you from the off... Like nothing you've read before (Glamour)

The book of the summer... Everything changes when [Nella] uncovers her husband's biggest secret, and what follows is a tender, genuinely inspiring and surprisingly feisty coming of age story (The Debrief)

Mines seventeenth-century Amsterdam for a slowly closing vice of historical suspense... compared to the best of Sarah Waters and Emma Donoghue... gender issues, class struggles and a possibly clairvoyant miniature-furniture designer (New York Magazine)

Sumptuous... As in all good historical novels, the setting is a major character; in this case the city of Amsterdam with its waterways and warehouses... teems with period detail. Myriad plot twists (Publishers Weekly)

Exquisite... Burton conjures up a vivid sense of unease, where nothing is quite as it seems... Mesmerising and suspenseful, Nella's story deals with themes like obsession, perception and truth, and brilliantly describes how she learns to be the mistress of her own destiny in a constrained, claustrophobic world. Unmissable (Psychologies)

Among my favourite debuts this year (Fanny Blake Woman & Home)

A gorgeously written first novel (Good Housekeeping)

Burton's accomplished debut novel, The Miniaturist, is a compelling, atmospheric literary thriller... While Burton's portrait of 17th-century Amsterdam is entirely convincing, this is no more straightforward historical fiction than Peter Carey's Oscar and Lucinda or Sarah Waters' Fingersmith... (Sunday Times)

Rolls together feminism, prophecy and 17th-century Amsterdam into a glittering, suspense-powered plot... Like A S Byatt, Burton is very good at conveying the political nature of people's lives through an abundance of domestic texture. This is a sumptuous book in every sense: she conjures up Amsterdam - its tapestries, food, religious iconography, unforgiving winters - with such sensual flair, you can almost taste the sugar... Burton is viscerally alert to the emotional and physical prisons in which Nella and the fascinatingly complex Marin live... She is also brilliant at generating a more earthbound tension: as the city closes in on the Brandts, the plot seems to twist and buck with every passing page. Truly, it's thrilling. (Metro)

Suspense builds and secrets begin to be revealed... a brilliant page-turning story... her writing is precise and intricate... wonderful world-building and engaging characters (We Love This Book)

just magnificent... I loved it (Claudia Winkleman The Arts Show)

Burton has clearly done her research and writes with skill, impressively evoking the oppressive, religiously intolerant society of the Dutch Golden Age (Mail on Sunday)

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There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed . . .

On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways . . .

Nella is at first mystified by the closed world of the Brandt household, but as she uncovers its secrets she realizes the escalating dangers that await them all. Does the miniaturist hold their fate in her hands? And will she be the key to their salvation or the architect of their downfall?

Beautiful, intoxicating and filled with heart-pounding suspense, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.


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49 of 58 people found the following review helpful
By Lady Fancifull TOP 500 REVIEWER
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How well is a book served when it is marketed as similar to those which punch well above their weight? I was intrigued by Jessie Burton's first novel, The Miniaturist, set in Amsterdam in the 1680s, because it was being compared to both Girl With A Pearl Earring and The Goldfinch `if you loved, ...kind of thing'

The Miniaturist, like The Goldfinch (well, two sections of it) has an Amsterdam setting, and like Pearl Earring has a seventeenth century Dutch setting, but it lacks the complex depth of the former, and the absolute authenticity of time, place and character of the latter.

It's certainly not that in earlier centuries feisty, intelligent, reflective women did not exist, and did not occasionally escape the strictures society attempted to strangle them within; just that some sense of time and place needs to be present within the character. There was nothing to show me why the central character, Nella, should immediately be so assured, confrontational and forthright as she is, when starting her journey, far from home, as an eighteen year old rural wife to a complex man, double her age, in the wealthy merchant class in Amsterdam. Her initial powerlessness is too immediately challenged by her, she is too forward, too forthright, and seems plucked from a much later century.

And, without being a historian of the period, I felt a little quizzical about the apparent freedom of women of substance to walk the streets unchaperoned whilst by all accounts an incredibly restrictive Puritanism was in control of society. Something did not seem quite authentic

For the first 90 pages I was indeed slogging away, finding something slightly stiff and uninviting in the authorial style, waiting to be seduced by character.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid historical fiction debut 21 Jun 2014
By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE
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It’s October 1686. 18-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to join her new husband, Johannes Brandt. Johannes is a wealthy merchant 20 years older than Nella whose position on the VOC gives him power, while Nella’s from an established aristocratic family whose wealth was wiped out by her late father’s debts. Nella wants to be a good wife but that isn’t easy thanks to Johannes’ sister, Marin, who interferes in both their business – nagging Johannes to sell the warehouse of sugar cane he’s holding for Frans and Agnes Meerman before the market turns and constantly undermining Nella in front of their servants – the chatty and impudent Cornelia and Otto, a freed black slave. Nella feels further undermined by Johannes’ refusal to sleep with her.

When Johannes buys her a miniature house, Nella responds to an advert from a miniaturist able to furnish it for her. But the miniaturist is soon sending Nella things that she hasn’t asked for and she soon discovers that the pieces expose the household’s secrets – secrets that could bring about the family’s downfall …

Jessie Burton’s debut historical novel, is a carefully observed character story set among the social constraints of 17th century Amsterdam. It’s clearly written and Burton does well at setting up the relationships within the Brandt household and in looking at the power women had (and didn’t have) during this period and the relationships that develop between Nella, Marin, Cornelia and Hanna, the wife of a local baker as they each try to navigate their way around the social norms. However, the some of the secrets are easy to guess and the final pay-off doesn’t really do the build up justice.
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Format:Kindle Edition
Today, July 3rd 2014, saw the release of The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. The story centres on Nella Oortman who has left the comforts of a country life that she knows and loves because she has married a successful merchant from Amsterdam. This union, arranged by her mother, is the complete antithesis of what Nella believes to be a good marriage. Her childhood dreams of marrying for love and doing everything that is expected of a good wife are quickly shattered when she enters the home of her husband, Johannes Brandt. She is quickly reminded of her place by her formidable sister-in-law, Marin and she can’t quite get the measure of Johannes who refuses to share their marital bed and only converses with Nella when he is forced to. The only sign of affection (and indeed acknowledgment of their nuptials) comes in the form of a dollhouse that Johannes has specially made as a wedding gift for Nella; one that replicates the Brandt household.

Things aren’t quite as they seem in the Brandt household and Nella finds herself trapped in a world whereby she doesn’t know anyone, she isn’t being supported by her husband or his sister. She has no control over anything. That is until all the secrets and lies begin to unfold.

Admittedly, it took me a while to get fully immersed into The Miniaturist. I could appreciate straight away how atmospheric the novel was and that there was a story itching to be told, I just found it a little slow to begin with. However, as the story begins to unravel it became very hard to put the book down. The parallels between Johannes and Marin’s story are captivating and complex and are held together through both of their burgeoning relationship with Nella, who swiftly becomes the glue to a family that is crumbling around her.
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Interesting read, different from my usual read. Historical , but has another side to it, easy to read and a good story.
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