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This review is from: Girl With a Pearl Earring (Paperback)
'Girl with a pearl earring' is a novel based around a painting by Johannes Vermeer, and tells the fictional story of how it was painted. It takes you on an increadible journey to seventeenth-century Holland, to a family running out of money after the man of the house 'looses his trade' in an accident at his work. Being blind he can no longer earn money for his family, and so the eldest daughter, Griet, is sent to work as a maid.
This is when the story takes flight, as Griet comes to terms with working for a Catholic family, herself being protestant, and the strange life her master leads. Her master turns out to be the painter Vermeer, and Griet is drawn into his work in a way that could cost her her job.
Meanwhile there is also the growing romance between her and the butchers' son, which adds another lead for the story to take.
Chevalier paints a vivid picture of what life was like for people like Griet in Holland, although Griet's story is in no way ordinary.
This book is like nothing I have ever read before, and it is so un-put-downable that I read it in a day solidly. It lingers with you for days afterwards, and makes you wish it hadn't ended.
I would recommend this book as strongly as I can. Worth every second you take to read it.