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Girl With a Pearl Earring Paperback – 11 Sep 2014
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'A portrait of radiance…Tracy Chevalier brings the real artist Vermeer and a fictional muse to life in a jewel of a novel' Time
‘Chevalier doesn't put a foot wrong in this triumphant work … It is a beautifully written tale that mirrors the elegance of the painting that inspired it’ Wall Street Journal
'It has a slow, magical current of its own that picks you up and carries you stealthily along…a beautiful story, lovingly told by a very talented writer' Daily Mail
'A wonderful novel, mysterious, steeped in atmosphere, deeply revealing about the process of painting…truly magical' Guardian
A sumptuous new look for Tracy Chevalier's bestselling novel. Griet, the young daughter of a tilemaker in seventeenth century Holland, obtains her first job, as a servant in Vermeer's household. Tracy Chevalier shows us, through Griet's eyes, the complicated family, the society of the small town of Delft, and life with an obsessive genius. Griet loves being drawn into his artistic life, and leaving her former drudgery, but the cost to her own survival may be high.See all Product description
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Very well read. This is the abridged version. I could not find the full version but the story did not seem to leave anything out compared with the film.
I've not read the book.
The realities for poor people wholly at the mercy of circumstances whether from injury by work accidents, living a life based on simply having enough to eat, their varying treatment by richer persons, or the social punishments meted out to those who stepped out of line in any small way interacting with richer families for whom patronage and social standing was all, is very well captured and depicted.
The art of painting as practiced by Vermeer as described through the maid's eyes brings the whole production of a painting at that time to life very graphically from inception to final showing though she is largely an observer in his domestic household who ultimately becomes the subject of the key painting.
A well balanced use of history and events makes this a very enjoyable read - I could not wait to finish it once started
I felt the relationship between Vermeer and Griet was built up very slowly and the outcome (I won't say anymore) was very brave on Griet's part and would probably seldom happen in those days.
A very easy read with no excess padding. I thought Griet's interation with the other members of the household and how she handled it was well written.
A very good read and I shall be reading more of Tracy Chevalier's books. Would recommend.
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