The Miniaturist Paperback – 1 Jan 2015
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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)
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)
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 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)
'A remarkable debut – complex, involving and deeply atmospheric.' (Deborah Moggach)
'The next big thing ... Incredibly well-written, beautifully plotted ... If you tore through Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, you'll love it.' (Evening Standard)
'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.' (The Observer)
'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) --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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The story moves on at a good pace, keeping you reading and wondering throughout. I particularly enjoyed Petronella's character development, from a naive young girl into somebody much more headstrong and mature. However, I read this on a kindle (where you can see how much percentage of the book you have completed), and as I was nearing the end and wanting to find out more about the Miniaturist, there seemed to be less and less space in which the author could do it. The last 15% of the book seems rather rushed and everything happens at once. I kept on reading largely because of the mystery surrounding the Miniaturist, however by the end I feel it is not really explained - even though the title of the book focuses on The Miniaturist, I feel like the Miniaturist got forgotten amongst the rest of the characters and the story, in the end making it feel more like a plot device to keep you reading, rather than as an interesting entity on its own.
We follow the young, naive and romantic bride Nella Oortman through her first weeks in 17th century Amsterdam. We experience the claustrophobic and creepy atmosphere of her new husband's house, the way events in real life seem to follow what her miniature house reveals through the strange and evasive miniaturist's gifts; everything makes Nella (and us) question what goes on.
The plot gets more gripping and leads us on at a gallop.
It becomes impossible to put the book down.
A magnificent book, beautifully crafted and written, well worth a second reading.
This book draws you in from the first page. Nothing and no one is as they seem on first appearance and every character has secrets and mysteries to share. This might be set in the 1600s but the themes are no different to today, greed, love, lust and hypocrlsy to name a few.
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