Girl With A Pearl Earring

Girl With A Pearl Earring

Book - 1999
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In seventeenth-century Delft, there's a strict social order -rich and poor, Catholic and Protestant, master and servant -and all know their place. When Griet becomes a maid in the household of the painter Johannes Vermeer, she thinks she knows her role: housework, laundry, and the care of his six children. She even feels able to handle his shrewd mother-in-law; his restless, sensual wife; and their jealous servant. What no one expects is that Griet's quiet manner, quick perceptions, and fascination with her master's paintings will draw her inexorably into his world. Their growing intimacy sparks whispers; and when Vermeer paints her wearing his wife's pearl earrings, the gossip escalates into a full-blown scandal that irrevocably changes Griet's life.Written with the precision and focus of an Old Master painting, Girl With a Pearl Earring is a vivid portrait of colorful seventeenth-century Delft, as well as the hauntingly poignant story of one young girl's rite of passage.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c1999
ISBN: 9780525945277
Branch Call Number: FIC Cheva 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 233 p


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SPL_Sonya May 22, 2017

Historical fiction set in 17th century Netherlands.

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Mar 10, 2018

I'm not much of a reader, it's not easy for me to get absorbed into a book easily. Yet this book took me away. I don't remember when was the last time I stayed up till late at night just because I couldn't let go of a book!

The first half of the book seems slow with the story; more descriptive. Yet, it is not boring, and the author depicts it in a way that makes you draw a picture in your head. And she is great with catching the subtle and sensitive feelings of women. The plot gains speed towards the end, and I couldn't put the book down. I became interested in Vermeer and looked up some of his works.

Beautifully written. Really enjoyed reading it.

Feb 27, 2018

Heightens interest in Vermeer's works by creating a backstory for several of his paintings.

ArapahoeRima Jan 28, 2017

Tracy Chevalier makes you feel like you are in that time period with Vermeer and his paintings. The book has a good pace and its emotionally charged.

ArapahoeSarahD Aug 06, 2016

Has a book ever made you look differently at the world? This one certainly made me see color, and even art itself, in a different light.
If you love art, romance, heartbreak and historical timeframes, you will like this book.
I cannot tell you how wonderfully Tracy Chevalier truly makes the reader SEE.

Aug 05, 2016

Aug 4 2016.....After the first few paragraphs I had high hopes for this novel. However, in the end I was left with a kind of empty waste of time feeling. I ordered the movie just out of curiosity, but it wasn't much better. Oh well, you win some, you lose some!.....maybe it's just me, as I seem to prefer non-fiction more these days?

Dec 13, 2014

Enjoyable book. Interesting to think of how life was at that time. Good story, not fast-paced, and the descriptions were beautifully written.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 05, 2014

Griet, a pretty Dutch serving girl, is hired as a maid for the painter Vermeer’s family. Before long she falls prey to the lustful attentions of Vermeer’s wealthy patron. When he insists on Vermeer painting Griet’s portrait, she knows that her life will never be the same again. A lovely vignette full of colour and history.

Jun 20, 2014

Quick, easy read.

Feb 16, 2014

i had to read this book for school but i actually really enjoyed it!! i loved the characters and how the whole story was about the painting. the plot was very interesting the whole way through with a few unexpected twists but overall a very good book and it had a really unexpected ending!! :)

Nov 18, 2013

homework!!!!!!!! but it's good.

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Jun 20, 2014

Fictional story behind Vermeer's painting of the girl with pearl earring.

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Aug 19, 2013

Sexual Content: Lots of it. Touching, and one scene with sex.


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