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Girl With A Pearl Earring

Chevalier, Tracy (Book - 2001 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Girl With A Pearl Earring

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The New York Times bestselling novel by the author of Remarkable Creatures and The Last Runaway Translated into thirty-nine languages and made into an Oscar-nominated film, starring Scarlett Johanson and Colin Firth Tracy Chevalier transports readers to a bygone time and place in this richly-imagined portrait of the young woman who inspired one of Vermeer's most celebrated paintings. History and fiction merge seamlessly in this luminous novel about artistic vision and sensual awakening. Girl with a Pearl Earring tells the story of sixteen-year-old Griet, whose life is transformed by her brief encounter with genius . . . even as she herself is immortalized in canvas and oil. .
Authors: Chevalier, Tracy
Title: Girl with a pearl earring
Publisher: New York :, Plume,, 2001, c1999
Characteristics: 233 p. ;,20 cm
Notes: Originally published: New York : Dutton, c1999
ISBN: 0452282152
Branch Call Number: FICTION Che
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Report This Feb 16, 2014
  • Lotte_ rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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!! :)

Report This Nov 18, 2013
  • Danny Xibu Zhang rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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

Report This Sep 09, 2013
  • kaiear rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

really beautiful descriptions. It made me want to study art, the author paints such a beautiful portrait through words. The movie was a disappointment, the book was a thousand times better!

Report This Aug 24, 2013
  • lozza1401 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A good historical context of the rich versus poor in 17th century Holland. Very short but highly recommended for those art history lovers.

Report This Jul 23, 2013
  • jurban1983 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A GREAT read! The film will ruin the story for you so please just stick to the book. I have read it over and over and will continue to do so because I keep finding new little things in the story that I did not notice before. Much like Griet and looking at the paintings and use of color.

Report This Nov 17, 2011
  • Etagawa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Even though I am not a fan of European culture, because the mood can be a little gloomy, but I still give it a thumbs up.

Report This Nov 05, 2011
  • HeidiKa rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The description in this book is very sensual, in that it uses all of the senses to describe the act of making and mixing ones own paint. It is a romance without much action, that is satisfying in its story. It is the first of Chevalier's book that I read, which got me addicted to the rest of her novels.

Report This Aug 23, 2011
  • 70greengirl rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this story. The main character is so well developed but as she has trouble knowing the motives, desires, or goals of those around her the other characters are less so. I felt like I was there in the story. I could almost feel my hands getting rough, and chapped from the constant washing and cleaning Griet experiences as she becomes maid to the family of the painter Johannes Vermeer. The writing is beautiful. Griet has not been anywhere but the town of her birth and has lived a simple life up to the beginning of the story but her descriptions are so rich with imagery that would be known and familiar to her. The story is a plausible explanation of how this young woman came to be painted and her expression is well captured.

Horrible metaphors. Lots and lots of horrible metaphors. Examples: "...[the robe] smelled of the way brick feels when it has been baked by the sun." "' The light on the back wall is so warm that looking at it feels the way the sun feels on your face.'" "The new was woven in with the old like the darning in a sock." I didn't get all the way through the book because these metaphors are on almost every page and they are distracting. The writing is otherwise way too simplistic. Also, the main character is annoyingly submissive, I know her station in life dictates that she should act that way, but couldn't she think with more spirit? All of the characters with spirit are portrayed as troublesome and annoying except for Maria Thins who is old and authoritative.

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  • Brisingr2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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  • jurban1983 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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  • heatherlynn rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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Report This Aug 19, 2013
  • Brisingr2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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


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