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Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

Girl with a Pearl Earring (original 1999; edition 2001)

by Tracy Chevalier

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Title:Girl with a Pearl Earring
Authors:Tracy Chevalier
Info:Plume (2001), Paperback, 240 pages
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Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier (1999)


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Nice quick read to pass the time. The book could have benefited from applying more structure to the chapters. ( )
  artikaur | Mar 31, 2014 |
This is a marvelous book. The descriptions of Delft, of the paintings of Vermeer, of the household, of Griet's life -- all are so beautifully told, but without the self-consciousness that so many authors exhibit when setting their novels.

The story of Griet was told from her point of view, from the time of her entry into service in the Vermeer household until she leaves at age 18. Nothing else I say can do the book justice. It was great. ( )
  wareagle78 | Mar 21, 2014 |
The imaginative story of a young girl who is the subject of the painting by Jan Vermeer, by the same name as the novel, Girl With a Pearl Earring. The painting was a favorite of the author. She bought the poster as a young lady and hung it the places she lived and it inspired this wonderful story. The main character is Griet, a young daughter of a tile artist, who has to take a job after her dad is blinded in a workplace accident. The story gives the reader the inside look at the family where she is employed, a Catholic family (she is protestant) where she is treated poorly by the mistress and the daughters and works hard all day long. The setting is 17th century in Delft. As a young lady, Griet is courted by the butcher’s son, by a lecherous man who has used Vermeer for art and by Vermeer himself but only as ‘art’. I liked Griet. She has great character and restraint. While she is attracted to her master, she knows her place and remains true to herself. This is the second book by the author for me. This is the author’s second book. I was immediately engaged and enjoyed this story. I liked art and loved reading about the artwork. It felt like the author had done her homework in writing this story but also used great creativity. My favorite book by the author is Remarkable Creatures but was very happy with one, too. I like ms Chevalier’s writing. ( )
  Kristelh | Mar 18, 2014 |
An enjoyable historical fiction novel centering around the artist Vermeer and the girl who inspired his famous painting. ( )
  Meggle | Mar 1, 2014 |
“Take care to remain yourself,”

I think this is what Griet did , she tried to remain her own self
Griet is unstable maid , she really can't make up her mind on anything she hid almost everything and that's when her silence and her master's Vermeer meet each other. Artist feel a lot more deeper than real person ; they can see behind your eyes and here where he understand her stillness. she fell in love with his silent personality I like this kind of love that her curiosity bring her there

Now about the painting we can see happiness firstly in her eyes, also there is worry, confusion, passion and finally expectation she had it too.

the ending is the best, love hadn't died even indirectly . I believe that it's the most powerful kind of love the one that we keep hiding : )
she took the pair and the message was delivered..

I Love such a kind of silent love stories ( )
  Soplada | Feb 27, 2014 |
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For a while it seems that it will be... an artist romance. Tracy Chevalier steers her novel deliberately close and tacks abruptly away. The book she has written, despite a lush note or two and occasional incident overload, is something far different and better... [Instead, it is] a brainy novel whose passion is ideas.
Chevalier's exploration into the soul of this complex but nave young woman is moving, and her depiction of 17th-century Delft is marvelously evocative.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Tracy Chevalierprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bruning, FransTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eikli, RagnhildTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fortier-Masek, Marie-OdileTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gothóni, ArjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pugliese, LucianaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Riera, ErnestTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Strandberg, AnnaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Chevalier's classic book takes place during the 17th Century and features Griet, a young Dutch maid, who moves in with the family of the well-known artist Vermeer; she discovers that her profession requires long hours, no privacy, and small contact with her own ailing family. However, Griet's only place of solitude is when she cleans Vermeer's studio and reveals to him her appreciation of his art.
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With precisely 35 canvases to his credit, the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer represents one of the great enigmas of 17th-century art. The meager facts of his biography have been gleaned from a handful of legal documents. Yet Vermeer's extraordinary paintings of domestic life, with their subtle play of light and texture, have come to define the Dutch golden age. His portrait of the anonymous Girl with a Pearl Earring has exerted a particular fascination for centuries--and it is this magnetic painting that lies at the heart of Tracy Chevalier's second novel of the same title.

Girl with a Pearl Earring centers on Vermeer's prosperous Delft household during the 1660s. When Griet, the novel's quietly perceptive heroine, is hired as a servant, turmoil follows. First, the 16-year-old narrator becomes increasingly intimate with her master. Then Vermeer employs her as his assistant--and ultimately has Griet sit for him as a model. Chevalier vividly evokes the complex domestic tensions of the household, ruled over by the painter's jealous, eternally pregnant wife and his taciturn mother-in-law. At times the relationship between servant and master seems a little anachronistic. Still, Girl with a Pearl Earring does contain a final delicious twist.

Throughout, Chevalier cultivates a limpid, painstakingly observed style, whose exactitude is an effective homage to the painter himself. Even Griet's most humdrum duties take on a high if unobtrusive gloss:

I came to love grinding the things he brought from the apothecary--bones, white lead, madder, massicot--to see how bright and pure I could get the colors. I learned that the finer the materials were ground, the deeper the color. From rough, dull grains madder became a fine bright red powder and, mixed with linseed oil, a sparkling paint. Making it and the other colors was magical.
In assembling such quotidian particulars, the author acknowledges her debt to Simon Schama's classic study The Embarrassment of Riches. Her novel also joins a crop of recent, painterly fictions, including Deborah Moggach's Tulip Fever and Susan Vreeland's Girl in Hyacinth Blue. Can novelists extract much more from the Dutch golden age? The question is an open one--but in the meantime, Girl with a Pearl Earring remains a fascinating piece of speculative historical fiction, and an appealingly new take on an old master. --Jerry Brotton

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Holland comes to dazzling life in this richly imagined portrait of Griet, a sixteen year old of the 1660s who inspired one of Vermeer's most celebrated paintings.

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