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    “I heard voices outside our front door a woman's bright as polished brass and a man's low and dark like the wood of the table I was working on They were the kind of voices we heard rarely in our house I could hear rich carpets in their voices books and pearls and fur” The Girl With the Pearl EarringWhen the Vermeers came to vi

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    Another one of my wife's recommendations I read a lot of books that way I picked it up from the bookshelf the n

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    I know almost nothing about art but even I can tell that Girl With a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer is a brilliant painting; 'captivating' is probably the best word to describe it One presumes that Chevalier agrees with me and this is what lead her to write a novel about the painting its subject and its creator So is the novel as captivat

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    Girl with a Pearl Earring Tracy ChevalierGirl with a Pearl Earring is a 1999 historical novel written by Tracy Chevalier Set in 17th century Delft Holland the novel was inspired by Delft school painter Johannes Vermeer's painting Girl with a Pearl Earring Chevalier presents a fictional account of Vermeer the mo

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    I approached this novel trepidatiously How could I ever suspend my disbelief with this work How could I ever believe such a ridiculous tale about Vermeer and one of his most revered paintings I must admit that I opened this novel expecting to utterly detest the lies it weaves By page two I realised that I was

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    Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest I have read this book so many times And even after re reading this book so many times it is and will always remain one of my favourite books a story that is evergreen and has such an emotional s

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    A reread 45 StarsGriet had not been told that she is to become the painter Vermeer’s maid her mother only revealing the job to her after the Vermeer’s had already been inspected Griet and left Griet has no say in the matter Her father was a tile painter before a tragic accident in which a kiln explosion claimed his eyes and trade The fam

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    So the parts when Vermeer was actually being a painter were interesting Seeing as I slogged through this on account of a recommendation that arose from an art class lecture on Vermeer I was hoping that the art stuff would at least deliver But it's not a good sign when a book's most compelling moments revolve around two people grinding pigment

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    I CAN'T SHOUT MEH LOUD ENOUGHThe popular fame obtained by this book and its subseuent movie version starring Scarlett Johanssontwo hours late

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    Girl with a Pearl EarringTracy ChevalierPlume 2001The “Girl with a Pearl Earring” is a painting done by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer around 1665 Not much is known about Vermeer which gives Chevalier creative license to develop

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L Earring centers on Vermeer's prosperous Delft household during the s When Griet the novel's uietly perceptive heroine is hired as a servant turmoil follows First the 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 So the parts when Vermeer was actually being a painter were interesting Seeing as I slogged through this on account of a recommendation that arose from an art class lecture on Vermeer I was hoping that the art stuff would at least deliver But it s not a good sign when a book s most compelling moments revolve around two people grinding pigments And no Grinding pigments is not a euphemism for artist bangin It is uite literally referring to the detailed descriptions of how paint was made in the days before those fancy metal tubes replaced pig bladders as the paint storing vessels of choiceThis was the most predictable book I ve read in a while and that includes the two graphic novel series that are simply retelling stories I know well in a new medium I knew exactly where the plot was going within the book s first dozen pages Every subseuent thread was introduced with the subtlety of a sledgehammer and the writerly finesse of a 14 year old s first attempt at fanfiction It was also pretty obvious what stereotype everyone was going to play from his or her very first appearance There really isn t a multi dimensional character in this book I understand that the first person voice is a limited perspective by its nature and I would write it off as just that if the peripheral characters were the only flat archetypes but even the narrator doesn t carry any convincing weight Griet is the protagonist because she s the main character And because all of the characters with whom she has scuffles are inexplicably bitchy Not giving characters any real motivations not making them behave and interact believably and generally preferring to tell rather than show all contributed to making this whole book feel sloppy underdeveloped and rushed If Girl with a Pearl Earring was maybe 200 pages of really hammering out the story and its players maybe then it d be a satisfying read At least it s mercifully uick and mostly painless at its current lengthI say mostly painless because there are some groan worthy lines showcased here While pages would have maybe benefited the plot there is nothing save for a control freak editor that could have improved the prose itself I could not get past the clunky writing It didn t take me long to get violently annoyed by the author s fondness for hitting the reader over the head with the most obvious attempts at subtle foreshadowing by way of forcing too much weight on these flimsy laughably ominous one sentence paragraphs There were numerous other technical things that kept grating on me about the writing and its myriad shortcomings Among them Griet saying things like I always regretted that decision to indicate that she s looking back on a time that is very clearly written as the present not one character shows any development throughout the novel sixteen year old Griet the daughter of a tile painter somehow knows about painting and composition than Vermeer a professional artist who actually managed to garner some fame during his living years Even when the book pissed me off which was often I will admit that I never found Griet herself to be irritating maybe because I kept fantasizing about Scarlett Johansson to save my brain from oozing through my ears but I was irked at how it felt like Chevalier was Mary Sue ing her way through the character The way that every man whom Griet encountered in the whole damn book fawned over and flirted with her the way she was presented as being uneducated but naturally clever just because she sometimes spoke her mind and separated her chopped veggies by color the way Griet s family was painted as these simple sheltered little Protestants who knew nothing of the world around them there was far too much black or white for me to take anything about the book seriously I don t care enough to write about this book any So Every other gripe I have notwithstanding here are three of the book s most glaring failures Vermeer for being the central male character remains an enigma It s not that he s shrouded in an air of charming mystery but rather that his personality is nothing than a bunch of suppositions that Griet just knows about him Griet does not ever refer to Vermeer as anything other than he or him Not Once It made her sound like a starstruck teenybopper and it undermined any sense of genuine affection between the painter and his maid The similes Oh dear sweet Baby Jesus the similes I now know that I have a limited tolerance for the number of trite comparisons of faces and voices to household objects that I encounter in one novel all thanks to the time I spent reading this book

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With precisely canvases to a Pearl MOBI #241 his credit the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer represents one of the great enigmas of th century Girl with PDFEPUBart The meager facts of his biography have been gleaned from a handful of legal documents Yet Vermeer's extraordinary paintings of domestic with a Pearl ePUB #10003 I know almost nothing about art but even I can tell that Girl With a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer is a brilliant painting captivating is probably the best word to describe it One presumes that Chevalier agrees with me and this is what lead her to write a novel about the painting its subject and its creator So is the novel as captivating as the piece that inspired itThe short answer would be no Now for the longer answerChevalier is probably one of the best known historical novelists of the last ten years with this book always in the foreground when she is discussed As far as historical information goes I think she does okay with it I had a pretty clear picture of the Netherlands in the seventeenth century by the time I was done with the book whether or not its accurate or not is another matter but I felt at times that there wasn t that detail that critics proclaimed about on the coverThe characters I feel are never truly developed Vermeer himself remains a mystery throughout even to the protagonist and narrator Griet who appears to have some connection with him Griet meanwhile is what I would describe as a stock teenage girl character She is similar to many characters I ve read before and yet she does not really advance on thatThe narrative style is one that I would have adored at 14 but by now find to be pedestrian This is first person narrative at its simplest and blandest and I don t feel that we gain anything from it the novel may just as well have been in third person and would not have suffered for it It may even have benefited from itThe structure is interesting Split into parts that represent years rather than having chapter breaks makes it difficult to find a stopping place at times and it is this than anything else that makes a page turner of the novel Meanwhile the entire thing seems to be building to the inevitable moment when Vermeer will paint Griet The scenes are handled with less intensity than I had hoped for from the build up and once the painting is finished Chevalier seems to want nothing but for the novel to be over too and closes it down rather too uicklyPerhaps the fact that little is known about Vermeer s life would imply that a fictional version of it would be easy to tell Sadly the gaps in knowledge seem to be too big to fillAt the end of the novel I had discovered how this work came about the girl staring out from it but still had almost no real idea of the man behind it It is in my opinion a failure in this respectHowever it is a good read if you re looking for something historical but not too heavy Or if you like art there are some interesting discussions about colour in there I can see why many people enjoy this novel but I cannot fathom why some hold it in such high acclaim I feel it will be some time before I read anything else by Tracy Chevalier

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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 Pear Girl with a Pearl Earring Tracy ChevalierGirl with a Pearl Earring is a 1999 historical novel written by Tracy Chevalier Set in 17th century Delft Holland the novel was inspired by Delft school painter Johannes Vermeer s painting Girl with a Pearl Earring Chevalier presents a fictional account of Vermeer the model and the painting The novel was adapted into a 2003 film of the same name and a 2008 play Sixteen year old Griet lives with her family in Delft in 1664 Her father has been recently blinded in an accident and the family s precarious economic situation forces Griet s parents to find her employment as a maid in painter Johannes Vermeer s household Becoming a maid casts doubt on Griet s respectability because of the bad reputation that maids have for stealing spying and sleeping with their employers It is not revealed how much of this reputation is earned At the Vermeers she befriends the family s oldest daughter Maertge but is not on good terms with Cornelia one of Vermeer s younger daughters She also becomes friendly with Tanneke the other house servant but is careful to remain modest and unobtrusive for fear of making Tanneke jealous 2001 1380 237 20 1381 269 9789645757401