Girl With A Pearl Earring

Girl With A Pearl Earring

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"When Griet becomes a maid in the household of the seventeenth-century painter Jahannes Vermeer, she thinks she knows her role: housework, laudry, and child crae. She even feels able to handle his shrewd mpther-in-law, his restless 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."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : A Plume Book, 2000, c1999.
ISBN: 9780452287020
Call Number: CHEVALIER
Characteristics: 233 p. ; 20 cm.
Subjects: Vermeer, Johannes, 1632-1675 -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.


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The historic fiction novel “Girl with a Pearl Earring” by Tracy Chevalier is a motivating extension of the story behind Johannes Vermeer’s famous painting of a girl wearing a pearl earring. It expands upon the life of the girl in the painting, whom he names Griet, and her complex relationship with the painter and others around her. One of the most appealing things about this story is Griet’s simple and honorable character- how she pushes through hardships without letting it get to her and tries to think of others first, yet, like all people, has her flaws. Another thing about Griet that is compelling is the way that she understands Vermeer’s work and insightfully knows what he should change in a painting before he does so, as this develops her character into someone that a reader can trust. It’s a very real story, and its realness is accentuated by the plain, clear way it is written. From an outside perspective, the plot may not seem majorly complex, but because of the simple language used, small interpersonal conflicts between members of the house are amplified in severity. This is very realistic to the time period’s norms and carries a sense of antiquity. All in all, I give it 5/5 stars. Elena of the Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers

Jun 14, 2019

Loved this book about the era, the subject and the artist

multcolib_susannel Oct 15, 2018

Based on the life of 17th century Dutch painter Vermeer, this compelling story of the culture and times is told through his servant Greit.

Oct 03, 2018

Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier was an intriguing fictitious book based on the life of the famous painter Johannes Vermeer. 16-year-old Griet, is hired by Vermeer’s wife, Catharina, to work as a maid in their home. Catharina, her mother and her favoured child are unkind to her, and the maid who is many years her senior is bitter about having to work alongside a young girl who seems to be more determined than she. But after given the job to clean out Vermeer’s art studio, she finds delight in watching his paintings progress and change every time she steps foot in his room. Through Vermeer’s observation, he secretly recruits her as his art assistant and the story continues. What I liked about this book was not only the fact that Chevalier built her own story out of a painting, but because she didn’t depend on suspense to peak the curiosity of the readers. The entire book pulled me in, but in eagerness to find how Griet’s life evolved, but not to find the solution or ending of a suspenseful moment. I give this book 5/5 stars and recommend this book to ages 13 and up.
@ilovefood of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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.

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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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Jun 22, 2014

"Why," she asked, "have you never painted me?"

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