Girl With A Pearl Earring

Girl With A Pearl Earring

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Baker & Taylor
A poor seventeenth-century servant girl knows her place in the household of the painter Johannes Vermeer, but when he begins to paint her, nasty whispers and rumors circulate throughout the town

Blackwell North Amer
History and fiction merge seamlessly in this luminous novel about artistic vision and sensual awakening as seen through the eyes of the young woman who was the inspiration behind one of Vermeer's finest paintings.
With its striking sense of period detail - vividly evoking a distant place and time - Girl with a Pearl Earring tells the tale of a young girl on the brink of womanhood, whose life is transformed by her brief encounter with genius ... even as she herself is immortalized on canvas.

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& Taylor

A poor seventeenth-century servant girl knows her place in the household of the painter Johannes Vermeer, but when he begins to paint her, nasty whispers and rumors circulate throughout the town. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Dutton, 2000, c1999
ISBN: 9780525945277
052594527X
9780452282155
0452282152
9781435276932
1435276930
Characteristics: 233 p. ; 22 cm

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AL_RIMA 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.

AL_SARAHD 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.
Brilliant.

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erinsnest
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?

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kristikaye
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.

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ckaldahl
Jun 20, 2014

Quick, easy read.

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Lotte_
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!! :)

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DennyZ1
Nov 18, 2013

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

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kaiear
Sep 09, 2013

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!

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lozza1401
Aug 24, 2013

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

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Jul 28, 2014

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ckaldahl
Jun 20, 2014

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

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Brisingr2000
Aug 19, 2013

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

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