Girl with a Pearl Earring

Girl with a Pearl Earring

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 portrai With precisely 35 canvases to his credit, the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer represents one of the great enigmas of 17th-...

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Title:Girl with a Pearl Earring
Author:Tracy Chevalier
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:Girl with a Pearl Earring
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:233 pages pages

Girl with a Pearl Earring Reviews

  • Kelly
    Jun 19, 2007
    I wrote a paper on artistic expression using Girl with a Pearl Earring as a source, since it is a painting, a movie, and a book. It provided me fascinating fodder, a really good read, and a good grade on my paper. This is a wonderful study in repression and tiny details. There are some...
  • Natasha!
    Apr 10, 2008
    I've been hearing good things about this book for years. WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM, everyone I know?? I found the prose artificially concise (as if she had purposely limited her vocabulary by a factor of ten, or as if the narrator was Dutch but just learning English), the characters complet...
  • Daniel
    Jul 20, 2007
    Another one of my wife's recommendations (I read a lot of books that way), I picked it up from the bookshelf the night we came back from seeing the film with Scarlett Johansonn and Colin Firth. I loved the movie--it was just so incredibly sumptuous--and was curious to know the story in...
  • Kate
    Jul 29, 2007
    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 pain...
  • Diane
    Feb 18, 2016
    This was a pleasant diversion. This novel about a pretty maid who appeared in one of Vermeer's paintings is easy to slip into, didn't ask much of me, and kept me entertained for a few days. Is it great literature? No. Was it turned into a decent movie? Yes. Would I recommend the bo...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Oct 11, 2008
    Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier Girl 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 fi...
  • Chrissie
    Mar 30, 2009
    Finished: Excellent writing. Each character was portrayed with depth. I kept thinking that I should quote this line or that, but this was impossible without giving spoilers. You must read the book to get into each of these characters and to submerge yourself into their lives. The book ...
  • Anna
    Jan 11, 2008
    This book features one of my favorite book heroines of all time. Griet is competent, intelligent and observant. She possesses the laudable ability to maneuver 17th century Delft in a shrewd and practical manner while still retaining her love of art; finding beauty in even mundane thing...
  • Madeleine
    Jun 03, 2008
    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 m...
  • Kandice
    May 17, 2016
    This book is gorgeously written. I love that Chevalier makes up all these lives to give a back story to just this one painting. Well, that's not true. We actually see the painting of three or four of Vermeer's 35 through Griet's eyes. I know that I had to constantly pull up images of h...
  • Lavinia
    Apr 14, 2012
    I don't know if it has to do with my vacation days or the fact that I really, but really enjoyed reading this novel, but is was almost impossible to put it down, even though I'm not a big fan of historical fiction and I've watched the film 2 times already. Speaking of it, I'm sure ther...
  • Marian
    Jan 27, 2009
    I enjoyed this book. The story is subtle making it the perfect example that less is more in a story. Some of my thoughts as I read: 1. The society of the time classified everyone as a "have" or a "have not". For a girl who was in between it was a matter of time before she was for...
  • kian
    Jul 06, 2016
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  • Jason Koivu
    Feb 29, 2012
    I CAN'T SHOUT "MEH!" LOUD ENOUGH!!! The popular fame obtained by this book and its subsequent movie version starring Scarlett Johansson... *two hours later* (Sorry, I was daydreaming)...had me expecting a tumultuous romance, a grab-ya and hold-ya reading experience. But this.....
  • Carla
    Nov 15, 2016
    Um livro muito plástico e impressivo onde nos é aberta a porta da casa e do estúdio de um dos maiores expoentes da arte flamenga do século XVII, Johannes Vermeer. Da casa do pintor situada no Canto dos Papistas, as janelas abertas para a cidade de Delft permitem ao leitor senti...
  • Zahra
    Aug 03, 2015
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  • Carol
    Jul 09, 2010
    Love this story, love Vermeer's work. Over 2 years a quiet and obedient maid named Griet goes to live as a servant for Johannes Vermeer and his family. It is hard for Griet not to like this good and obedient protagonist, for she struggles with universal yearnings such as love and an es...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Feb 05, 2015
    ?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.? ...
  • Misha  Mathew
    Jun 27, 2010
    Most of us know the painting, if not by name, but by sight at least. You might have even watched the movie starring Colin Firth (!!) and Scarlett Johanssen. Many of us might have heard of Johannes Vermeer, the artist behind this painting. But have you ever wondered, who is the girl in ...
  • Crystal Starr Light
    Oct 28, 2010
    Gorgeous painting, deeper appreciation of art; mediocre, annoying book This is a book that fictionalizes what might have been behind the famous Vermeer painting, "Girl with a Pearl Earring". Griet's family is destitute, and now she must work as a maid in the Vermeer household, clean...
  • Ij
    Jul 10, 2011
    Girl with a Pearl Earring Tracy Chevalier Plume, 2001 The ?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 what I believe is an interesting story...
  • Barry Pierce
    Jul 02, 2017
    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 pa...
  • Lynn
    Dec 09, 2016
    What a visual little book. The need for Griet to be obedient and silent as a girl, a housemaid, and later as a model, makes visual observation her key feature as the narrator. I did see the movie when it came out....it was slow and beautifully filmed....a perfect interpretation of this...
  • Vicky Ziliaskopoulou
    Feb 15, 2016
    ???????, ????? ??? ?????? ???? ??? ??? ????? ??? ??? ??????????- ???? ??? ????? ??? ??????? ???????? ?? ?? ????? Vermeer. ??? ???? ??? ??????? ?? ??????????? ????...
  • Katie Lumsden
    Nov 03, 2017
    An utter joy to read. Really engaging, historically interesting, with strong characterisation and beautiful writing. I will definitely be picking up more by her! ...
  • Pink
    Mar 06, 2014
    I loved this. I don't say that often enough about a book. I was impressed with the writing, completely invested in the story and pleased with the ending. It's not easy to tick all those boxes, especially in a relatively short story. What more can I say. ...
  • Vane J.
    Sep 12, 2014
    Have you ever seen the painting Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer? No? Then, have a look at it: Isn't it beautiful? I hadn't seen it until a few months ago, in a class I was taking at the university called ?film appreciation?. My professor wanted to show us th...
  • Giorgia Penzo
    Jul 09, 2014
    Delicato come una pennellata, intenso come il blu oltremare. L?arte e la narrazione di mescolano come olio e pigmenti, rivelando mille sfumature: i quadri di Vermeer prendono vita, si rivelano, diventano i personaggi di contorno alla protagonista. Visto le poche informazioni che abb...
  • Mahdi Lotfi
    Dec 07, 2017
    ??? ???? ????? ????? ?????? (Tracy Chevalier) ??????? ???????- ?????? ??? ?? ??? ???? ?? ?? ?????? ? ?? ????? ????? ???? ????? ??? ? ?? ??????? ???? ??????? ? ??????? ...
  • Helen 2.0
    Apr 03, 2016
    Girl With a Pearl Earring tells a short story using a lot of words. Even though the novel spans more than a decade, not too much of note happens besides Vermeer's painting. The book is more like an historical account of an ordinary life with occasional excitement sprinkled in. I got a...