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Girl with a Pearl Earring | [Tracy Chevalier]

Girl with a Pearl Earring

History and fiction merge seamlessly in Tracy Chevalier's luminous novel about artistic vision and sensual awakening. Through the eyes of 16-year-old Griet, the world of 1660s Holland comes dazzlingly alive in this richly imagined portrait of the young woman who inspired one of Vermeer's most celebrated paintings.
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Publisher's Summary

History and fiction merge seamlessly in Tracy Chevalier's luminous novel about artistic vision and sensual awakening. Through the eyes of 16-year-old Griet, the world of 1660s Holland comes dazzlingly alive in this richly imagined portrait of the young woman who inspired one of Vermeer's most celebrated paintings.

©1999 Tracy Chevalier; (P)2001 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"A vibrant, sumptuous novel...Triumphant." (The Wall Street Journal)
"Superb...Vividly captures the world of 17th-century Delft." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Marvelously evocative." (The New York Times)

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    "Enthralling Historical Fiction"

    This is a beautiful fictional story and the reading is excellent. The characters are all believable and only occasionally does the story border on the improbable. I assume that it is historically accurate in the depiction of life for upper and lower classes in a Dutch town in the 17th century. At no time did the story line drag and I was kept involved till the very last sentence.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Lynea Coconut Creek, FL, USA 08-28-03
    Lynea Coconut Creek, FL, USA 08-28-03
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    "Great Read"

    This book absolutely takes you to another place and another time. The writer envelopes you into the story and the main character's world from beginning to end. It is kind of an anitclimactic book, but a very sweet read. I loved it and would definitely recommend it

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Maria SANDY, UT, United States 03-26-04
    Maria SANDY, UT, United States 03-26-04 Member Since 2000
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    "Transports you to another place and time"

    After listening to this short read, I feel like I have been to 1600's Holland. The descriptions are vivid and unique - like poetry written in prose. The reader does an especially excellent job of capturing the main character, a Holland maid named Greit.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Primrose Austin, TX USA 03-26-05
    Jennifer Primrose Austin, TX USA 03-26-05 Member Since 2001

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    "with the quiet gentleness of a painting"

    learn about the life of the rich artist and his gifted muse...the writing feels like a meditation that is rich with the fabric of the past and colored with emotion felt deep and betrayal done wiht such disregard and misunderstanding...but ending in the beauty of the painting...Girl with a Pearl Earring.

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    Pier traverse city, MI, USA 06-23-04
    Pier traverse city, MI, USA 06-23-04 Member Since 2002
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    "A wonderful journey"

    Tracy Chevalier has written a wonderful book that richly portrays the artist's studio as well as an insightful look behind the scenes into the social strata of 17th century Delft. Wonderfully narrated by Jenna Lamia.

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    Donna Westminster, CO, USA 11-19-04
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    "Girl with a Pearl Earring"

    This is a light weight romance novel in a historical setting. In enjoyed listening to the narrator's accent. The premise of who is the girl in the actual painting is fleshed-out into an enjoyable story that does not require a lot of deep thinking. Great escape literature.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah rocky point, NY, USA 05-27-09
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    fast moving story - made you want to look at the portrait of the Girl with the Earring several times. Love the main character.

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