An international best seller with over two million copies sold, this is a story of an artist's desire for beauty and the ultimate corruption of innocence.
17th Century Holland. When Griet becomes a maid in the household of Johannes Vermeer in the town of Delft, she thinks she knows her role: housework, laundry and the care of his six children. But as she becomes part of his world and his work, their growing intimacy spreads tension and deception in the ordered household and, as the scandal seeps out, into the town beyond.
Tracy Chevalier's extraordinary historical novel on the corruption of innocence and the price of genius is a contemporary classic.
©2006 Tracy Chevalier (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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A picture paints a thousand words, isn't that how the saying goes? These words painted a picture for me. I loved it and it's a favourite listen if I need a little quiet time. Don't bother if you want action and adventure, do if you want to sink heart and soul into 17th Century Holland and follow one life through the streets, sights smells and all.
"Wistful, evocative, compelling"
I've seen the film and was looking for an audio book that I could lose myself in, and happily sleep to at night. This is a beautiful story, sensitively read by the wonderful Hattie Morahan. who played Elinor Dashwood in the TV rendition of Sense and Sensibility.
"love love love"
It's in the top ten.
It was all memorable, I loved the pace and countenance
She brings the story alive. Books that have a narrator really lend themselves well to the format.
I have seen the film and in comparison to the book It seems clumsy and misses the subtleties of the story. You realise that films flatten such stories as you can't know what people are thinking in the same way. The film misses so much of the point of the relationship that I could hardly bear to watch it.
"Beautiful story, beautifully read"
I particularly loved the slow-paced plot full of wonderful descriptions of Delft, of Vermeer's home and family, and of his paintings. There is also a gradual sexual tension between Griet and Vermeer which adds an interesting dimension to the story.
I was fascinated by Maria Thins, who was Vermeer's mother-in-law. She seemed to know everything that went on in the house, and worked with Griet to help Vermeer complete his paintings.
Griet was my favourite character. She was beautifully portrayed by Hattie Morahan. Serious, quiet, yet passionate and bright, she is the most fully-developed character in the book.
This is a book I would read again - it is full of details of life in Delft at the time of Vermeer, and you almost feel as though you are in one of his paintings.
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