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Girl with a Pearl Earring | [Tracy Chevalier]

Girl with a Pearl Earring

An international bestseller 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.
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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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  • Tracy
    Lyme Regis, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Beautiful."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Carnforth, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "love love love"
    Where does Girl with a Pearl Earring rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top ten.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Girl with a Pearl Earring?

    It was all memorable, I loved the pace and countenance


    What does Hattie Morahan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    She brings the story alive. Books that have a narrator really lend themselves well to the format.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    UK
    10/15/13
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    "Beautiful story, beautifully read"
    What made the experience of listening to Girl with a Pearl Earring the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Hattie Morahan – was your favourite?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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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