©1999 Tracy Chevalier; (P)2001 HighBridge Company
"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)
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.
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
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.
I read constantly - hardbacks and ebooks, but I've always got a "listen" on my iphone. I trek all over the world, but my books travel with me.
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.
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.
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.
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