Girl With A Pearl Earring

Girl With A Pearl Earring

Book - 2001
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The New York Times bestselling novel by the author of A Single Thread and At the Edge of the Orchard

Translated into thirty-nine languages and made into an Oscar-nominated film, starring Scarlett Johanson and Colin Firth

Tracy Chevalier transports readers to a bygone time and place in this richly-imagined portrait of the young woman who inspired one of Vermeer's most celebrated paintings.

History and fiction merge seamlessly in this luminous novel about artistic vision and sensual awakening. Girl with a Pearl Earring tells the story of sixteen-year-old Griet, whose life is transformed by her brief encounter with genius . . . even as she herself is immortalized in canvas and oil.

Publisher: New York, NY : Penguin Group, 2001, c1999.
ISBN: 9780452282155
Branch Call Number: CHE
Characteristics: 233 p. ; 20 cm.


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Jun 14, 2019

Loved this book about the era, the subject and the artist

multcolib_susannel Oct 15, 2018

Based on the life of 17th century Dutch painter Vermeer, this compelling story of the culture and times is told through his servant Greit.

Oct 03, 2018

Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier was an intriguing fictitious book based on the life of the famous painter Johannes Vermeer. 16-year-old Griet, is hired by Vermeer’s wife, Catharina, to work as a maid in their home. Catharina, her mother and her favoured child are unkind to her, and the maid who is many years her senior is bitter about having to work alongside a young girl who seems to be more determined than she. But after given the job to clean out Vermeer’s art studio, she finds delight in watching his paintings progress and change every time she steps foot in his room. Through Vermeer’s observation, he secretly recruits her as his art assistant and the story continues. What I liked about this book was not only the fact that Chevalier built her own story out of a painting, but because she didn’t depend on suspense to peak the curiosity of the readers. The entire book pulled me in, but in eagerness to find how Griet’s life evolved, but not to find the solution or ending of a suspenseful moment. I give this book 5/5 stars and recommend this book to ages 13 and up.
@ilovefood of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Mar 10, 2018

I'm not much of a reader, it's not easy for me to get absorbed into a book easily. Yet this book took me away. I don't remember when was the last time I stayed up till late at night just because I couldn't let go of a book!

The first half of the book seems slow with the story; more descriptive. Yet, it is not boring, and the author depicts it in a way that makes you draw a picture in your head. And she is great with catching the subtle and sensitive feelings of women. The plot gains speed towards the end, and I couldn't put the book down. I became interested in Vermeer and looked up some of his works.

Beautifully written. Really enjoyed reading it.

Feb 27, 2018

Heightens interest in Vermeer's works by creating a backstory for several of his paintings.

ArapahoeRima Jan 28, 2017

Tracy Chevalier makes you feel like you are in that time period with Vermeer and his paintings. The book has a good pace and its emotionally charged.

ArapahoeSarahD Aug 06, 2016

Has a book ever made you look differently at the world? This one certainly made me see color, and even art itself, in a different light.
If you love art, romance, heartbreak and historical timeframes, you will like this book.
I cannot tell you how wonderfully Tracy Chevalier truly makes the reader SEE.

Aug 05, 2016

Aug 4 2016.....After the first few paragraphs I had high hopes for this novel. However, in the end I was left with a kind of empty waste of time feeling. I ordered the movie just out of curiosity, but it wasn't much better. Oh well, you win some, you lose some!.....maybe it's just me, as I seem to prefer non-fiction more these days?

Dec 13, 2014

Enjoyable book. Interesting to think of how life was at that time. Good story, not fast-paced, and the descriptions were beautifully written.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 05, 2014

Griet, a pretty Dutch serving girl, is hired as a maid for the painter Vermeer’s family. Before long she falls prey to the lustful attentions of Vermeer’s wealthy patron. When he insists on Vermeer painting Griet’s portrait, she knows that her life will never be the same again. A lovely vignette full of colour and history.

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Jun 20, 2014

Fictional story behind Vermeer's painting of the girl with pearl earring.

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Aug 19, 2013

Sexual Content: Lots of it. Touching, and one scene with sex.


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Jun 22, 2014

"Why," she asked, "have you never painted me?"

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