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.
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Courageous Griet, though, proves herself a survivor in this tenderhearted and sharp-eyed ramble through daily life—and high art—in 17th-century Delft. Another small and Vermeer-inspired treasure.Read Full Review of Girl with a Pearl Earring, De... | See more reviews from Kirkus
So, instead of a sweet little tale or melodramatic story, Chevalier highlights the complex social reality of power relations between servant and master, artist and patron...With the same sharpness and sensitivity, Chevalier has also shown how a wealthy patron can exploit art with his despicable, self-serving lust.Read Full Review of Girl with a Pearl Earring, De...
This was a very interesting, spare, light read. The plot is well-developed and Chevalier tells it with such simplicity and such nuance that one is drawn in...has a wistfulness which comes from unmet expectations and hopes. Beautifully written and engagingly told, this novel displays Chevalier’s skilled story-telling and great attention to detail.Read Full Review of Girl with a Pearl Earring, De...
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