Girl with a Pearl Earring

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Girl with a Pearl Earring is a historical novel fictionalizing the creation of Vermeer's painting of the same name. It tells the story of Griet, a maid in the Vermeer household, and how she came to be immortalized by the master of light.

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  • Peter Larson
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "If you love art, this will be interesting. It features some nice art in there."
  • Sara Duncan
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "A great story of the actual story behind the painting. The author goes into great detail of each of the character's background. This is a thought provoking book with a good character development and the right amount of suspense and drama. Highly recommended for those who are a fan of the painting."
  • Kathleen Guerrero
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Girl with a Pearl Earring is a great book by Tracy Chevalier and I would highly recommend trying it out if you are searching for a must-read book by her. I thought that this story was very fascinating as it is a historical novel that depicts the story of a maid that becomes immortalized by the master of light. "
  • Ricardo Andrade
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This book provides historical perspective from the point of view you wouldn't really think about. It's fiction, but the way it's written is very believable and could very well be passed off as a factual account. The story was easy to get into and kept my attention the whole way through."
    Terry Wagner
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "What is there to not like about this book? It has art, it has mystique, and it has one of my favorite painters. Add the exquisite illustrations, and I found that I could not put this book down!"
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  • Helen Reed
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This is a charming, well-thought out story around Vermeer's painting of the same name. Even the simplest actions take on a luminous quality under Tracey Chevalier's pen."
  • Ridhi Chattopadhyay
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This book is overrated. It is not very long but it is quite dull. It is odd that it has had such success."
  • Christian Jones
    Written on February 6, 2018
    "Girl with a Pearl Earring is a really great historical fiction book. The story is very enthralling and I couldn't put it down."
  • Raymond Olson
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is a captivating story about Johannes “Jan” Vermeer and his artistic creations with a lot of imagination. This book introduces a girl named Griet, who is a maid for the Vermeer house. She is a very hard worker who takes an interest in his paintings as she cleans his studio. Eventually, she even starts to grind ingredients for his paints. I have always liked his paintings so it was an intriguing journey down a speculation upon his life and all those around him."
  • Gregory Chapman
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I love this book. The main protagonist a keen observer who sees the world in sensuous images expressed in beautiful prose. It's readable and absorbing and thought-provoking. Whilst the ending left me a little unsettled, it is, by no means heartbreaking. So I don't think it's a great fit for the problem."
    Harry Lewis
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The book "Girl with a Peal Earring is a great novel to read because I love historical books. I love the character of Griet who is a muse for a painter but seems to be so much more. I also love the romantic plot between her and the , who looks past the fact that she is a maid. Great read."
  • Pamela Gardner
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "A great book which takes you back in time and lets you imagine how this artist and his muse might have been. I could barely put the book down and was sad when it ended."
  • Crystal Shi
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Girl with a Pearl Earring is a good read, especially if you love art. It has to do with a painting and societal differences, so I was a bit leery of reading it at first. It was not a hard read though, and I thoroughly enjoyed the characters."
    Austin Garcia
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This book was interesting but I usually don't read these types of genre usually. It was a little slow."
    Diana Wagner
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Historical novels are widely underrepresented. Girl with a pearl earring tackles a riveting story."
  • George Mitchell
    Written on May 16, 2018
    " I like this book a lot. It’s a good read. It was an enjoyable story about paintings. It’s very easy to keep track of the characters, and the social understanding of the time period. I enjoyed the historic fiction, and suspense drama. I couldn’t put the book down at all."
  • Martha Hall
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This is a great and classic book. I like that there is artwork included in the updated edition. I really like that you have access to every vermeer painting discussed in the book. This is a great choice for people who enjoy history as well. "
  • Patrick Fox
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Fiction biography? Is this some sort of trendy hipster thing, like serving food on anything but plates? I'm not too proud to say I'm an old man and I'm set in my ways. Whatever you're selling, I don't want it!"
  • Alan Luo
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I am quite familiar with Vermeer's painting of the Girl with a Pearl Earring. It's one of my favorite classical art pieces as it depicts such mystery and beauty. I've read the historical account of how this piece of art came to be and even watched the movie starring a young Scarlett Johansson. Now coming across this book from Tracy Chevalier, I had to pick it up. It has additional works from Vermeer and this fictionalized novel really puts a spin on the story as it follows the maid, Griet, who as most know it, is the Girl with a Pearl Earring. I love this whole story and I feel that a retelling is always something that I would enjoy and it's no different here. Vermeer was such an enigma of sorts to me because of his personality so I love reading different accounts and retellings about this chapter in his life."
  • James Harper
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This is a national bestseller with over two million copies sold. It is very well written, and has been made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth."
  • Michael Kong
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "good"
  • Arthur Guerrero
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Celebrate Tracy Chevalier’s modern classic Girl With A Pearl Earring, featuring a gorgeous new edition illustrated with eight pages of Vermeer’s masterworks. History and fiction merge seamlessly in this luminous novel about artistic vision and sensual awakening. The story of Griet, whose life is transformed by her brief encounter with a genius as she herself is immortalized in canvas and oil, is new again. A Deluxe Edition of the National Bestseller with Over 2 Million Copies Sold: Eight Pages of Full-Color Plates Include Every Vermeer Painting Discussed in the Book French Flaps Rough Front a New Foreword"
    Steven Jimenez
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Girl with a Pearl Earring is a book about a maid, but its super interesting. We read this in senior year, and I couldn't believe how fascinating it was. I think everyone in the world should read this book about inner beauty."
  • Roy Alvarez
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "A great historical novel is The Girl with a Pearl Earring written by Tracy Chevalier. I love this novel, I read it in college and it might be one of the best historical novels of all time. It's about a woman that poses for a portrait and her relationship with the artist. "
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