Thursday, March 21, 2013

Book Review: Girl With a Pearl Earring - Tracy Chevalier

Girl with a Pearl Earring
In seventeenth-century Delft, there's a strict social order-rich and poor, Catholic and Protestant, master and servant-and all know their place.  When Griet becomes a maid in the household of the painter Johannes Vermeer, she thinks she  knows her role: housework, laundry, and the care of his six children.  She even feels able to handle his shrewd mother-in-law; his restless, sensual wife; and their jealous servant.  What no one expects is that Griet's quiet manner, quick perceptions, and fascination with her master's paintings will draw her inexorably into this world.  Their growing intimacy sparks whispers; and when Vermeer paints her wearing his wife's pearl earrings, the gossip escalates into a full-blown scandal that irrevocably changes Griet's life.

4/5 stars (really liked it)
I really enjoyed this fictionalized story of the girl in the famous painting.  Although this book is fairly short I feel like I really got to know Griet.  I wish though that we could have learned more about Johannes and what his views on things were.  I like how at the end you find out where characters are 10 years after.  Overall a good story.

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