The miniaturist

by Jessie Burton | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
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Registered by dutch-book of Heerenveen, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on 5/10/2020
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Journal Entry 1 by dutch-book from Heerenveen, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Sunday, May 10, 2020
From the back:

On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office--leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.

But Nella's world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist--an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways . . .

Johannes' gift helps Nella to pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand--and fear--the escalating dangers that await them all. In this repressively pious society where gold is worshipped second only to God, to be different is a threat to the moral fabric of society, and not even a man as rich as Johannes is safe. Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits them. Is the miniaturist the key to their salvation . . . or the architect of their destruction?

Journal Entry 2 by dutch-book at Heerenveen, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Sunday, May 10, 2020
The story was interesting, but I didn't get the actions of all the characters. They were so different than what I think they should have done. I am so glad to have been born in this time, because I was annoyed by the weaknesses of the women in the story. Especially somewhere halfway I felt annoyed of all the shrieking during a particular encounter.
I've seen the actual doll cabinet in the Rijksmuseum, which was very pretty. I will now try to learn more about the real Petronella Oortman and Johannes Brandt.

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