Girl with a Pearl Earring

by Tracy Chevalier | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0006513204 Global Overview for this book
Registered by tutleymutley of Newton Abbot, Devon United Kingdom on 3/5/2005
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8 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by tutleymutley from Newton Abbot, Devon United Kingdom on Saturday, March 05, 2005
I was given this book as a present - it's a lovely read and as a result, I went out to watch the film as well.
It's historical fiction, the story of a painting by Johannes Vermeer, and of the Delft in mid seventeenth century Netherlands - truly evocative.

Welcome to (my first ever) "Girl with a Pearl Earring" BookRing

Members are as follows - Have posted the book off to UrbanSpaceman today (07.03.05). (PM me if you want to join in).

MEMBER/LOCATION
UrbanSpaceman/London
Sapphire99/Lyme Regis
Caffcaff/Rochester
Nice-cup-of-Tea/Zurich
GateGypsy/Takaoka-shi,Toyama,Japan (skipped)
AnglersRest/Teignmouth
MarnieMaybe/Newton Abbot
>Book is safely home again and the ring is complete!
It will be on its way to US next as a bookray...

initially to Amazon Pirate
then on to Lynette4real
and finally Morgail to do with as she wishes...


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Journal Entry 2 by UrbanSpaceman from Kingston upon Thames, Greater London United Kingdom on Wednesday, March 09, 2005
Just arrived today from Tutleymutley. Thanks!

Journal Entry 3 by UrbanSpaceman from Kingston upon Thames, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, March 12, 2005
A beautiful read, the subtle style mirroring the light and dark and details of Vermeer's paintings.

Will send it on to Sapphire99 by first post next week.

Journal Entry 4 by sapphire99 from Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Received today from UrbanSpaceman. Thankyou!

Journal Entry 5 by sapphire99 from Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Friday, March 18, 2005
An imaginative and unique book, completely different to what I had expected. The dark undertones contained in the plot make it unexpectedly poignant- I will never look at one of Vermeer's paintings in the same way again.

Sent to caffcaff 22/03/05

Journal Entry 6 by wingAngelChildwing from Maidstone, Kent United Kingdom on Saturday, March 26, 2005
Received the book this morning, but i wont be able to start it till some time next week :o( (as im currently reading something i'd promised to another BC'er)

Will update this journal entry to give the date i get started on it.....

Thanks :o)


Started Sunday 3rd April 05

Journal Entry 7 by wingAngelChildwing from Maidstone, Kent United Kingdom on Tuesday, April 12, 2005
I finished the book yesterday on the train on the way to The London Meet Up.....

Well.....what can i say about this book!!!! I was quite dissapointed :o( I think it had been toohyped up for me. Yes, it is a beautiful books, but IMO a bit slow. Thanks tutley for giving me the chance to read it. Its going to nice-cup-of-tea next who i will be meeting up with in London on the 22nd so if its ok with everyone i'll hold on to it till then....

Journal Entry 8 by wingAngelChildwing at Bookray in Bookray, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Friday, April 22, 2005

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passing on to nice-cup-of-tea when we meet up tonight at The Stamford Arms

Journal Entry 9 by nice-cup-of-tea from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Monday, April 25, 2005
Received this from CaffCaff at our mini meetup last Friday.
Will read and journal soon

Journal Entry 10 by nice-cup-of-tea from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Wednesday, April 27, 2005
What a fantastic, atmospheric book! Chevalier writing is brilliantly visual and reflects the main themes of the book: light, shadows, colour, the painting process. The book really illuminated the painting process for me. For example, I had never really considered the role that artefacts played in paintings and the fact that the painter would move and choose and play around with objects in order to change the painting. It's obvious (but I never realised) that valuable objects such as clothes, jewellry and other high status props would be provided by the painter, and that these props would appear in many paintings. For example, Catarina's yellow mantle. I thought clothing was significant in this novel. Griet's insistence on clean collars and aprons, her caps which covered her hair. I loved the scene with the camera obscura, and Griet's insistence on looking at the scene through it, but being able to do this alone.

The themes of secrecy, being closed, being contained ran throughout this book. The comparisons of intimacy / sex / sexual harrassment between Griet and the Master, Griet and Pieter, and Griet and van Ruijiven (the patron) were brilliant. I really want to see the film version of this, I hope the film keeps the essence of the novel intact!

Once I have GateGypsy's address, the girl will be travelling across the seas to Japan....

Journal Entry 11 by nice-cup-of-tea from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Friday, April 29, 2005
GateGypsy has already read this, so am sending book today to Anglers rest
(economy post). Happy Reading!

Journal Entry 12 by AnglersRest from Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on Friday, May 06, 2005
Arrived in the post today from Switzerland. Just in time, as I was deliberating which book to go for next.

Journal Entry 13 by AnglersRest from Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on Monday, May 16, 2005
Nearly finished. Have justed PMed MarnieMaybe for their address.

Journal Entry 14 by AnglersRest from Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Thanks Tutley Mutley for an excellent read.

To be posted off to MarnieMaybe on 19th May.~ Enjoy!

Journal Entry 15 by MarnieMaybe from Newton Abbot, Devon United Kingdom on Saturday, May 21, 2005
Book arrived in this morning's post - thank you AnglersRest!

Looking forward to reading it, as I listened to another Tracy Chevalier novel "The Virgin Blue" (which I now find out was her first novel) on audiotape a few months ago, and thought that was beautifully written.

Journal Entry 16 by wingAnonymousFinderwing on Sunday, May 29, 2005
I got into this book very quickly and looked forward to snatching some time every day to carry on with it. I was extremely worried that things would turn out badly for Griet (I'm not saying whether they do or not in case others join this ring). I may well get the film version out on DVD now, although it didn't appeal before.
I love Chevalier's writing style and admire all the painstaking reaserch she must have done in order to create such a convincing portrait of that society.
I presume for the time being book goes back to Tutley Mutley (and I go back to the huge TBR pile of books I actually own!)

Journal Entry 17 by MarnieMaybe from Newton Abbot, Devon United Kingdom on Sunday, May 29, 2005
OK I goofed again, forgot to log in before last journal entry so I'm shown as Anon Finder, but it's actually me (the stupid one).

Journal Entry 18 by tutleymutley from Newton Abbot, Devon United Kingdom on Wednesday, June 15, 2005
thought I'd better 'catch' this book back onto my shelf before it sets off into the wild across the Atlantic to the USA as a bookray. Bye Bye book! Good luck!
it goes first to Amazon Pirate,
then Lynette4real
then finally to Morgail who can send it on further as she wills.

Released 13 yrs ago (6/20/2005 UTC) at mailed to next reader in Postal release, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases

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Mailed to Amazon Pirate to continue the bookray across the pond in USA...

Journal Entry 20 by wingAnonymousFinderwing at Fayetteville, North Carolina USA on Thursday, July 22, 2010
A tidy finish for a simple tale. Gives very little of period interest, and perhaps a simple presentation of a famous artist. Seems a bit like a first novel. Very much a close focused book, not much of time specific information beyond the mixing of paints. A simple tale, but a neat one.

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