Girl with a Pearl Earring
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I fell in love with this book. Vermeer is one of my favorite painters and I'd really like to read how Ms Chevalier saw the history of that famous painting. Her interpretation was realist, but her imagination was present. The servants' situation seemed well described and realist. However, as much as I love the story, the setting and the characters, I felt that the book lacked narrativity and I attribute that lack to the author's writing style that I didn't like that much. Nevertheless, I would recommend this book to anyone as it's really good.
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Going to FiBe. Enjoy !!!
This is the second book I have now read by Tracy Chevalier and although I enjoyed it, I think I preferred The Lady and the Unicorn more.
Thanks to KarinAlyssa for sending it to me though!
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Anniversary RABCK sent to kizmiaz to celebrate my 1 year anniversary! Hope you enjoy the book!
I enjoyed especially the descriptions of Vermeer's work and the way the light was always present to enhance one thing or another. I like some of Vermeer's paintings and what I read here sounded real.
Griet is quite a character and the author was carefull enough not to overexpose her.
- I think a month is time enough for you to read this book if you think you won't make it no problem, just let me know so I can post a little warning to the following BC'er, it's all a matter of courtesy;
- Please do not forget to make a JE when you get it and when you send it on to the next, that way we'll all know where the book is;
- There is no limit to people on this BRay, the more the merrier;
- The last person on the BRay is free to do with the book as he pleases, you might even want to help it continuing its journey.
- Sent out to Frangipani04 today (05.12.2005)
- Frangipani04 (Portugal)
- bookmanu (Portugal)
- oliveoyle (UK)
- TheWhiteLion (UK)
- tabbystripes (UK)
- kalistina (France)
- katyan (Finland)
- pulcherrima (Denmark)
- wyldanthem (USA)
- aussie-rose (Australia)
- cat207 - (Australia)
- Sugaryfun (Australia)
- playtheman (Australia)
- hshah (India)
- silvia-pco (Portugal)<-- It's here
- whiskeyjane (USA)
It was one of the best books I've read this year. Hope you all like it the same way!
Thank you for sharing it, kizmiaz! The book will be sent out to bookmanu as soon as I get his/hers address.
30/12 - sent today to bookmanu.
Happy New Year to all of you!
I'm looking forward to reading this book, it's been on my 'wishlist' for ages.
I enjoyed reading about Griet and how she came to be painted by Vermeer. Looking forward to reading more books by Tracy Chevalier.
Posted off to Oliveoyle today.
But thank you for the chance to read this, kizmiaz, and for organising the bookring. Much apprecited!
I'm PMing TheWhiteLion and will pop it in the post as soon as I've got their address.
What a stunning book!
I really enjoyed reading the book. The book drew to me to Vermeer's paintings as Griet sees them come to life. Before even finishing the book, I was looking up Vermeer's works on the internet and trying to see them through her eyes. This book will definitely go on my Recommended Reading list!
Have lent the book to a friend for a quick read (in the hope that she'll join bookcrossing as well). Will mail it off to tabbystripes in the next couple of days.
It was my first novel of Tracy Chevalier and I'm pleased I'm in for another ring, "the lady and the unicorn".
Sorry for my english, I hope the following readers will enjoy it like I did.
Thank you Kizmiaz for this ray :))
I wish a happy bookring for the next readers, I'll send the book to pulcherrima on Monday. (Lesehest wanted to skip).
Unfortunately I'm very busy at the moment, but I will put it on top of my TBR list!
I think it is a great idea to write a book based on your interpretation of a painting, and I'm sure that I will think of Griet whenever I see any of Vermeer's paintings, because her story is so touching.
I've alread contacted wyldanthem, and the book will be shipped to the US immediately.
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Tracy Chevalier answered my curiosity with Girl With a Pearl Earring, and it makes me wish I knew more fictional books based on paintings. This is only the second Chevalier novel I've read, but I can say without a doubt that this one is WORLDS better than Falling Angels. The characters are much more interesting, their situations much more complicated, and their interactions much more entertaining. No one is perfect, except on Vermeer's canvas, and though a fairy-tale-like happily ever after isn't acheived, neither does the cast meet with a pitiful end. Some are definitely left better off than others, but such is life.
One thing is for sure: I'll never be able to look at the painting Girl With a Pearl Earring without being reminded of the clever Griet, vicious little Cordelia, and the capable Maria Thins. Because Chevalier's way with words is just as masterful as Vermeer's way with colors.
The only books I give a 10-star rating are those that become part of my permanent collection -- and a new copy of this one is already sitting on my shelf. So thanks, kizmiaz, for organizing this 'ray!
I'll be mailing this off to cat207 this afternoon! :-)
I have PMed Sugaryfun for an address.
It is always interesting to read of a great artist/musician/writer/sportsman and this makes the uncomfortable life story of VandeMeer worth reading. However it isn't a book that I would wish to return to.
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The Book is on its way to silvia-pco in Portugal. Didnt manage time to read it, hope to read it in the future.
thanks for sharing
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13thNovember - Sorry for keeping this one for such a long amount of time. I hope to pass it one before the end of this month.
4th January - I'm almost done with this one!
I just loved it. I has been in my wishlist for ages and it was definitely worth the wait. The story itself is very simple, but the descriptions are great and the plot fantastic. And Griet, as kizmiaz said, is quite a character.
Thanks a lot for sharing. Will be mailed out to fungaga in no time.
18thJanuary - fungaga and LESEHEST asked to be skipped. I'm waiting for whiskeyjane's answer.
01. aneca (Portugal)
02. ZAS (UK)
03. justmesam (Holand)
05. fungaga (Portugal)
I do feel that Chevalier is very good at conveying the right atmosphere for her novels. This is the second one I read and in both of them there's an artistic atmosphere, if you can call it that, and a great concern with describing not only the works of art involved but also the materials and techniques the characters use.
In this story about one of Johannes Vermeer’s most famous paintings, Griet a sixteen year girl is led by the impoverishment of her family to seek employment with Vermeer's family. Griet is an uncommonly sensitive girl who orders vegetables according to size and colour. That attracts Vermeer’s attention and soon she becomes not only the house maid but is assistant in manufacturing the colours he uses. In a society with rigid rules separating religious beliefs and society divisions between people, this transformation of Griet's duties is well hidden from Vermeer's wife, requested by the painter and abetted by his mother in law. Vermeer's demands on Griet won’t stop there as he decides to make her a model for one of his paintings thus making her position in the house even more secretive and fragile.
The atmosphere is indeed everything in this novel where no one comes across as very sympathetic, Vermeer lost in his genius, Griet confused and unsettled by her feelings and the other members of the household more devoted to their own interests. As the action draws to a close it seems obvious that Griet's time with Vermeer would be finished as soon as is painting was. His interest in her as a subject ends when he reaches perfection even if that causes her to lose her job and almost her respectability.
I must confess that although I can see what makes so many love this book that sentiment eluded me somehow. I can see its merits, I'm glad I read it but that's it. Maybe I'm just not a very visual sort of person because I did love the movie where I could actually see the colours and understand them.
sent to fungaga on Jan 12 2009 as previous members did not respond to PMs
Lesehest has the book already. That means I'm the last one. I will release the book - at the Portuguese Convention or the Lisbon Book Fair, still haven't decide.
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This book will be released at the LEM (Lisboa Encruzilhada da Mundos) pavillion at the Lisbon book fair 2009.
The release will be made in memory of our beloved Snowshoee, that left us this year and has a bookplate mentioning it (in portuguese).
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To be released at Bookcrossing/LEM - Lisboa Encruzilhada de Mundos stand in Lisbon's Bookfair (April 30th - May 17th)
I had taken a few books to release there, that a friend had asked me, ncluding a copy of "Girl with a pearl earring".
When I was leaving I commented with syrin that I was finding hard to leave the book, because I'm curious to read it, but I have so many books in my TBR pile that I didn't want more. So I brought the book, thinking that it was the one that I had left there earlier. Now I find out it's a different copy of the book...
It will take me a little time to start reading it, but I'll get to it.
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Today my brother's friends from Russia offered me a nice book from Murakami, so I decided to ask them to help this book to travel to Russia.
I hope they enjoy it.