Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Girl with a Pearl Earring - Book Review

Book: The Girl with a Pearl Earring
Author: Tracy Chevalier
Publisher: Plume
Page: 256 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction, Art

I have not seen the movie yet, so I was unblemished by expectation.

I
felt along with the maid Griet, meanwhile pulling myself away knowing that was the way life was. She did not seem to fit on either end of life: Rich or Poor. However, that didn't keep you from wanting better for her. I love that she had a smart mouth... even knowing that it needed to be kept closed at times! Griet was also very observant, it seems like she catches small little tidbits that normal people wouldn't even give a second thought to.

It was a off the wall book, taking the concept of a painter and one of the paintings to create a story. It really worked. I enjoyed how they talked about the painting process. The set-up had to be perfect every time, which is understandable. The book's painter is about Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675). It was enjoyable to also read about how they prepared the paints, techniques that I only briefly heard about like crushing. Tracy did her homework before she wrote, props for her. The descriptions were beautifully written.

During the summer of 2009 I was lucky enough to spend a few days roaming around NYC. It was a fantastic few days. I am a museum person. I hit several. Here are my personal pictures of the Vermeer's work. These paintings are held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.


Other Books I read by Tracy Chevalier - Falling Angels

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12 comments:

Zakiya the Booknerd said...

Great review Elyssa! Will have to look into this book! :)

Jen the bibliophile said...

I did see the movie, but I have not read the book. I didn't like the movie all that well. It has been awhile since I've seen it though, not since before I got married (so like over 5 yrs ago). I just remember feeling jipped at the end.

Hawk said...

Sorry about that. I have not seen the movie yet. I wish I could tell you the book is better, way better. Wait a minute, 99% of the time the book is way better.

If you like art the detail in discribing how they grind the material to make the paint is pretty fabulous. I enjoyed that historic aspect of the boom. When you read it you can feel that the author put time into research to make the book as accurate as possible.

PapeRDoLL said...

great review lyss, I absolutely loved this book C= it was amazing

PapeRDoLL said...

and yeah 99 % the book is better

Zakiya the Booknerd said...

LOL! Agreeing about the 99% of the time thing, but only because that's a fact. :D

Hawk said...

A fact that I happily stand behind!!

Jen the bibliophile said...

I would like to let you all know we've had 19 visitors since yesterday :D Fun huh?

Hawk said...

Gotta love counters :)

PapeRDoLL said...

oh thanks for making one

Kate said...

Great Review! I would have never thought to read this book but I'll have to check it out now.

Hawk said...

I happened to find this book at goodwill on one of my outing with my grandma. She always laugh when I make a beeline for the booms but I def find some scrumptious books. It is even better knowing that I get to give a book a second chance :)

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