[PDF / Epub] ✩ Girl with a Pearl Earring ☉ Tracy Chevalier – Anguillais.us

Girl with a Pearl EarringThe Dutch Painter Vermeer Has Remained One Of The Great Enigmas Of 17th Century Dutch Art While Little Is Known Of His Personal Life, His Extraordinary Paintings Of Natural And Domestic Life, With Their Subtle Play Of Light And Colour, Have Come To Define The Dutch Golden Age The Mysterious Portrait Of The Anonymous Girl With A Pearl Earring Has Fascinated Art Historians For Centuries, And It Is This Magnetic Painting That Lies At The Heart Of Tracy Chevalier S Second Novel Of The Same Title Girl With A Pearl Earring Centres On Vermeer S Prosperous Household In Delft In The 1660s The Appointment Of The Quiet, Perceptive Heroine Of The Novel, The Servant Griet, Gradually Throws The Household Into Turmoil As Vermeer And Griet Become Increasingly Intimate, An Increasingly Tense Situation That Culminates In Her Working For Vermeer As His Assistant, And Ultimately Sitting For Him As A Model Chevalier Deliberately Cultivates A Limpid, Painstakingly Observed Style In Homage To Vermeer, And The Complex Domestic Tensions Of The Vermeer Household Are Vividly Evoked, From The Jealous, Vain, Young Wife To The Wise, Taciturn Mother In Law At Times The Relationship Between Servant And Master Seems A Little Anachronistic, But Girl With A Pearl Earring Does Contain A Final Delicious Twist In Its Tail Chevalier Acknowledges Her Debt To Simon Schama S Classic Study Of The Dutch Golden Age, The Embarrassment Of Riches, And The Novel Comes Hard On The Heels Of Deborah Moggach S Similar Tale Of Domestic Intrigue Behind The Easel Of 17th Century Dutch Painting, Tulip Fever Girl With A Pearl Earring Is A Fascinating Piece Of Speculative Historical Fiction, But How Much Can Novelists Extract From The Dutch Golden AgeJerry Brotton

[PDF / Epub] ✩ Girl with a Pearl Earring ☉ Tracy Chevalier – Anguillais.us
  • Paperback
  • 308 pages
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring
  • Tracy Chevalier
  • English
  • 23 June 2019
  • 9780007172825

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    I heard voices outside our front door a woman s, bright as polished brass, and a man s, low and dark like the wood of the table I was working on They were the kind of voices we heard rarely in our house I could hear rich carpets in their voices, books and pearls and fur The Girl With the Pearl EarringWhen the Vermeers came to visit Griet s home she had no idea they were there for her Her parents had decided, given their near destitution, to find Griet a position as a maid with a wealthy family Her older brother had already been placed in a Delft tile factory It was now her turn to earn the food that made it s way into her belly She was, after all, seventeen Johannes Vermeer was a master painter, recognized even in his own time as one of the best, but he was a slow painter He would only paint when he was inspired to paint An empty purse or a rumbling stomach were never enough inspiration to make him paint faster He averaged only two to three paintings a year As someone who has always admired his paintings I do wish he had been prolific with his brush, but the fact that there are so few paintings by Vermeer make them all the precious Griet is thrown into this chaotic household The house...

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    Another one of my wife s recommendations I read a lot of books that way , I picked it up from the bookshelf the night we came back from seeing the film with Scarlett Johansonn and Colin Firth I loved the movie it was just so incredibly sumptuous and was curious to know the story in the novel, which I knew from experience, and from my wife s continuous comments, would be different, detailed I was right.Chevalier has won a place in my heart and bookshelf Her novels are well crafted, simple to follow, and addictive Girl was no exception The story of the maid Griet in 1600 s Delft, Holland, was amazing in its simple prose and endless emotion Completely fictional no one knows who exactly were the models for any of Vermeer s paintings , it nonetheless possesses a veracity that makes you believe Chevalier found the long lost journal of this unknown woman and wrote her novel based on it The details of seventeen century Holland are rich you feel you are walking the canal lined streets of Delft, smelling the pungent scents of the Meat Market, holding your breath as Vermeer paints next to you Griet is a wonderful protagonist, taking you into her world, yet retaining a few secrets for herself, especially where Vermeer is concerned.Girl is one of those novels that truly invites you, and almost kidnaps you, to become part of the story, to walk next to the characters, to share in their lives, to feel as they feel Watch the movie, by all mean...

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    I know almost nothing about art, but even I can tell that Girl With a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer is a brilliant painting captivating is probably the best word to describe it One presumes that Chevalier agrees with me, and this is what lead her to write a novel about the painting, its subject and its creator So, is the novel as captivating as the piece that inspired it The short answer would be no.Now for the longer answerChevalier is probably one of the best known historical novelists of the last ten years, with this book always in the foreground when she is discussed As far as historical information goes, I think she does okay with it I had a pretty clear picture of the Netherlands in the seventeenth century by the time I was done with the book whether or not its accurate or not is another matter , but I felt at times that there wasn t that detail that critics proclaimed about on the cover.The characters, I feel, are never truly developed Vermeer himself remains a mystery throughout, even to the p...

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    I approached this novel trepidatiously How could I ever suspend my disbelief with this work How could I ever believe such a ridiculous tale about Vermeer and one of his most revered paintings I must admit that I opened this novel expecting to utterly detest the lies it weaves By page two I realised that I was an idiot who should never be listened to Griet is hired as a maid to the Vermeer family in Delft This novel supposes that Griet the maid was the sitter for Vermeer s great work Girl with a Pearl Earring However that is not the story, or at least it is only a small part of it The novel mainly concerns the inner workings of the Vermeer household and Griet s attempts to keep everything in control It is a fantastic character study and I do admire Chevalier s bravery in using the first person narrative Whilst I will admit that at times Griet s dialogue is somewhat stilted and some lines are just downright odd His smile made me grip my broom tightly was one line that m...

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    Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy ChevalierGirl with a Pearl Earring is a 1999 historical novel written by Tracy Chevalier Set in 17th century Delft, Holland, the novel was inspired by Delft school painter Johannes Vermeer s painting Girl with a Pearl Earring Chevalier presents a fictional account of Vermeer, the model, and the painting The novel was adapted into a 2003 film of the same name and a 2008 play Sixteen year old Griet lives with her family in Delft in 1664 Her father has been recently blinded in an accident, and the family s precarious economic situation forces Griet s parents to find her employment as a maid in painter Johannes Vermeer s household Becoming a maid casts doubt on Griet s respectability because of the bad reputation that maids have for stealing, spying and sleeping with t...

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    So the parts when Vermeer was actually being a painter were interesting Seeing as I slogged through this on account of a recommendation that arose from an art class lecture on Vermeer, I was hoping that the art stuff would at least deliver But it s not a good sign when a book s most compelling moments revolve around two people grinding pigments And, no Grinding pigments is not a euphemism for artist bangin It is, quite literally, referring to the detailed descriptions of how paint was made in the days before those fancy metal tubes replaced pig bladders as the paint storing vessels of choice.This was the most predictable book I ve read in a while, and that includes the two graphic novel series that are simply retelling stories I know well in a new medium I knew exactly where the plot was going within the book s first dozen pages Every subsequent thread was introduced with the subtlety of a sledgehammer and the writerly finesse of a 14 year old s first attempt at fanfiction It was also pretty obvious what stereotype everyone was going to play from his or her ver...

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    I CAN T SHOUT MEH LOUD ENOUGH The popular fame obtained by this book and its subsequent movie version starring Scarlett Johansson two hours later Sorry, I was daydreaming had me expecting a tumultuous romance, a grab ya and hold ya reading experience But thisI don t know what this was, but it wasn t exciting in the least Girl With a Pearl Earring is about a maid, who becomes a model, who gets her picture painted and attracts the notice of a few men The painter is famous, so that s interesting His patron is rich, of course, and expects to get what he wants, so there s your villainkind of Really, our protagonist s main enemy is jealousy But that enemy s effectiveness is quashed by another force money And that leaves us with a less dramatically, emotionally affecting book I read through to the end, expecting something bigger to happen the whole way, but even though it never did, I did still manage to g...

  8. says:

    Beautifully written and read aloud, this is an imagining of the possible life of the girl depicted in Vermeer s lovely painting.

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    Girl with a Pearl EarringTracy ChevalierPlume, 2001The Girl with a Pearl Earring is a painting done by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, around 1665 Not much is known about Vermeer which gives Chevalier creative license to develop what I believe is an interesting story The painting is currently on exhibition in New York, at the Frick Collection The exhibition is scheduled to be there until January 19, 2014.The story told in first person by Griet the protagonist starts in Delft South Holland , in 1664, when she was sixteen 16 Griet is the daughter of a tile painter who has recently lost his sight Griet parents hired her out as a maid to the Vermeer family Griet was expected to help out her family by bringing home the fruits of her labor In the first few pages of the book there is considerable change in this family The father has lost his sight, her brother Frans thirteen 13 has left home to start an apprenticeship, now Griet is leaving home to work Her younger sister Agnes is upset because she will be without both siblings Griet is concerned because her family is Protestant and while the Vermeer s are Catholic...

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