16 Apr 2011

Book Review - The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

Girl with a Pearl Earring, Deluxe Edition
Number of Pages - 256

Publisher - Harper

My Review - 10 out of 10

  A sumptuous new look for Tracy Chevalier's bestselling novel. Griet, the young daughter of a tilemaker in seventeeth century Holland, obtains her first job, as a servant in Vermeer's household. Tracy Chevalier shows us, through Griet's eyes, the complicated family, the society of the small town of Delft, and life with an obsessive genius. Griet loves being drawn into his artistic life, and leaving her former drudgery, but the cost to her own survival may be high. 

What a great and beautiful story.  This is one of the first historical fiction books I have read in a very long while.  I absolutely loved it and from page 1 I was immediately swept into this wonderful world and carried away by fantastic characters...

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