Book review: the girl with a pearl earring by tracy chevalier girl with a pearl earring centers on vermeer's prosperous delft household during the 1660s when griet, the novel's quietly perceptive heroine, is hired as a servant, turmoil follows. I recently read the book girl with a pearl earring and i was very impressed by the way tracy chevalier gave life and credibility to her portrait of griet and the dutch painter vermeer thus, it was with high expectations that i bought the film and watched it. England-based chevalier's first us appearance is another novel based on a painting of vermeer (see susan vreeland's girl in hyacinth blue, p 998) the tale this time is told—alluringly indeed—by the housemaid who sat as model for the painting in question. His portrait of the anonymous girl with a pearl earring has exerted a particular fascination for centuries - and it is this magnetic painting that lies at the heart of tracy chevalier's second novel of the same titlegirl with a pearl earring centers on vermeer's prosperous delft household during the 1660s.
Girl with a pearl earring is a 1999 historical novel written by tracy chevalierset in 17th century delft, holland, the novel was inspired by local painter johannes vermeer's girl with a pearl earring. In tracy chevalier's girl with a pearl earring, the subject of johannes vermeer's most famous painting is brought to life the girl with the pearl earring is griet, the vermeers' housemaid, hired in particular to clean vermeer's studio without disturbing its order. Girl with the pearl earring written by claudine castillo on june 7th, 2007 book rating: 4/5 the pleasant story drew me, allowing me to imagine the griet's observations of 17 century dutch life while giving me a glimpse into the complex domestic tensions of the anachronistic household. Girl with a pearl earring is an astounding novel because it also brings into life other paintings of johannes vermeer, the ultimate enigma among the other paintings which appear in this novel, the view of delft is my favorite.
Ps: if you want to see the girl with a pearl earring painting, it is currently displayed at mauritshuis in the hague (the netherlands) pps: tracy chevalier had an interesting ted talk about finding the story inside a painting. Tracy chevalier fills this unusual love story with the shades, sounds, and textures of everyday life in holland narrator ruth ann phimister perfectly voices griet's growing awareness of the intrigues surrounding her and the need to define the value of her life. All-in-all, girl with a pearl earring was a fascinating and thought-provoking read, leaving me with more questions than answers even until the end of the book, i was at a loss for words to describe what exactly was occurring between griet and vermeer.
Girl with a pearl earring by tracy chevalier is an amazing book that brings the story behind the vermeer painting to life this book brings you back to the1660's delft into to the life of griet, a 16 year old, protestant, dutch girl. Girl with a pearl earring is the story of 16-year-old griet, whose life is transformed by her brief encounter with genius, even as she herself is immortalized in canvas and oil the runaway new york times bestseller with over one million copies sold—soon to be a major motion picture starring scarlett johansson and colin firth. In the novel girl with a pearl earring by tracy chevalier, griet faces many challenges which causes her identity to change though griet starts out as an innocent maid who has to follow orders, she starts developing her own opinion and the ability to make decisions. Abstracttracy chevalier's ekphrastic novel girl with a pearl earring explores the relationship between literature and art, as it narrates jan vermeer's paintings from the perspective of the story's narrator, griet, who works as a maid in the vermeers's house.
Girl with a pearl earring tells the story behind the advent of this famous painting, all the while depicting life in 17th-century delft, a small dutch city with a burgeoning art community the novel centers on griet, the protestant daughter of a delft tile painter who lost his sight in a kiln accident. ― tracy chevalier, quote from girl with a pearl earring it seemed to me that the baker had an honest response to the painting van ruijven tried too hard when he looked at paintings, with his honeyed words and studied expressions. Girl with a pearl earring tells the story of sixteen-year-old griet, whose life is transformed by her brief encounter with genius even as she herself is immortalized in canvas and oil girl with a pearl earring is a novel by tracy chevalier published in 1999.
Griet's eight-pointed star symbolises the different pathways that she believed she had in life however, throughout tracey chevalier's girl with the pearl earring which was set in 17th century delft, chevalier attempts to dispel this notion by manifesting the barriers in all aspects of her novel. I've read most of tracy chevalier's books but the only one that really struck me was girl with a pearl earring i loved it, the spare quality, the unique and clear-sighted point of view, the atmosphere, everything about it. Girl with a pearl earring is the story of 16-year-old griet, whose life is transformed by her brief encounter with genius, even as she herself is immortalized in canvas and oil an independent bestseller winner of the 2000 barnes & noble discover great new writers award. Girl with a pearl earring by tracy chevalier 233 pages dutton $2195 for a while it seems that it will be this kind of novel namely, the painter johannes vermeer hires griet, a serving girl.