Girl with a Pearl Earring

Girl with a Pearl Earring

by Tracy Chevalier


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Girl with a Pearl Earring 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 486 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I actually watched the film first and I liked it, so I decided to give the book a chance and loved it! This is Holland in the 17th century where a young girl named Griet is forced to work at the house of Vermeer. She tells the story in first person. I felt her pain having to leave home at such a young age. Women did not have many options during that era, either give in to men or be cast out, which Griet battled with. So many times I thought her and Vermeer would make a love connection, and Chevalier definitely added that romantic stress to the plot. As for the painting, the pearl earring was Vermeer's wife's possession and she was quite the vindictive lady, which unfortunately, Griet had to deal with the wrath of her jealousy.
LostInMyBook More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was really good it was very easy to read and the story had a great plot. I thought this book was a lot better than the movie. I would recommend this book to anybody who wants to read a great book.
Fiction_Fanatic More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book, simply written, easy to read yet allows the reader to imagine each scene and event. Great plot that explores who could be the subject of Vermeer's painting. This book looks into what a young girl might think and feel back then and easily relates to readers of the present day.
Awesomeness1 More than 1 year ago
Excellent novel. It used great imagery and an interesting plot. But I still thought it was missing. There was something preventing it from being extraordinary. Maybe it was the last page, which dissatisfied me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i chose this book along with another book for my summer reading. at first i was hesitant bc i had gotten mixed reviews about this book and remembered the movie to a little on the solemn and boring side. i started to read this book though giving it a chance and i am so happy i did. i absolutely loved this book. it is now one of my favorites and i enjoyed it thorughly. it was the perfect blend of history, drama, romance, and intrigue that makes a book fascinating from start to end. even thought it was summer,school related reading i really loved this book and reccommend it to anyone who likes hidden stories behind art and a great read. it took me into another world and into a world i had never read anything about. overall i thought this novel was amazing and the description and narration caught my attention from start to finish.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was assigned this book for english class, but after reading it I was very surprised. It was a great book that I never put down. Griet, the main character, is forced to work as a maid for the painter Vermeer. This book tells the story of a young girl faced with choices and struggles as she enters adulthood. There is drama, romance, and an acurate description of what life was probably like for a poor girl living in Holland in the 1600s. Its great for anyone who has ever looked at a painting and wondered what kind of story was hidden behind it.
a_vanwinkle More than 1 year ago
The novel begins in the 1600's in the Dutch city of Delft. Here lives a 16 year-old girl, Griet who leaves her family to work for the famous artist, Vermeer. She is sent out to work because of the lose of her father's eye sight. When Vermeer seeks out Griet, he sees the artistic talent she has by the way she separates her vegetables. As she begins to live with the family Griet is inspired by her creating a painting of her. In this novel the peal earring is significant in the book. However, you will have to read more to find out!! I would choose this book if you love love stories and art history. I chose this book according for my love of art history. I highly recommend this book and I hope you enjoy it as well!!!
kai_surf More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written with complex characters and the lovely backdrop of 1600s Holland. Intense, sensual, and saddening at the same time. A MUST READ! :)
gwoodKH08 More than 1 year ago
The book has such amazing imagery along with a great true story. It is not your typical love story, and this book brings something new to the table that I have not seen in a while.This is one of my favorite books I have read this year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so amazing, it changed me. It changed the way I saw life, and the way I acted towards men. In a good way. I love this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Are you looking for the perfect novel that is has just the right amount of romance, fact, and fiction, to keep you sucked in from beginning to end? well then look no further, this is the book for you. I was hooked from page one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is on the top of my 'read again when im 21' books. This book was simply written, easy to understand, and had a clear plot, with some romance and scandalosity among those things. I recommend this book to anyone who likes romance, action, and historical fiction
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written tale that merges fact and fiction. Who was the girl who posed for this famous painting and what her life like? This book tells a story of who she may have been. Very descriptive and easy to read. The author's descriptions propel you into the Dutch world of the 17th century. A compelling tale. Well edited. Would definitely recommend this author to lovers of historical fiction.
TronChild More than 1 year ago
An enchanting novel.
Shana Treadway More than 1 year ago
You mean i can only give this a 5 star rating! I read this after i saw the movie and i was so happy to find they did very close to the book. This is a must read. You will not be disappointed. Beautifully written.
JConMartin More than 1 year ago
Congrats to Tracy Chevalier for this vivid characterization of an artist, his motley family, and his reticent model. Highly Recommended. James Conroyd Martin Author of Push Not the River & Against a Crimson Sky
Lizbiz5396 More than 1 year ago
Tastefully done. A read that is difficult to put down. A classical masterpiece.
Joanne Baird More than 1 year ago
I like the historical setting of this book. Good read.
Ellen Bruton More than 1 year ago
A very well written book; felt very believable! Had a very romantic feel and was hard to put down!
Vicky Lee More than 1 year ago
one of the greatest books by far, top ten on my list of must read books! it took me a little bit to get into it, but once i got into it i couldnt put it down! i found myself under the covers reading with my flashlight like a little kid again!
samline16 More than 1 year ago
This book was very good, I read it in english class and I really enjoyed it. If you are a fan of historical fiction and you are looking for a book I reccomend this one it is very good and I am defiantly a huge fan
Izzie_reads_books More than 1 year ago
It was a good book and I enjoyed it very much. The movie went with the book very much too. It only left out some of the ending and a few other stuff.
Aimee_Leon More than 1 year ago
Girl with a Pearl Earring was a stunning merge of history & fiction. Tracy Chevalier has done marvalous writing with her creative imagination. To think the Johannes Vermeer painting inspired Chevalier for the main character of the story Griet just by looking at that famous painting of that girl. It is a beautiful portrait that has been admired through out the world. The plot centers a young girl named Griet who was forced to work as a maid for the Vermeer family. The setting is in Holland at the 1600s. When Griet begins to work at that house, she encounters Master Johannes Vermeer. Griet & Vermeer form a unique and artistic friendship. Often people may confuse it as a love affair. Griet doesn't only find a new relationship, she also gets finds her own share of choices and struggles obstecles as she enters to adulthood. All of beautifully expessed into this amazing novel. Chevalier writing takes you to another time. Anyone is a true history buff would enjoy it.
GabrielRE More than 1 year ago
a breathtaking story of awakening of the senses...this is the typical book that once you start reading is hard to put simply want more and more and more and you keep reading on until there is no more to is a book that transfers you in actually land in 17th century Johannes Vermeer's city of Delft as soon as the first chapter begins and from there on you are magically drawn into the story line until you are no more and until You become the Girl with the Pearl Earring, feeling the same emotions going thru your spine, hearing the same sounds she does when she goes to the market, feeling the same smells, even experiencing the same feelings of sensuality and sexuality as the men in her life are magically drawn towards her powerful flame...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found myself imagining the characters doing exactly what was so well described in the story. I had to keep reminding myself that most of the characters being described were fictitious and wishing they weren't.