Thursday, June 25, 2009

Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

From the back of the book: History and fiction merge seamlessly in Tracy Chevalier's luminous novel about artistic vision and sensual awakening. Through the eyes of sixteen-year-old Griet, the world of 1660s Holland comes dazzlingly alive in this richly imagined portrait of the young woman who inspired one of Vermeer's most celebrated paintings.

This book is a perfect example of why I love historical fiction. When I finished, I actually caught myself thinking that this story was the true story behind the painting! The writing was absolutely fabulous, and I was really drawn into Griet’s story. All of the character’s in this book were complex, and I don’t think I ever completely figured any of them out; especially the painter. I would summarize the book like this: This was the story of one girls’ life in Holland that turned out more dramatically than she ever expected.

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