Saturday, June 16, 2018

Classic Books Worth Reading - Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier



 Book Title: Girl With A Pearl Earring 
Author: Tracy Chevalier
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Harper Collins (1999)


Synopsis:

This enchanting tale is set in Delft in Holland in the mid-seventeenth century and magically intertwines the world of art and beauty with forbidden love. The novel depicts the coming of age story of a young naeive local girl called Griet as she becomes a maid in the household of artist Johannes Vermeer and her life changes forever. The female protaganist has an innate appreciation for art and this leads to a mysterious bond developing between her and her master, creating a world filled with tension and drama. As their connection unfolds we receive an intriguing and spellbinding insight into the creation of one of the most revered and mysterious paintings of all time.


Reasons to Read Girl With A Pearl Earring

This novel is based on the oil painting "Girl With A Pearl Earring" by Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer and is the most well recognised of his 36 works. The painting is now on permanent display in the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague. Albeit historical fiction, this story offers an intimate look into art history and the artistic process and is a must read novel for lovers of art, history and culture.

Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier is an international bestseller with over two million copies sold worldwide. The masterpiece novel was adapted to film in 2004 where Scarlett Johansson played the role of Griet and Colin Firth acted as mysterious artist Vermeer. The film has won numerous awards and was nominated for three Oscars.

Reading Girl With A Pearl Earring is truly an unforgettable experience that will enrapture your senses and stay with you for a long time afterwards. The writing of Chevalier creates beautiful imagery and is almost poetic in its evocative language and ensures that this is a novel you will return to reread on more than one occasion in your lifetime. 

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