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Se sabe que algunas obras de Jan Vermeer, el famoso pintor holandes del siglo XVII, se extraviaron para siempre en los meandros de la historia. Escogiendo uno de estos cuadros perdidos como pieza central de la narracion, la autora traza un itinerario desde el presente hasta el momento en que Vermeer concibio el oleo, que se convierte asi en testigo directo de las historias ...more
Paperback, 215 pages
Published July 28th 2002 by Salamandra (first published 1999)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Feb 09, 2015 Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-dutch
”She thought of all the people in all the paintings she had seen that day, not just Father’s, in all the paintings of the world, in fact. Their eyes, the particular turn of a head, their loneliness or suffering or grief was borrowed by an artist to be seen by other people throughout the years who would never see them face to face. People who would be that close to her, she thought, a matter of a few arms’ lengths, looking, looking, and they would never know her.”

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Lisa
Aug 05, 2007 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Girl in Hyacinth Blue tells the story of a painting by the Dutch painter Vermeer, as it passes from one owner to another. Interestingly, the story is told in reverse chronological order, beginning with the math teacher who, at present time, hides the painting in his home, to the girl in the painting and her wishes to become an artist herself. I thought the book kept getting better and better as it travels back in history to reveal the effects the painting had on each owner. They all find some co ...more
Hayes
Jun 24, 2012 Hayes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Brazilliant Laura is next
I liked this gentle story very much. We follow an imaginary painting back in time. We first see it hanging on the wall in a Math teacher’s house. The teacher is enigmatic and strange, and his story reveals the shady nature of the "acquisition" of this painting by his father in Amsterdam. And we don’t know: is it, or is it not by the Master Jan Vermeer?

We are taken slowly back in time, until we arrive at the moment that the painting was created, first in the mind of the artist and then on canvas
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Carol
Aug 17, 2012 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vermeer
Great read! Vreeland writes several short stories of a lost Vermeer painting and the people whose lives it touched. The stories are told from the present to long ago, back in time. This lost painting is a portrait of a young woman looking out a window, lost in thought, brilliantly clothed in hyacinth blues. The stories contain exquisite visual descriptions of his artwork and the everyday lives of ordinary women. I loved how Vreeland described color and how his paintings contained the "dust of cr ...more
Laura
Jul 26, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chrissie, Jeannette is next
Just arrived from Italy, kindly sent by Hayes, through BM.


This book is a collection of 8 short stories describing the story of Vermeer, the famous 17th century Dutch painter. A splendid and delightful book.

1. Love enough
2. Night different from all other nights
3. Adagia
4. Hyacinth blues

Girl in Hyacinth Blue


5. Morningshine --
6. From the personal papers of Adriaan Kuypers --
7. Still life --

The Little Street


The View of Delft


Girl Reading a Letter by an open window


The Milkmaid


Christ in the House of
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Rachael
Jan 09, 2008 Rachael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I've owned it for seven or eight years now, and I reread it every six months or so. It's a beautifully written series of brief chapter-sized vignettes recounting the history of a Vermeer painting, as told (in reverse chronological order) by all the people who have possessed the painting. The final stor(ies) are told by the painting's model, Vermeer's daughter. Each chapter also deals with the decision of each character to give up the painting for various reasons.

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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
I like the way this author writes. This is one of those books where an object is the main character, rather than a person. In this case, the object is a (fictional) Vermeer painting of a girl sitting and looking out the window with her sewing in her lap.
There are eight interconnected stories that follow the painting back through history to its various owners and how they came to own or sell the painting. Eventually it works back to Vermeer's creation of the painting.
My only complaint is that I
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Adriane Devries
The book we read last month for book club was The Girl in Hyacinth Blue, by Susan Vreeland. It was a well-written, thought provoking and inspiring book, but to tell you the truth, I probably would not have finished it if it weren’t for the fact that I was in a book club that keeps me accountable. It’s the perfect example of why I’m in this book club in the first place: to keep me reading things that challenge me a bit, rather than always the easy, thrilling Dan Brown or JK Rowling types.

I liked
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Sun
Jul 15, 2009 Sun rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookaweek2009
This is one of the better novels inspired by the paintings of Vermeer. I say that because I've recently read 4 of them:

Tracey Chevalier's Girl with a Pearl Earring was undoubtedly the best of them, with a solid plotline, populated by recognisable characters and was sophisticated enough to involve thematic imagery.

This is followed by Susan Vreeland's Girl in Hyacinth Blue. The writing is good in this but the book is not so much a novel but a series of short stories that are linked by one Vermeer
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Book Concierge
A previously "undiscovered" Vermeer is revealed and the author traces its ownership back in time to its origination. Each owner (or custodian) has a slightly different reason for wanting to keep the painting, and different reasons for letting it go. Each time it changes hands, the owner is pained to part with it. And still, for everyone it represents longing and wishes unfulfilled.

Sheri
Feb 13, 2016 Sheri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was not impressed. This is simply a collection of short stories that are all sort of connected by this painting. Occasionally the stories are linked (the last guy is guilty over his Nazi father's theft of the painting from a Jewish family and the 2nd owner gets it along with a baby whose origins are explained in the next story), but more often than not the current story protagonist simply got the painting at an auction. The idea is cute (how things travel down through time without their histor ...more
Sara
Apr 10, 2015 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: undecided
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Debbie
Nov 03, 2013 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really not one for collections of short stories. I'm admittedly voracious in all things and that does not exclude my reading choices. I always feel short stories leave me still hungry for more. I'm frequently fond of saying, "I don't want a taste. That's just a tease. I want the whole thing." However, very rarely a book of short stories comes along which I find appropriate and satisfying. This is the case with Girl In Hyacinth Blue.

I've not read any of Susan Vreeland's books previously but h
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Susan Vreeland
Oct 14, 2013 Susan Vreeland added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This entry will be out of the ordinary. I wrote GIRL IN HYACINTH BLUE,and somehow it appeared in the wrong place on Goodreads. I can't seem to remove it, so I might as well supply a review.

NEW YORK TIMES
December 19, 1999
Picture This: A novel of a haunting painting and its effect on a succession of owners over three centuries.
Girl in Hyacinth Blue, by Susan Vreeland
by Katy Emck
Susan Vreeland's second novel, "Girl in Hyacinth Blue," may be a book about a painting, but it is never content with sur
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
Jul 25, 2013 Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jenny (Reading Envy) by: Suzanne
I recently read Girl with a Pearl Earring because I'm going to go see it at the High Museum in Atlanta, and another GoodReads friend turned me on to this book. Most of the chapters of this book were previously published individually, all telling bits of a story of another Vermeer painting. I loved how there was so much mystery to the painting, so many stories surrounding it, even if they were fiction, still an enjoyable read. Her descriptions of the landscape are also very vivid.

Little bits I ma
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Lyubov
Jan 17, 2016 Lyubov rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Приятно четиво, с фокус върху измислена картина на Вермеер, която е център на 8 отделни разказа. Всеки се развива в различно време и на различно място.

Чете се бързо и леко, но натрапчивото изписване на името на художника с едно "е", тотално ме издразни и ми развали част от удоволствието от книгата.
Elizabeth
May 11, 2009 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I've forgotten about this book which is surprising, because just remembering the name makes me want to go and read it again. Susan Vreeland tells a story about the possibility of there being a 36th Vermeer painting, but the best part about this book is the order it's written in. She starts in the present day and goes in reverse chronological order. Also, since the main character changes in each chapter so does her point of view. Most is written in third person but she throws in a few chapte ...more
Elena T.
Una delle più continuative vittorie ai Theodore Geisel Awards, l'appassionata e meticolosa Susan Vreeland con "La ragazza in blu" (Girl in hyacinth blue) consegna l'ennesimo, sontuoso, inno all'arte nel piatto avido dei suoi lettori.

Un romanzo a matrioska, una storia nella storia, per collegarsi alle vicende inerenti il possedimento dell'omonimo dipinto del 1600 del pittore olandese Vermeer; uno sguardo a ritroso nel tempo dei proprietari che si sono susseguiti. Eccoci nel presente, un riservato
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Kate Forsyth
Mar 18, 2016 Kate Forsyth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my all-time favourite books by one of my all-time favourite authors, GIRL IN HYACINTH BLUE tells the story of a painting in a series of interlinked vignettes moving backwards in time.

The first is set in contemporary times, telling the story of a middle-aged man who has in his possession an extraordinary painting of a young girl which he believes is a lost Vermeer. He cannot prove it, however, for the painting has no provenance. And he cannot show it to any specialists, because the painti
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Tatiana
Oct 04, 2014 Tatiana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This historical fiction novel traces the ownership of a fictitious Vermeer painting, which lends the title to the book. Each chapter takes the reader further back in time, showing the relationship the painting has had with its previous owners. The author had previously written certain chapters are short stories, then filling in the rest of the chapters to create the overall arc of the novel.

I read this book on the recommendation of a family member as I love art history. Typically, I don't read
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Melissa Etheridge
May 26, 2012 Melissa Etheridge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A painting of a young woman wearing a light blue gown gazing out of a window is the main character in this lovely novel. Girl in Hyacinth Blue is a historical fiction novel that begins in the present then weaves its way back in time.

The story begins with the current owner of the painting wishing to rid himself of it because of the way that his father obtained the painting. He believes that he can rid himself of the guilt that he associates with the painting by burning it. From there the reader
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Kim
Jun 18, 2007 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story! It begins when a young man shows up with a painting that he thinks might be valuable and he wants to have it authenicated (I can't remember how he finds it now. . ),but it turns out to be a Vermeer! The rest of the book is about this painting, and who all owned it over the years until you get all the way back to Vermeer himself painting his little daughter. I read this in my book group and compared it with Girl With a Pearl Earring, which was also about Vermeer. Though both b ...more
JG (The Introverted Reader)
Girl in Hyacinth Blue follows the path of a painting, possibly by Vermeer, from an aloof math professor backwards to the painter and the subject. Each owner has a different story to tell, and even a little bit of a different relationship to the painting, but they all love it and find echoes of something they feel inside themselves inside the painting. And isn't that sort of the point of truly great art?

The novel itself has the feel of a short story collection. Each chapter is about a different o
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Winna
May 18, 2008 Winna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Clif Hostetler
Nov 10, 2015 Clif Hostetler rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
I listened to the audio of this book before my Goodreads.com days, therefore I don't have my own review. However, here is a review from today's PageADay Book Lover's Calendar that reminded me of the book:

In this riveting novel, Susan Vreeland imagines a long-lost Vermeer masterpiece. She follows the painting back in time, through its various owners, finally ending in Delft, where she identifies the subject of the painting and allows the girl in question to tell her own moving story. Full of orig
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Marina Shemesh
Dec 12, 2014 Marina Shemesh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the novel "Girl in Hyacinth Blue" the author Susan Vreeland traces the origins of an imaginary Vermeer painting. We first meet the present owner, the son of a Nazi soldier and then follow the history of the painting backwards. The book concludes with the life story of Vermeer's daughter, the original girl in hyacinth blue.

One can easily conclude that the novel is a collection of short stories. The single thread that keeps them together, is the presence of the Vermeer painting. All the stories
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Shirley
Jan 24, 2016 Shirley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story begins in present day America and ends in the 17th-century Netherlands, unwinding backward as each chapter describes the impact the painting had on those whom have encountered it or owned it. The novel is filled with luminous moments like the landscape and painting it describes so well, and beauty observed in the most ordinary things that has a way of lingering in the reader's mind. I found it interesting to learn in an interview with Vreeland that she was writing this book following ...more
Lisa
Beautifully written. Fantastic story. I am grateful for books like these, books whose prose earn them a coveted spot on shelves with limited shelf space. It's been sitting there, staring at me, for years. Each time I see it I am reminded of the stories contained inside, stories that are separate and yet connected. You learn so much more about the characters that way.

If you haven't read it, do pick it up. It is worth the time. And if you have the desire to do so, read it in the original paper. T
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Nancy (NE)
Feb 01, 2013 Nancy (NE) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: period-pieces
I am not sure where to rate this. It would probably be closer to a 3 star. However, I whipped through it in a couple days, unusual for me. I very much enjoyed the atmospheric nature of the writing. Vreeland does a lovely job intertwining history and location into her narratives without overwhelming the reader. Each chapter is a backwards chronology of the various owners of a painting. Each layer gives a very different part of class and culture. The characterizations and voices are quite varied, ...more
Chris
First off, this is not a book to read if you're depressed and looking for something to entertain you. Each story is uniquely sad. Which is not to say the book isn't well written. It is. Vreeland begins with the possibility of previously unknown Vermeer in the possession of an unassuming math teacher at a boys prep school in the United States. From there she moves back through time in a series of short stories, each one revealing a little about the painting and the different people who owned it. ...more
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