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Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
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Jul 26, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction
Read in July, 2010

A really enjoyable story. I love Chevalier's turns of phrase, such as towards the beginning, describing Vermeer and his wife as having voices full of (and I'm paraphrasing here; I've returned the book) tapestries and silks. In the story, Griet is sent to the home of Johnannes Vermeer, the Dutch painter, to work as his assistant and as a maid for the house. Trouble comes at Griet from all sides -- especially from Catharina, his high-strung and temperamental wife, from a lecherous patron. Griet has to learn how to juggle her duties to the Vermeers, to her own family and to herself. Throughout, Griet is very mature and modest, who generally knows when to hold her peace and when to stand her ground. An enjoyable read; I finished it in one day.

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