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Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
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Sep 25, 2008

it was amazing

Fantastic novel which mixes historical fact with fiction! I just love the way the author uses a painting we all know to create an intricate mostly fictional story - kind of revealing the girl 'behind the earring' so to speak. I love the way the majority of the book was all in the girl's head - the reader really got to know her, got to see her perspective on everything from home life to work life. I really sympathized with her. Women during that time of history had it so hard - and a lot of those hardships were spelled out in this book. The book also has a sensual undertone to it - the author was able to convey dripping sensuality even though the characters barely touch each other - the way it was written said more than most sex scenes in romance novels! I fear every time I look at a famous painting I will now try to come up with a ridiculously romantic story behind it!!!! At the end of the book, I just kind of sat back and thought hard about how far women have come - and I decided how happy I was to be born in the here and now!

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