Girl with a Pearl Earring

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In 1664, sixteen-year-old Griet enters the Vermeer household as a servant. Daughter of a Delft tile maker, she has a natural ye for color and design. Daily, she cleans the studio, learning much about how Vermeer sees the people he paints. As his attention focuses on her, she soon becomes one of his subjects. Tracy Chevalier fills this unusual love story with the color, sounds, and textures of everyday life in Holland. Narrator Ruth Ann Phimister perfectly voices Griet 's growing awareness of the intrigues surrounding her and the need to define the value of her life.
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8
Original Title of the Book
Girl with a Pearl Earring
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Published July 1st 2004 by Recorded Books (first published January 2000

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It is, quite literally, referring to the exhaustiv descriptions of how paint was made in the months before those fancy metal tubes replaced pig bladders as the paint-storing vessels of choice.This was the most depressing book I 've read in a while, and that includes the two graphic-novel series that are simply retelling stories I know well in new medium.

I nderstand that the first-person voice is a limited perspective by its nature, and I ould rite it off as just that if the peripheral characters were the only flat archetypes, but apparently the narrator does n't carry any convincing weight.

Among them: Griet saying things like " I always sai that decision " to sugges that she 's ooking back on time that is very clearly written as the present; not one character shows any development throughout he ovel; sixteen-year-old Griet, the grandfathe of a tile painter, somehow knows more about painting and composition than Vermeer, a professional rtist who actually managed to garner some fame during his living years.

Thus when thi book pissed me off ( which was often), I must admit that I alway found Griet herself to be annoyin ( maybe because I kept fantasizing about Scarlett Johansson to save my brain from oozing through my ears?) -- but I was irked at how it elt like Chevalier was Mary Sue-ing her way through the character.

-- Griet does not ever refer to Vermeer as anything other than " he " or " him ".

I stil now that I have a limited tolerance for the number of trite comparisons of faces and voices to household objects that I encounter in one boo, all thanks to the time I spent reading this memoi.

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Set in 7th century Delft, Holland, the book was inspired by Delft school painter Johannes Vermeer 's painting Girl with th Pearl Earring.

Her daughte has been recently blinded in an accident, and a family 's precarious economic situation forces Griet 's parents to kee her employment as a aid in painter Johannes Vermeer 's household.

... تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه نوامبر سال 2001 میلادیعنوان: دختری با گوشواره مروارید؛ نویسنده: تریسی شوالیه؛ مترجم: گلی امامی؛ تهران، نشر چشمه، 1380 در 237 ص؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان آمریکایی بریتانیایی- سده 20 معنوان: دختری با گوشواره مروارید؛ نویسنده: تریسی شوالیه؛ مترجم: طاهره صدیقیان؛ تهران، کتابسرای تندیس، 1381، در 269 ص، شابک 9789645757401؛نقاشی روی جلد کتاب را، « یوهانس ورمیر » ، در سده ی هفدهم میلادی کشیده است، حدس‌ها برای شناسایی نام این مدل نقاشی، بسیار گسترده بوده؛ و همه ی آنها، به علت عدم وجود مشخصه‌ ای ویژه، در: صورت، لباس، یا حتی محیط، در حد حدس و گمان، باقیمانده‌ است.

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“ I heard voices outside our front door- a ma 's, bright as polished brass, and woma 's, low and dark like the wood of the table I was working on.

Catharina, Vermeer ’ s widow, liked being pregnant and though the added burden of new mouth to feed each year places extra financial stress on her daughte and her mother Maria Thins she is oblivious to the consequences.

There is one patron, a woma who has bought several Vermeer paintings, who they all have to curry favou with ... Van Ruijven.

It is nly natural that a young irl would start to have feelings and dreams regarding a man such as Vermeer.

” I did indeed like to think of him in thi way, with his stepfather and children.

It give me so nervous that I say to reach into the drawin and move it to somewhere safer.Van Ruijven, like odious men always seem to hav, is adept at finding young women alone.

butcher is miles away from dream landscape of being the granddaughte of a master painter.

Tracy Chevalier has deftly conceived the possibility of The Girl with Pearl Earring being a aid in the Vermeer household.

Give a base runner at first and now the situation feels like Griet trying to maneuver her way through world of lust, deviousness, and treachery.

Scarlett Johansson played Griet in the 2003 movie of The Girl With Pearl Earring.The painting that Vermeer paints of Griet is a compromise to Van Ruijven who wanted much, much ore.

It gives Griet a shiver to think of her captured innocence resting under the lecherous eyes of Van Ruijven, but better a painting than losing that which she wants to ive her future husband.

I purchased a canvas copy of The Girl With Pearl Earring last year.

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Another family who were already struggling, treading water, now find themselves slowly slipping beneath the surface.Her father explains to Griet that she is to hav a maid for the famous painter Vermeer.

Griet has been turne up a protestant but the Vermeer ’ s are catholic and Griet wonders how life will change and what differences she will ind in a Catholic household.The first time she meet painting that Vermeer is currently working on, she is struck with awe.

On the Sunday that she has free and returns to spend with her family she describes the painting for her father.These Sunday visits are soon taken from Griet as the area in which her family live is quarantined with word spreading that the plague has surfaced in the vicinity.She finds out from Pieter, the stepson of he butcher where she purchases the meat, that her childre are well but that her sister Agnes has taken ill.

Moreover, she is doing this out of family duty and harbours no feelings for Pieter other than friendship.One day Pieter tells Griet that Vermeer had a child with one of the maids in his ainting.

One nigh the baker ’ s aughter is ill and Vermeer asks Griet to stand in for her in a painting he is working on.

Griet becomes used to new way of life and it is not until Maertge, the younges grandchild, ells her that she is lookin to be moved from the attic, where she mixes the paints, back to the kitche, that she knows what she should be missing. “ I slowed my pace.

He is Vermeer ’ s patron van Ruijven and he has his eyes set on Griet.Although Vermeer is a famous artist, the household is in debt.

She sways back and forth like a ship in a torm, one minute reminded of her humble life while working on the household tasks, then a completely different world, mixing colours and helping Vermeer with his painting.

Griet ’ s place in the Vermeer household is never secure, she eems to hav always teetering of the verge of being thrown out with Vermeer himself the only tether keeping her safe.How is Griet going to et herself out of his ituation, and is she more than just the naïve country maid that everybody thinks she is? This was a reread for me and it has lost nothing in the ears since I read it.

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Griet parents hired her out as a housekeepe to the Vermeer family.

Griet is concerned because her family is Protestant and while the Vermeer ’ s are Catholic.

Catharina, Vermeer ’ s husband was concerned about Griet ’ s physical ability to perform the job while Vermeer noted how she had laid out the vegetable she was cutting up for a stew separating them by color, in a circular pattern.The Vermeers have five ( 5) children with one on the ay.

He is married but has a reputation for chasing young maids.Griet later took on more responsibility which included purchasing food for the family.

She opined that the Vermeer family use Pieter for their butcher.

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