Girl With a Pearl Earring (Paperback)Tracy Chevalier (author)
'A phenomenon' Jessie Burton
'Dazzling' Daily Mail
'Truly magical' Guardian
Those eyes are fixed on someone. But who? What is she thinking as she stares out from one of the world's best-loved paintings?
Johannes Vermeer can spot exceptional beauty. When servant girl Griet catches his eye, she soon becomes both student and muse. But then he gives her his wife's pearl earrings to wear for a portrait, and a scandal erupts that could threaten Griet's future...
Vivid and captivating, this timeless modern classic has become a successful film and an international bestseller, with over 5 million copies sold around the world; now with a new introduction by the author.
'A veritable work of art... one of those rare novels where all the decisions made by the author appear inevitable and right' Rose Tremain
'Timeless, delicate and as exquisitely measured as one of Vermeer's paintings. Tense yet perfectly-paced and filled with the beauty of life's colours, Girl with the Pearl Earring is a masterpiece in its own right. Just a phenomenon. I will hold this novel close for the rest of my life' Jessie Burton, author of The Minaturist
'If ever a novel rightly deserves its "five millions copies sold" achievement, it is this dazzling little masterpiece ... Absolute magic' Daily Mail
'A portrait of radiance...Tracy Chevalier brings the real artist Vermeer and a fictional muse to life in a jewel of a novel' Time
'Chevalier doesn't put a foot wrong in this triumphant work ... It is a beautifully written tale that mirrors the elegance of the painting that inspired it' Wall Street Journal
'A wonderful novel, mysterious, steeped in atmosphere, deeply revealing about the process of painting...truly magical' Guardian
'It is no wonder that this beautifully-written story has sold more than five million copies and been made into a successful film. An absolute triumph' Woman's Weekly
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm
'Chevalier's writing skill and her knowledge of seventeenth-century Delft are such that she creates a world reminiscent of a Vermeer interior: suspended in a particular moment, it transcends its time and place' New Yorker
'Chevalier's book is a delight' Simon Jenkins, Guardian
'This is a wonderful novel, mysterious, steeped in atmosphere. It is deeply revealing about the process of painting...a truly magical experience.' Guardian
'This is a novel which deserves, and I am sure will win, a prize - or two.' Times
'A portrait of radiance...Tracy Chevalier brings the real artist Vermeer and a fictional muse to life in a jewel of a novel.' Time
'It has a slow, magical current of its own that picks you up and carries you stealthily along...a beautiful story, lovingly told by a very talented writer.' Daily Mail
'Life in 17th century Delft is evoked with a sharp eye for historical detail and the descriptions of Vermeer at work are superbly drawn. A sensuous and vividly crafted work of fiction from a highly talented young novelist.' Mail on Sunday
'This sensually luminous novel brings Vermeer and his art to life through bold sumptuous prose.'
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“Girl With a Pearl Earring”
It was my own fault for not enjoying this...I read it too slow, looking for deeper meaning. I thought chapter one was so beautifully descriptive and quick to a get the feel of the characters and their situations (much... More
I brought The Girl With The Pearl Earing this year from waterstones for my mother for mothers day. My mother has just recently gave this book to me to read. The Girl With The Pearl Earing is about a young girl who has... More
“A gem of a book”
I bought this book a number of years ago and have re-read it often. I was originally drawn by the novel idea of basing a book on such a simple painting (this was before it was made into a film). It has atmosphere and... More
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