I have just finished listening to the unabridged audio version of Girl with a Pearl Earring. It is narrated by Ruth Ann Phimister. As I listened to the novel, I was very emotionally involved with Griet. I felt her happiness, her sadness, her reluctance, her longings. But one has to remember that a Protestant in her times, especially a young girl, was meant to be reserved and to hold back her deepest desires. I think that is why Tracy Chevalier wrote as she did. The tone also echos the fact that Vermeer is very poor at showing his own emotions.
I loved this book! In fact, it is hard for me right now to go on to another book. I want to stay in Griet's world--I don't want to leave her. I think that is what a good book is supposed to do for a reader. In additon, it made me curious about Vermeer's life. Oh, I knew his paintings, but I wanted more. What was the real Vermeer like? I have searched out his biography and marveled at how Chevalier intertwined fact with fiction.
Perhaps my feelings for this story are because I listened to the audio version of this book. Ms. Phimister is a master at narration and is truly able to place the reader into the character of Griet. In any event, this book will always remain one of my all time favorites!
This review refers to the unabridged audiocassette edition.