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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Recorded Books; Unabridged edition (March 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0788743554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0788743559
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 12.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (668 customer reviews)


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By Jan on May 31 2012
Format: Paperback
I bought this book at a second-hand book sale, as I'd heard of the movie but never knew the author...and what a lovely surprise! Thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end, and would definately recommend it. I'm about to read The Virgin Blue (those reviews not the greatest, but I'm still curious as this one impressed me so much).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Brown on July 15 2005
Format: Audio CD
I just finished listening to the novel on CD read by Jenna Lamia. Avoid it. The reader tries to put on accents for every different character and fails horribly. Her accent for Vermeer is most ridiculous of all and it takes away from the novel terribly. The only well created accent is Griet's; that's not a compliment considering the many characters in this excellent novel. Read the book but avoid this particular CD version.
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By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 9 2007
Format: Paperback
This novel tells the story of a young Dutch girl during the 17th century. The 16 year old daughter of a tile painter becomes a maid in the household of Johannes Vermeer to help support her family. Each day she must tend to the laundry and keep up with the housework for a condescending mistress and uncivil maids. She finds enjoyment only when she cleans her master's studio where she witnesses the creative process of his work and where she is also drawn into his private world. Their growing intimacy spreads disruption and jealousy within the household.

This is an absorbing story, utterly convincing, you will get an image of what Vermeer may have been like. The novel is full of emotions making it a most engaging read, I loved it.
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Format: Paperback
i have never seen the film, so my mind was completely open to the literaries, this book was one of the most pleasant and smoothly worded books i have read for a long time.

the descriptives were beautiful, the period elegantly evoked, and the artistic brushstrokes flowed wonderfully, thoroughly enjoyed this, read in about three days whilst chillin in the glorious summer sunshine!
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By A Customer on July 9 2005
Format: Paperback
A very good read for a rainy day. The odd thing about this book that I found was that, after you read a book you are supposed to be able to analyze its characters and know them a bit. i discovered that I could not. There is almost no character development in this book and barely any plot. Yet, I found it an immensly enjoyable book that I recommend to anybody.
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By A Customer on July 28 2004
Format: Paperback
I don't usually tend to veer too far off the beaten path when it comes to books. Tending to stick with bestsellers like "Life of Pi" or "Bark of the Dogwood" my choices almost always keep me safe and warm. Well, not always safe, but you get the idea. So I was hesitant to take on "Girl" for fear of it being too "outisde." What I found instead was a riveting piece of work--art really--that melds historical fact with excellent fiction. Kudos to Tracy Chevalier for this remarkable achievement!
Also recommended: THE BARK OF THE DOGWOOD.
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By Robin on July 15 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is about the economics of art as a commodity in a historical society in which it was exactly that. The point is that every society sees the art produced in its own time as a commodity, and usually not a very valuable one at that. The 21st century is the same as the 17th in this regard. However, we do not know which of our commodities will be the art form of a future age.Neither did they.
Vermeer painted to live: whether he also lived to paint is the question. Exactly the question the book asks us to think about. His family depend upon him painting and upon patrons buying and commissioning his work. As a result, everyone is paying. And the symbol of all the payments is the pearl earring. Vermeer trades something to get it into the painting, where we think it should be, but then we are unaware of any paintings of the same girl without a pearl earring. His mother in law pays with treachery. His wife pays with suffering. And the girl pays with personal obscurity, and everlasting fame.
And only we benefit.
Makes you think, doesn't it?
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Format: Paperback
I inhaled this book when it reached my hands. I was not very familiar with Vermeer's paintings at the time, but I really enjoyed learning the stories behind the paintings, whether or not they actually happened. The author really did her homework on the painter as well as Dutch customs in the 1600's as far as I could verify it, although I am no expert. I watched the movie, however, and it fell short of my expectations. I know it's hard for a movie to be 100% true to the original story but it may just be that I am a perfectionist. If you saw the movie and liked it, then you'll definitely enjoy this book. Even if you didn't, it's still worth a shot.
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