- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Sept. 2 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1443428469
- ISBN-13: 978-1443428460
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.6 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 458 g
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Miniaturist Paperback – Deckle Edge, Sep 2 2014
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About the Author
Jessie Burton was born in London in 1982. She studied at Oxford University and the Central School of Speech and Drama. The Miniaturist is her first novel.
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The centreline was good, the theme of miniaturist plotting everything in Nella's life was interesting but there were many loose ends at the end.
1. What happened to the piles of sugar loaves?
2. How did they raise Thea ?
3. Who was miniaturist and how her dolls were able to change their lives ?
4. What happened to miniaturist and how she knew everything ?
5. What was wrong with Agnes in the end ?
6. How did they all manage to live after Johannes ?
7. How was mini house taken out of Nella's pocket ?
The writer didn't answer all these questions. I expected more mysteries to be resolved but there was none.
When she learns that her husband is not at home to greet her and his sister, Marin, a maid, and her husband's man servant are the only occupants of the enormous house, she begins to wonder what she has fallen into. Cornelia the maid is as unfriendly as her new sister-in-law. And Otto, is a man like Nella has never seen before in her life, with his dark brown skin and soft wool hair. None of them makes her feel welcome but ensconce her in her own sumptuous bedroom that does not include anything of her new husbands. Only then does she realizes she won't be sharing a marital bedroom with Johannes.
This book is well written and contains many secrets and mysteries that both the protagonist Nella and the reader strive to solve. One of the biggest mysteries involves the miniaturist whose tiny carvings begin to fill her dollhouse-like cabinet. The miniatures seem to have a life of their own and maybe trying to tell Nella something.
I stayed up late to read this book and woke up early to finish it. Don't let the historical date scare you off. This is as modern a story as anything that happens today.
As a wedding gift he presents her with a miniature version of their townhouse which she interprets as a mockery of her youth, inexperience and status in the household. Over time, unsolicited and yet perfect miniature objects begin to arrive that leads her to question her new life. Ultimately the book is a meditation on longing, unrequited desire and the complexity of appearances versus reality. Nothing is as it seems on the surface.
The book is also interesting for its attention to detail and history. I learned a lot from it. Looking forward to any subsequent books by this author.
This is a book that could have been so much more but ended up feeling like a historical soap opera.
There was no shred of regret. Beautifully written, how fluid and the tale is, how descriptive the author "Jessie Burton" is about Amsterdam 17th century and its people.
Will not talk here about the story or give any spoilers, it's only that I am here to highly recommend this book.
Sorry to have read the book. Now I have to get rid of the unpleasant images.
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interesting in its historical details.