by Tracy Chevalier
"In 1664, sixteen-year-old Griet enters the Vermeer as a servant. Daughter of a Delft tile maker, she has a natural eye for color and design. As she cleans the master's studio, Griet learns how Vermeer sees the people he paints. And as his attention focuses on her, she realizes that she, too, is becoming one of his subjects." (From the CD container.)
This book is the story behind Vermeer's painting of the same title:
Girl with a Pearl Earring is a lusciously written book, but for some reason, it just didn't do it for me. I never really felt connected to any of the characters nor was I taken in by the storyline. I nonchalantly observed the goings-on like a television show that I didn't care about but was interested just enough to not make an effort to look for the remote so I could change the channel. Though I thought about it right about the scene where the ear-piercing serves as a not-so-subtle stand in for Griet's true desire. Maybe the book was more feminine than I generally like my reading to be. Maybe I'm just cranky. (Yes. I'm still pining for spring to actually get here.)
I'm probably in the minority on this one, and I would not hesitate for a moment to recommend this book to someone else. I also would definitely read another work by Tracy Chevalier in the future. My disinterest in this particular novel was most likely a mood thing. Watch how many great reviews I write when it's 75 degrees and sunny. Perhaps we'll find a correlation?
If anyone who really loved this book wrote a review, please let me know and I'll link it here. It deserves a fair shake!
Dog Ear Diary
NOTICE: (Updated March 5, 2010)
Beginning December 19, 2009, Books 'N Border Collies will be posting but only intermittently while I pursue personal goals. I plan to share some reading I'm doing, but there will be no reviews. I will, however, be sharing my exploration of vegetarian cooking and the cookbooks and websites I use to educate myself. I hope you enjoy it!