The Good, the Bad, and the Hungry Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | July 22, 2014

Nick Harkaway: IMG The Florist-Assassins



The three men lit up in my mind's eye, with footnotes. They were converging on me — and on the object I was carrying — in a way that had... Continue »
  1. $18.87 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    Tigerman

    Nick Harkaway 9780385352413

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$5.50
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Beaverton Literature- A to Z

Girl with a Pearl Earring

by

Girl with a Pearl Earring Cover

ISBN13: 9780452284937
ISBN10: 0452284937
Condition: Standard
All Product Details

Only 1 left in stock at $5.50!

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

The runaway New York Times bestseller with over one million copies sold — now a major motion picture starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth.

In seventeenth-century Delft, there's a strict social order — rich and poor, Catholic and Protestant, master and servant — and all know their place. When Griet becomes a maid in the household of the painter Johannes Vermeer, she thinks she knows her role: housework, laundry, and the care of his six children. She even feels able to handle his shrewd mother-in-law; his restless, sensual wife; and their jealous servant. What no one expects is that Griet's quiet manner, quick perceptions, and fascination with her master's paintings will draw her inexorably into his world. Their growing intimacy sparks whispers; and when Vermeer paints her wearing his wife's pearl earrings, the gossip escalates into a full-blown scandal that irrevocably changes Griet's life.

Written with the precision and focus of an Old Master painting, Girl With a Pearl Earring is a vivid portrait of colorful seventeenth-century Delft, as well as the hauntingly poignant story of one young girl's rite of passage.

Review:

"A jewel of a novel." Time

Review:

"Chevalier's exploration into the soul of this complex but naïve young woman is moving, and her depiction of 17th-century Delft is marvelously evocative." New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Outstanding." USA Today

Review:

"A vibrant, sumptuous novel...triumphant...a beautifully written tale that mirrors the elegance of the painting that inspired it." The Wall Street Journal

Review:

"Tracy Chevalier has so vividly imagined the life of the painter and his subject that you say to yourself: This is the way it must have been." The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Review:

"The richest, most rewarding novel I have read this year." The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Review:

"[A]bsorbing...Chevalier's writing skills 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." The New Yorker

Review:

"With wonderfilly effective restraint, Chevalier captures the glances and brief comments that gradually lead Griet into her master's studio, his painting, and finally his heart." Ron Charles, The Christian Science Monitor

Review:

"[A] completely absorbing story with enough historical authenticity and artistic intuition to mark Chevalier as a talented newcomer to the literary scene." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"The elegant prose evokes contemplation, the pace is slow and cumulative, the drama emotional rather than visceral. Looking at the painting after having read the novel, the reader thinks, Yes, Chevalier got it right..." San Francisco Chronicle

Synopsis:

In seventeenth-century Delft, there's a strict social orderrich and poor, Catholic and Protestant, master and servantand all know their place. When Griet becomes a maid in the household of the painter Johannes Vermeer, she thinks she knows her role: housework, laundry, and the care of his six children. She even feels able to handle his shrewd mother-in-law; his restless, sensual wife; and their jealous servant. What no one expects is that Griet's quiet manner, quick perceptions, and fascination with her master's paintings will draw her inexorably into his world. Their growing intimacy sparks whispers; and when Vermeer paints her wearing his wife's pearl earrings, the gossip escalates into a full-blown scandal that irrevocably changes Griet's life.

Written with the precision and focus of an Old Master painting, Girl With a Pearl Earring is a vivid portrait of colorful seventeenth-century Delft, as well as the hauntingly poignant story of one young girl's rite of passage.

Synopsis:

The runaway New York Times bestseller with over one million copies sold

Now a major motion picture from Lions Gate Films opening November 2003

History and fiction merge seamlessly in Tracy Chevalier's luminous novel about artistic vision and sensual awakening. Through the eyes of sixteen-year-old Griet, the world of 1660s Holland comes dazzlingly alive in this richly imagined portrait of the young woman who inspired one of Vermeer's most celebrated paintings.

About the Author

Tracy Chevalier was born and raised in Washington, D.C. She earned her BA at Oberlin College in Ohio and holds a graduate degree in creative writing from the University of East Anglia. She lives in London, England.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 5 comments:

gdreyer3586, November 16, 2009 (view all comments by gdreyer3586)
In my English class, we were given 5 possible books to read. I signed up for girl with a pearl earring and was not disappointed. The vivid imagery and descriptive plot made me want more. I literally couldnt put it down one night and read the whole thing. My whole group loved the book, and my other friends in that class all wish they had signed up for this one. You won't be disappointed!
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(4 of 4 readers found this comment helpful)
narii, September 24, 2009 (view all comments by narii)
In my opinion, the book is dry and rather boring, the characters annoy me and the dialogues are lifeless.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(6 of 8 readers found this comment helpful)
bakurabi, September 24, 2009 (view all comments by bakurabi)
This book is honestly one of, if not the, worst book I've ever been forced to read for school, and I've read some pretty bad books. The plot, if you could even call it that, was so monotonous, that I often realized that I'd read the same line five times already without noticing. Also, the dialogue is so bland, the book would be better without it. If given the choice, I would have put this book down after the first page or two because there is nothing that would make you want to keep reading.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(8 of 14 readers found this comment helpful)
View all 5 comments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780452284937
Subtitle:
A Novel (movie tie-in)
Author:
Chevalier, Tracy
Publisher:
Plume
Location:
New York, N.Y., U.S.A.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Netherlands
Subject:
Women domestics
Subject:
Artists' models
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Movie Tie-in ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
no. FDA03-1328C
Publication Date:
October 2003
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.80x5.06x.64 in. .50 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

Other books you might like

  1. Girl in Hyacinth Blue
    Used Book Club Paperback $0.95
  2. The Virgin Blue
    Used Trade Paper $1.50
  3. The Secret Life of Bees
    Used Trade Paper $2.95
  4. One Thousand White Women: The...
    Used Trade Paper $2.50
  5. House of Sand and Fog
    Used Trade Paper $2.95
  6. Daughter of Fortune (Oprah's Book Club) Used Trade Paper $1.50

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Film and Television » Novelization
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
History and Social Science » American Studies » Popular Culture

Girl with a Pearl Earring Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$5.50 In Stock
Product details 240 pages Plume Books - English 9780452284937 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A jewel of a novel."
"Review" by , "Chevalier's exploration into the soul of this complex but naïve young woman is moving, and her depiction of 17th-century Delft is marvelously evocative."
"Review" by , "Outstanding."
"Review" by , "A vibrant, sumptuous novel...triumphant...a beautifully written tale that mirrors the elegance of the painting that inspired it."
"Review" by , "Tracy Chevalier has so vividly imagined the life of the painter and his subject that you say to yourself: This is the way it must have been."
"Review" by , "The richest, most rewarding novel I have read this year."
"Review" by , "[A]bsorbing...Chevalier's writing skills 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."
"Review" by , "With wonderfilly effective restraint, Chevalier captures the glances and brief comments that gradually lead Griet into her master's studio, his painting, and finally his heart."
"Review" by , "[A] completely absorbing story with enough historical authenticity and artistic intuition to mark Chevalier as a talented newcomer to the literary scene."
"Review" by , "The elegant prose evokes contemplation, the pace is slow and cumulative, the drama emotional rather than visceral. Looking at the painting after having read the novel, the reader thinks, Yes, Chevalier got it right..."
"Synopsis" by ,

In seventeenth-century Delft, there's a strict social orderrich and poor, Catholic and Protestant, master and servantand all know their place. When Griet becomes a maid in the household of the painter Johannes Vermeer, she thinks she knows her role: housework, laundry, and the care of his six children. She even feels able to handle his shrewd mother-in-law; his restless, sensual wife; and their jealous servant. What no one expects is that Griet's quiet manner, quick perceptions, and fascination with her master's paintings will draw her inexorably into his world. Their growing intimacy sparks whispers; and when Vermeer paints her wearing his wife's pearl earrings, the gossip escalates into a full-blown scandal that irrevocably changes Griet's life.

Written with the precision and focus of an Old Master painting, Girl With a Pearl Earring is a vivid portrait of colorful seventeenth-century Delft, as well as the hauntingly poignant story of one young girl's rite of passage.

"Synopsis" by , The runaway New York Times bestseller with over one million copies sold

Now a major motion picture from Lions Gate Films opening November 2003

History and fiction merge seamlessly in Tracy Chevalier's luminous novel about artistic vision and sensual awakening. Through the eyes of sixteen-year-old Griet, the world of 1660s Holland comes dazzlingly alive in this richly imagined portrait of the young woman who inspired one of Vermeer's most celebrated paintings.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.