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Girl in Hyacinth Blue


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ISBN13: 9780140296280
ISBN10: 014029628x
Condition: Ex-Library
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Susan Nielsen, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Susan Nielsen)
Beautiful prose, and completely transporting to times within the pages. The characters, so true to themselves, make the reader ache to know them more.
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JudysAntiques, September 16, 2010 (view all comments by JudysAntiques)
This is the greatest book I have ever read. It is moving in many ways. I laughed, but I also cried while reading it. Susan's perfect way of describing people, places, scenarios, carried me through time and introduced me to many families who I was able to feel intimately close to.
Throughout the book I could visualize (and still can) the painting of the girl in hyacinth blue as if I had actually seen it. The literary richness of this book makes me want the painting to exist, and I want to also see it if only once, as I grew to love it deeply too, like many of the characters.
I highly recommend this book not only to art lovers and literature fans, but to everyone who wants a wonderful book to read.
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Nicholas Whalen, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by Nicholas Whalen)
Evocative, painful and bittersweet as it is hopeful...the author has a mastery of the English language that I have not seen from any author in a good long while. Her descriptions of place and time and a handful of people that I could swear were dear friends or family by the time I finished this book were richer and more heartfelt than I would have ever imagined could be contained into such a compact "reader" as this one. This is, simply put, a true piece of art, as much as any painting that is the reference of this title, and I would not say such a thing lightly, about any piece of literature. So much could be learned here...
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Lucy Little, September 7, 2007 (view all comments by Lucy Little)
Susan Vreeland has written a piece of art about a piece of art. The book follows a painting through history bringing alive the characters in each chapter and their relationships with the painting. Sometimes in this type of story, you miss a set of characters when you move on to the next, but not so in this case. Maybe because you follow the painting backwards chronologically. A great read for art lovers or readers who enjoy books by authors such as Tracy Chevalier.
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Cathy Agin, March 17, 2007 (view all comments by Cathy Agin)
Anyone who loves art will love this book. It begins with a painting, and uses the painting as a vehicle to move back through history, introducing us to the lives of all of the people touched by the painting. Vreeland takes art out of the museums and into the heart.
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Vreeland, Susan
Penguin Books
New York, N.Y.
World war, 1939-1945
College teachers
Biographical fiction
World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities.
Vermeer, Johannes
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
October 2000
Grade Level:
from 12
7.40x4.54x.73 in. .51 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 256 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140296280 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Vreeland's wonderful second outing is a novel made of stories, each delving farther into the provenance of a Vermeer painting, and each capturing a moment of life, much as the great painter did himself....Extraordinarily skilled historical fiction: deft, perceptive, full of learning, deeply moving."
"Review" by , "Reading Vreeland's new book is like opening up a Chinese box: each chapter reveals a new layer of meaning and import....True to the spirit of Vermeer, Vreeland uses art as a vehicle for capturing special moments in the lives of ordinary people; true, too, to Vermeer's legacy, she creates art that brings a unique pleasure into the lives of ordinary readers."
"Review" by , "Intelligent, searching and unusual, the novel is filled with luminous moments; like the painting it describes so well, it has a way of lingering in the reader's mind."
"Synopsis" by , The ownership of a supposed Vermeer painting is traced back to the moment of its inspiration; and as the painting moves through each owner's hands, what was long hidden or forgotten or repressed quietly surfaces. Like Vermeer's paintings, this bestselling novel illuminates the poignantly dear moments in people's lives.
"Synopsis" by , Girl in Hyacinth Blue, "the little gem of a novel [that is a] beautifully written exploration of the power of art" (Parade), is now a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie starring Glenn Close and Ellen Burstyn.
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