Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Book Review: Girl With A Pearl Earring

Girl With A Pearl Earring.

It was only then a masterpiece of Johannes Vermeer but it became more when author Tracy Chevalier brought more life to the wide blue eyed Dutch girl who wore a simple pearl earring that defined her.

How many of us have stared into a portrait or a painting and wondered what stories lie behind it. We all put different stories of our own on how a particular painting was made but the story that Tracy Chevalier weaved into the painting of "Girl With A Pearl Earring" was simply a story worth reading.

Griet was but a common maid in the house of a popular painter Johannes Vermeer until she ended up in his painting. So we ask how come a common maid ended up in a master piece? Then the story begins.

Even if the story starts in a slow pace as soon as you get into the core of the story it immediately sweeps you away and gets you glued into its pages. Tracy Chevalier as well writes with subtle eroticism and wit:

"He draped his robe gently over my head so it blocked out all light. It was still warm from him, and smelled of the way brick feels when it has been baked by the sun. I placed my hands on the table to steady myself and closed my eyes for a moment. I felt as I had drunk my evening beer too quickly"

The novel is an easy read which is a plus as well.

As for the film? It so bad it doesnt give the novel any justice at all.

I give this book a three and half stars out of five.