Review: Girl with a pearl earring


2 stars

Read from December 10 to 11, 2014 — I own a copy

Synopsis: A brilliant historical novel on the corruption of innocence, using the famous painting by Vermeer as an inspiration. Griet, the young daughter of a tilemaker in seventeeth century Holland, obtains her first job, as a servant in Vermeer’s household. Tracy Chevalier shows us, through Griet’s eyes, the complicated family, the society of the small town of Delft, and life with an obsessive genius. Griet loves being drawn into his artistic life, and leaving her former drudgery, but the cost to her own survival may be high.

Bookish Things: 248 pages. The cover is of the painting the whole book is about. I disliked it from the first time I looked at it.

Where to buy: Amazon in numerous physical copies. Or go to your library or local bookstore.

My Review: 

Bookshelves: dead-tree-books, summer-challenge, 2-star-review, historical-fiction, something-missing

Are you suffering from insomnia?

Well, try picking up this book. It should put you to sleep in 10 minutes flat.

The story about the most boring people in the world, told by a girl who has the most boring thoughts and ideas in history. Even while getting groped in the alley, she thinks of the clouds! I mean really!!!

At times, I liked some of the description used, but at others it was so wrong I wanted to poke my eyes out and burn the book.

Characterisation does not seem to be something Tracy is familiar with, all of the characters (including Griet, the protagonist) were flat and boring and stock standard.

There is only one word I can use to describe this book: BORING!


2 thoughts on “Review: Girl with a pearl earring

  1. I quite like the painting. That earring and bright white collar pull you away from the vulnerability in her eyes. The copy on Wikipedia is a lot brighter – you can see her ear and neck. Why do you think you disliked it?

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