Sunday, January 24, 2010

Guest Recommendation from Kim W. - Girl with a Pearl Earring

Guest Recommendation From Kim W.

I'm not an avid chick-lit reader, but I found myself elbow-deep into 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' by Tracy Chevalier. The book really brought Vermeer's painting to life, and it included a few tid bits of 17th Century Dutch culture without sounding like a history lesson. I could really empathize with the main character, a girl house-servant for Vermeer's family who cleans his art studio. She pines for her old life with her family, has some love interest with the master of her house, and accepts advances from the local butcher's son where she buys her master's meat. A quick read - definately recommend it.

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