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The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier (review by Anushka D. ’15)

Girl with a Pearl EarringGirl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Griet is hired as a full-time maid at painter Vermeer’s house, she sets out with her hair tightly wrapped and her virtue intact. Although she cannot help the instant attraction she feels for her master, Griet hides behind her cumbersome work and cleans his room when he is not around. When Griet displays artistic talent, Vermeer begins to introduce her to his world, and soon, Griet is sucked in to the lust, deception, and scandal she is unable to escape. Chevalier has masterfully created and written a wonderful story from a mysterious painting; her poetic rendering of Griet as a shy, virtuous maid is ingenious and delightful. The Girl With the Pearl Earring is extremely hard to put down; the plot starts strong and never lags and the ending is poignant. Recommended for lovers of history, art, and subtle romance. – Anushka D. ’15

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