Girl With a Pearl Earring – Tracy Chevalier

Girl With a Pearl Earring - Tracy Chevalier

Original book title: Girl With a Pearl Earring
Author: Tracy Chevalier
Publisher: Månpocket, 246 pages
Year of publication: 1999
Format: Paperback
Language: Swedish

This book is part of my 2016 reading challenge!

I’ve wanted to read this book for a long time and I can finally remove it from my list.

This is the story of Griet, who becomes a maid in the Vermeer household. Her main task is to clean up the famous painter’s workstation. Slowly, she grows more interested in her master and her master in her. This is a book that fictionalizes what might have happened behind the scenes of the famous Vermeer painting Girl with a Pear Earring.

I really wanted to like this book, but I just found it to be slow and boring. The concept is interesting and I did enjoy the first half. But the more I read, the more I realized that the characters were flat and I didn’t like Griet at all! And Vermeer himself remains a mystery throughout the whole story, which makes it very hard to connect with his character. I expected more romance in this book, but I barely got any.

I got frustrated and annoyed by some scenes. I tried to put myself in Griet’s shoes, but it didn’t work because her fate was so obvious to me, which made this book predictable and made me frustrated with some of Griet’s decisions.

If you are looking for something historical but not too heavy than this book is for you. Just don’t expect any heavy romance or likable characters.