The book discussions will now be 6 weekly still on Mondays.
The Girl with a Pearl Earring is the next book we'll discuss. This is a story of an artist’s desire for beauty and the ultimate corruption of innocence. 17th Century Holland. When Griet becomes a maid in the household of Johannes Vermeer in the town of Delft, she thinks she knows her role: housework, laundry and the care of his six children. But as she becomes part of his world and his work, their growing intimacy spreads tension and deception in the ordered household and, as the scandal seeps out, into the town beyond.
Tracy Chevalier’s extraordinary historical novel on the corruption of innocence and the price of genius is a contemporary classic.
Guardian, 7 August 1999
"...a wonderful novel, mysterious, steeped in atmosphere and yet firmly rooted in the drudgery and denial of a servant's life...." Read entire review (http://www.tchevalier.com/gwape/reviews/index.html)
Time Out, 8-15 September 1999
"... She has wonderfully evoked the Delft of the mid-seventeenth century Netherlands, its canals, markets and churches, the endless, uncomplaining drudgery of a domestic servant's life which accompanied Griet's brief time in the sun." Read entire review (http://www.tchevalier.com/gwape/reviews/index.html)
Times (London), 18 September 1999
"...Second novels are reputedly the true test of writers, the chance to show that their talents rest on more than luck or hype. Girl With a Pearl Earring more than fulfils such expectations." Read entire review (http://www.tchevalier.com/gwape/reviews/index.html)