Girl in Hyacinth Blue
This luminous story begins in the present day, when a professor invites a colleague to his home to see a painting that he has kept secret for decades. The professor swears it is a Vermeer—but why has he hidden this important work for so long? The reasons unfold in a series of events that trace... show more
This luminous story begins in the present day, when a professor invites a colleague to his home to see a painting that he has kept secret for decades. The professor swears it is a Vermeer—but why has he hidden this important work for so long? The reasons unfold in a series of events that trace the ownership of the painting back to World War II and Amsterdam, and still further back to the moment of the work's inspiration. As the painting moves through each owner's hands, what was long hidden quietly surfaces, illuminating poignant moments in multiple lives. Susan Vreeland's characters remind us, through their love of this mysterious painting, how beauty transforms and why we reach for it, what lasts and what in our lives is singular and unforgettable.
Publish date: October 1st 2000
Pages no: 242
Edition language: English
I think I liked this book more the first time I read it. It's still good, but I definitely liked certain stories better than others. "Morningshine" left the biggest impression on me last time (and probably this time too). I skipped most of "From the Personal Papers of Adriaan Kuypers" and "Hyacint...
This fictitious story revolves around an undiscovered, or perhaps, an unauthenticated Vermeer. It begins in the present day, where a professor invites a colleague to look at a painting he's kept hidden for decades. He insists that the art piece is by Johannes Vermeer: vehement in his study of the br...
This is the first book of the year reading challenge, which is a mix between Kat's TBR-Challenge and PopSugar's reading challenge. (I didn't have a jar so I put it in an old little tin box) For this month, I had to read a book I was supposed to read in school/uni but didn't. I generally read a...
This novel consists of 8 short stories, some first person and others third person, concerning a Vermeer painting and its owners from present day working back to when the work was created. The painting has a different meaning for each story's protagonist. The stories range through centuries of Dutch...
I got this book from my library's last used book sale for $.50 (hey, when did they get rid of the cent symbol from keyboards?). I had never heard of the book or the author but I figured I love historical fiction and I love books about art so this was probably a winner. And turns out, I was right. I ...