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review 2018-08-21 03:38
New Boy
New Boy (Hogarth Shakespeare) - Tracy Chevalier

I've read several of Chevalier's books, so when I saw this one offered on NetGalley, I jumped at the chance to get a copy. After reading two other books in the Hogarth Shakespeare series, Vinegar Girl and Hag-Seed, I was curious to read Chevalier's take on Othello. I think this is a departure for Chevalier, whose historical fiction I love, but I am not sure what she intended here. Her protagonists are reimagined as 11-year-olds, and the drama occurs over the course of one school day, with most of the action taking place on the playground. For me, this format diminished the impact of the story. I am not sure why Chevalier set this in the '70s, especially when the words and actions of her characters seemed more in line with today's kids, as opposed to the much less eloquent and exceedingly more immature kids I remember, having been an 11-year-old in the '70s.  

 

To be fair, Chevalier on her worst day is significantly better than so many other published writers, that of course I finished reading it, and I have no regrets. Now, on to her other books on my TBR pile...

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text 2017-10-16 09:33
Reading progress update: I've read 19%.
A Dama e o Unicórnio - Tracy Chevalier

I am very surprised by this book! I just cant put it down x_x I wanna read it the whole time because I wanna know what is going to happen next lol. I seriously liked her writing style and the story is also very very interesting :). Hoping the end wont disappoint.

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review 2017-09-05 08:13
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

I don't have a review for this, but I read it and really liked it. I wanted to put this on here for anyone who might be curious what I rated it. As for now, it stands at a 5 star rating, though I have been known to change my ratings further down the road.

 

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review 2017-06-29 12:50
Girl With a Pearl Earring
Girl with a Pearl Earring - Tracy Chevalier

Ever since reading a non-fiction book about the art forger Han Van Meegeren, I´ve been fascinated by Jan Vermeer and his paintings. So it was only a matter of time before I would pick up Girl With a Pearl Earring and I´m glad I did. Overall I enjoyed this novel about the maid Griet, who becomes the muse of Vermeer and inspires him to the well-known painting.

 

Admittedly, the narration is slow and subdued, the plot isn´t the most intricate one and I can´t say that I particularly liked Griet and all her troubles with the Vermeer family. But then there are the passages about Vermeer and his paintings which I thoroughly enjoyed.

 

The book is not a perfect novel, but it´s been really nice to revisit Vermeer´s work and my desire to see the actual painting (who is exhibited in Mauritshuis in Den Haag) has been rekindled.

 

I´ve read this book for the Waterworks square for Booklikes-opoly. Besides Girl With a Pearl Earring there is another famous painting of Vermeer on the cover, View of Delft. And this painting displays a stretch of water.

 

Page Count: 233 pages

Money earned: $6.00

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-06-07 19:25
At the Edge of the Orchard
At the Edge of the Orchard - Tracy Chevalier

I'm trying to catch up on my back reviews, but I wanted to review this one with Pachinko. I read them one after the other (if we're only counting 'adult' novels), and I thought they paired well together. They're both big family epics specifically tied to place.

 

I picked this book on a whim. It's the only Chevalier ebook that was available through the library when I was looking for a new work book. I hadn't heard anything about it, and it took a while for me to get into it.

 

In the end I enjoyed it. I liked the parts set in California most. I found James and Sadie's story lines a bit ridiculous in the end. That's just a small part of the book so I forgave Chevalier for it. The historical note at the end is informative. While I'm not inspired to read other books about trees, if I were I would appreciate it even more.

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