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A jácintkék ruhás lány av Susan Vreeland
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A jácintkék ruhás lány (urspr publ 1999; utgåvan 2005)

av Susan Vreeland

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Eight linked stories tracing the history of a painting by the 17th century Dutch artist, Vermeer. In one, he paints his daughter to pay off debts, a second story describes the loss of the ownership papers, a third takes place on the eve of its theft by the Nazis. By the author of What Love Sees.
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Titel:A jácintkék ruhás lány
Författare:Susan Vreeland
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Taggar:historical-fiction, art

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Girl in Hyacinth Blue av Susan Vreeland (1999)

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    Flicka med pärlörhänge av Tracy Chevalier (Nickelini)
    Nickelini: Both books are historical fiction surrounding a Vermeer painting, but The Girl with the Pearl Earring is a far superior book.
  2. 30
    People of the Book av Geraldine Brooks (whymaggiemay)
    whymaggiemay: Both well written, and both follow an art object from end to beginning, through the hands of those who once owned it.
  3. 10
    Artemisias passion av Susan Vreeland (conceptDawg)
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Girl in Hyacinth Blue is a novel in short stories. I usually find this kind of thing to be a bit of a bait and switch. When I read a novel, I want it to be a novel. In my middle age, I've developed an appreciation for short stories that has been hard won over a few decades of not caring for them. Nonetheless, I generally don't like to be surprised by short stories hiding inside a novel. Here, though, I'll make an exception because how beautifully they're handled and because of the common thread of the painting around which all of them revolve.

Girl in Hyacinth Blue follows a lost, forgotten Vermeer masterpiece from its painting to the study of the son of a Nazi, only it's done in reverse. As we follow the painting back in time, we meet a son tortured by his father's war crimes so dissonant with the man he knows, a Jewish girl making a sacrifice for safety that is hardly guaranteed, a couple troubled by a husband's former love, a philandering wife matched by a philandering husband, a couple who rescues a baby during a flood, and on back to Vermeer himself struggling to make ends meet and wondering if he shouldn't take a proper job to provide for his impoverished family but unable to turn away from the transcendent beauty that draws his eye and his talent always back to painting.

Though a slim book, Girl in Hyacinth Blue in its journey through history is filled with the richness of human experience and captures all manner of people who themselves are captured by the beauty of a painting of a girl they will never know and yet feel a kind of kinship with. The idea of following a painting through history is fascinating on its own. Vreeland's execution of it is what is truly sublime. ( )
  yourotherleft | Mar 14, 2021 |
Young Adult, with fantastical elements. Very enjoyable. ( )
  3CatMom | Dec 28, 2020 |
I started this without really knowing what to expect, and ended up really liking it. The idea of short, but connected, stories was interesting, as was the reverse chronological order. I do wish it had gone full circle, though, and given some closure on the first chapter, as it seemed the least resolved of the stories, as it was obviously not preceded by a later story. ( )
  beautifulshell | Aug 27, 2020 |
I have never read a novel where the story began at the end and the end was the beginning of the story. Girl in Hyacinth Blue is a painting and the author "leads us gently backwards in time with a reverse chronology that reveals the painting's complex history." As I continued to read each part of the painting's history I instinctively agreed with the author's presentation knowing the story wouldn't have been as meaningful or as insightful to me as a reader.

As every reader finishes the novel I hope they will take the time to read the first two (2) sections of "A Penguin Readers Guide to Girl in Hyacinth Blue" by the author a) Reading Group Guide Discussion [I wish this section had a different name as since I'm not a book club participant I almost skipped it.]; and b) Interview with Susan Vreeland [Nine (9) interesting Q&As]. Without a doubt these two (2) sections of the guide enhanced my appreciation of the author's writing and how the entirety of the book came to be written. Book club readers will be appreciative of c) Questions for Discussion.

An interesting follow-up article to this novel is entitled, "Vermeer: the artist who taught the world to see ordinary beauty" by Jonathan Jones, and is available at this link: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2017/feb/08/vermeer-a... ( )
  FerneMysteryReader | Mar 29, 2020 |
Cornelius Engelbrecht si è sempre guardato bene dall’invitare chicchessia a casa sua. È con malcelato stupore perciò che Richard, suo collega, lo guarda accendere il camino, sorridere e, con gesti eccitati, illuminare un quadro posto davanti alla poltrona: un dipinto straordinario in cui una ragazza con un grembiule blu siede a un tavolo accanto a una finestra aperta. « Guarda. Guarda l’occhio. È una perla», dice Engelbrecht. Così comincia questo straordinario romanzo che, come una preziosa scatola cinese, di capitolo in capitolo, ci conduce davanti al destino di una grande opera e delle persone, umili e potenti, nobili e arroganti, amanti dell’arte o del suo potere, che l’hanno avuta lungo i secoli.
  kikka62 | Mar 19, 2020 |
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She thought of all the people in all the paintings she had seen that day, not just Father's, in all the paintings of the world, in fact. Their eyes, the particular turn of a head, their loneliness or suffering or grief was borrowed by an artist to be seen by other people throughout the years who would never see them face to face. People who would be that close to her, she thought, a matter of a few arms' lengths, looking, looking, and they would never know her.
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Eight linked stories tracing the history of a painting by the 17th century Dutch artist, Vermeer. In one, he paints his daughter to pay off debts, a second story describes the loss of the ownership papers, a third takes place on the eve of its theft by the Nazis. By the author of What Love Sees.

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