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Girl in Hyacinth Blue By Susan Vreeland Girl in Hyacinth Blue A professor invites a colleague from the art department to his home to view a painting he has kept secret for decades in Susan Vreeland s powerful historical novel Girl in Hyacinth Blue The professor

  • Title: Girl in Hyacinth Blue
  • Author: Susan Vreeland
  • ISBN: 9780140296280
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Paperback
  • Girl in Hyacinth Blue By Susan Vreeland A professor invites a colleague from the art department to his home to view a painting he has kept secret for decades in Susan Vreeland s powerful historical novel, Girl in Hyacinth Blue The professor swears it s a Vermeer but why exactly has he kept it hidden so long The reasons unfold in a gripping sequence of stories that trace ownership of the work back to AmsterdA professor invites a colleague from the art department to his home to view a painting he has kept secret for decades in Susan Vreeland s powerful historical novel, Girl in Hyacinth Blue The professor swears it s a Vermeer but why exactly has he kept it hidden so long The reasons unfold in a gripping sequence of stories that trace ownership of the work back to Amsterdam during World War II and still further to the moment of the painting s inception.
    Girl in Hyacinth Blue By Susan Vreeland

    Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland Girl in Hyacinth Blue tells the story of a painting by the Dutch painter Vermeer, as it passes from one owner to another Interestingly, the story is told in reverse chronological order, beginning with Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland, Paperback Oct , Such is the case of the Vermeer painting, Girl in Hyacinth Blue, as described by author Susan Vreeland The painting this girl so simple in her dress and demeanor immediately claims Girl in Hyacinth Blue Vreeland, Susan Girl in Hyacinth Blue is a lovely historical fiction with a twist the tale is told backwards starting from the present and working its way back in time The main character is a painting supposedly a Girl In Hyacinth Blue Summary SuperSummary Girl in Hyacinth Blue is a novel by Susan Vreeland consisting of eight interlinked short stories The book follows the owners of a painting by Vermeer of the same name, from the present day back to the GIRL IN HYACINTH BLUE Kirkus Reviews Sep , girl in hyacinth blue by Susan Vreeland RELEASE DATE Sept , Vreeland s wonderful second outing What Love Sees, , not seen is a novel made of stories, each delving Girl with Hyacinths Mar , Directed by Hasse Ekman With Eva Henning, Ulf Palme, Birgit Tengroth, Anders Ek The young Dagmar Brink commits suicide Her belongings are inherited by the resident caretaker in the Girl in Hyacinth Blue Summary Study Guide Except for this painting, which is present in every chapter, The Girl in Hyacinth Blue is really a collection of linked short stories The stories vary from a coming of age story, to stories of love and loss, of Girl in Hyacinth Blue Pretty in a Power Suit The Dutch artist Vermeer, known for paintings such as Girl with the Pearl Earring, is at the center of the narrative with a fictional painting known as Girl in Hyacinth Blue We follow the lineage of the Brush with Fate Essential Vermeer First of all, the lost Vermeer painting in Susan Vreeland s novel Girl In Hyacinth Blue is not a copy of an extant painting by Vermeer It is an imagined work by Vermeer, created in the mind and heart the Brush with Fate Brush with Fate is a television film debuted on February , , on CBS It followed the life of an imaginary painting by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer as it passes through the hands of various

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    1. Jeffrey Keeten on said:

      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 Johannes Vermeer self portrait cropped [...]

    2. Duane on said:

      Art lovers will probably enjoy this book Historical fiction, art and art history, good writing, combined for a good read I ve read several of her books and this may be my favorite I would compare it to Tracy Chevalier s Girl with a Pearl Earring.

    3. Lisa on said:

      Girl in Hyacinth Blue tells the story of a painting by the Dutch painter Vermeer, as it passes from one owner to another Interestingly, the story is told in reverse chronological order, beginning with the math teacher who, at present time, hides the painting in his home, to the girl in the painting and her wishes to become an artist herself I thought the book kept getting better and better as it travels back in history to reveal the effects the painting had on each owner They all find some conne [...]

    4. [Shai] The Bibliophage on said:

      I bought this book around 2008 to 2010 I just stored it in my box of books and never even bother to read it Then I found this while I was sorting box recently I never expected that I was deeply engrossed in the stories most especially Morningshine, From the Personal Papers of Adriaan Kuypers and Still Life This is one of those books that is a page turner and you ll still definitely love to read after several years have passed.

    5. Laura on said:

      Just arrived from Italy, kindly sent by Hayes, through BM.This book is a collection of 8 short stories describing the story of Vermeer, the famous 17th century Dutch painter A splendid and delightful book.1 Love enough 2 Night different from all other nights3 Adagia4 Hyacinth blues Girl in Hyacinth Blue5 Morningshine 6 From the personal papers of Adriaan Kuypers 7 Still life The Little StreetThe View of DelftGirl Reading a Letter by an open windowThe MilkmaidChrist in the House of Mary and Marth [...]

    6. Book Concierge on said:

      A previously undiscovered Vermeer is revealed and the author traces its ownership back in time to its origination Each owner or custodian has a slightly different reason for wanting to keep the painting, and different reasons for letting it go Each time it changes hands, the owner is pained to part with it And still, for everyone it represents longing and wishes unfulfilled.

    7. Hayes on said:

      I liked this gentle story very much We follow an imaginary painting back in time We first see it hanging on the wall in a Math teacher s house The teacher is enigmatic and strange, and his story reveals the shady nature of the acquisition of this painting by his father in Amsterdam And we don t know is it, or is it not by the Master Jan Vermeer We are taken slowly back in time, until we arrive at the moment that the painting was created, first in the mind of the artist and then on canvas The bac [...]

    8. Carol on said:

      Great read Vreeland writes several short stories of a lost Vermeer painting and the people whose lives it touched The stories are told from the present to long ago, back in time This lost painting is a portrait of a young woman looking out a window, lost in thought, brilliantly clothed in hyacinth blues The stories contain exquisite visual descriptions of his artwork and the everyday lives of ordinary women I loved how Vreeland described color and how his paintings contained the dust of crushed [...]

    9. Rachael on said:

      I really enjoyed this book I ve owned it for seven or eight years now, and I reread it every six months or so It s a beautifully written series of brief chapter sized vignettes recounting the history of a Vermeer painting, as told in reverse chronological order by all the people who have possessed the painting The final stor ies are told by the painting s model, Vermeer s daughter Each chapter also deals with the decision of each character to give up the painting for various reasons Couple readi [...]

    10. Susan Vreeland on said:

      This entry will be out of the ordinary I wrote GIRL IN HYACINTH BLUE,and somehow it appeared in the wrong place on I can t seem to remove it, so I might as well supply a reviewW YORK TIMESDecember 19, 1999Picture This A novel of a haunting painting and its effect on a succession of owners over three centuries Girl in Hyacinth Blue, by Susan Vreelandby Katy EmckSusan Vreeland s second novel, Girl in Hyacinth Blue, may be a book about a painting, but it is never content with surfaces Tracing the i [...]

    11. Adriane Devries on said:

      The Girl in Hyacinth Blue, by Susan Vreeland, was a well written, thought provoking and inspiring book but to tell you the truth, I probably would not have finished it if it weren t for the fact that I was in a book club that keeps me accountable It s the perfect example of why I m in this book club in the first place to keep me reading things that challenge me a bit, rather than always the easy, thrilling Dan Brown or JK Rowling types I liked Girl in Hyacinth Blue, not only because it portrays [...]

    12. Jeanette"Astute Crabbist" on said:

      I like the way this author writes This is one of those books where an object is the main character, rather than a person In this case, the object is a fictional Vermeer painting of a girl sitting and looking out the window with her sewing in her lap There are eight interconnected stories that follow the painting back through history to its various owners and how they came to own or sell the painting Eventually it works back to Vermeer s creation of the painting My only complaint is that I wish s [...]

    13. Jaksen on said:

      Excellent book I picked this little book up at a nature site on Cape Cod, a location where there are gardens and flowers for sale, and a little house where home made jams and jellies are made I visit every year and buy hand made bars of soap, visit the bees in the bee hive, maybe buy a funny fake snake or two This year they had a few used books for sale and the title of this bookI couldn t resist It s the story of a painting, and its provenance back through time Who owned it, when and how they c [...]

    14. Sun on said:

      This is one of the better novels inspired by the paintings of Vermeer I say that because I ve recently read 4 of them Tracey Chevalier s Girl with a Pearl Earring was undoubtedly the best of them, with a solid plotline, populated by recognisable characters and was sophisticated enough to involve thematic imagery This is followed by Susan Vreeland s Girl in Hyacinth Blue The writing is good in this but the book is not so much a novel but a series of short stories that are linked by one Vermeer pa [...]

    15. Sanja_Sanjalica on said:

      4.5 Half a point less for interrupting some of my favorite storylines just when I got into them Still, a wonderful story of an imaginary painting, but actually a story about humanity, art and different perspectives A great idea and an interesting style Really made me think ponder about art and human obsession with beauty and inconsistency of life.

    16. Sheri on said:

      I was not impressed This is simply a collection of short stories that are all sort of connected by this painting Occasionally the stories are linked the last guy is guilty over his Nazi father s theft of the painting from a Jewish family and the 2nd owner gets it along with a baby whose origins are explained in the next story , but often than not the current story protagonist simply got the painting at an auction The idea is cute how things travel down through time without their history attache [...]

    17. Jenny (Reading Envy) on said:

      I recently read Girl with a Pearl Earring because I m going to go see it at the High Museum in Atlanta, and another GoodReads friend turned me on to this book Most of the chapters of this book were previously published individually, all telling bits of a story of another Vermeer painting I loved how there was so much mystery to the painting, so many stories surrounding it, even if they were fiction, still an enjoyable read Her descriptions of the landscape are also very vivid.Little bits I marke [...]

    18. Kate Forsyth on said:

      One of my all time favourite books by one of my all time favourite authors, GIRL IN HYACINTH BLUE tells the story of a painting in a series of interlinked vignettes moving backwards in time The first is set in contemporary times, telling the story of a middle aged man who has in his possession an extraordinary painting of a young girl which he believes is a lost Vermeer He cannot prove it, however, for the painting has no provenance And he cannot show it to any specialists, because the painting [...]

    19. Katie on said:

      Reading this made me remember how I love reading books about art This novel tells the story of a painting thought to be a lost Vermeer in 8 stories going backward it time from the present through its various owners back to the story of the painter and the subject I loved the structure and each story.

    20. Deborah Ideiosepius on said:

      A very nicely written series of stories revolving around the central theme of a painting If this rating lacks the warmth nay even ecstasy of some other reviews I saw before acquiring it, this is due to a couple of factors that I, the reader brought to it rather than any inherent insufficiency of the book itself The first thing that rather set me back was that it is very much individual stories Not interconnected stories even and certainly not a novel as represented As a fast reader, I find story [...]

    21. Sara on said:

      MY TAKE Love enough My soul shuddered Some of the stories were difficult to get into or stay interested in, but the whole collection together is quite beautiful I enjoyed the timeline and the build and progression or rather, regression of the painting, and the different meaning that it had for so many people This novel was lyrically written, with a smooth continuous flow, and each story touching in its own way It is interesting to think about how things outlive people Art affects us all differen [...]

    22. Sandra Bašić on said:

      Moglo je to i bolje, stil je dobar umjetni ki, poput slika ali meni je to cjepkanje u niz posebnih pri a pokvarilo u itak itanja.

    23. Debbie on said:

      I m really not one for collections of short stories I m admittedly voracious in all things and that does not exclude my reading choices I always feel short stories leave me still hungry for I m frequently fond of saying, I don t want a taste That s just a tease I want the whole thing However, very rarely a book of short stories comes along which I find appropriate and satisfying This is the case with Girl In Hyacinth Blue.I ve not read any of Susan Vreeland s books previously but have several o [...]

    24. Sarah Coller on said:

      I didn t love it but I didn t hate it Things were a bit confusing at first until I figured out the rhythm of the book Vreeland is writing on a timeline spanning hundreds of years but she begins at the end and works backwards I did not like this method at all and was frustrated that there wasn t a clear changing of hands between time periods it made it hard to see these as connected stories surrounding this one painting Instead, it seemed like I was reading a disconnected collection of short stor [...]

    25. Kathy Bowman on said:

      Am I the only one that found this book disappointing This book traces the owners of a Vermeer painting backwards through time The result is quite choppy, like a set of short stories than a novel I actually had a difficult time caring about the first several owners Maybe I was tired, but I also had a difficult time tracing the painting s transfer of ownership until it came to the last few I did enjoy the last several chapters , but by then I felt it was too late In some ways, this seemed a typic [...]

    26. Elizabeth on said:

      Wow, I ve forgotten about this book which is surprising, because just remembering the name makes me want to go and read it again Susan Vreeland tells a story about the possibility of there being a 36th Vermeer painting, but the best part about this book is the order it s written in She starts in the present day and goes in reverse chronological order Also, since the main character changes in each chapter so does her point of view Most is written in third person but she throws in a few chapters t [...]

    27. Elena T. on said:

      Una delle pi continuative vittorie ai Theodore Geisel Awards, l appassionata e meticolosa Susan Vreeland con La ragazza in blu Girl in hyacinth blue consegna l ennesimo, sontuoso, inno all arte nel piatto avido dei suoi lettori.Un romanzo a matrioska, una storia nella storia, per collegarsi alle vicende inerenti il possedimento dell omonimo dipinto del 1600 del pittore olandese Vermeer uno sguardo a ritroso nel tempo dei proprietari che si sono susseguiti Eccoci nel presente, un riservato insegn [...]

    28. Stacey on said:

      Have you ever watched a movie in which you wish you d paid closer attention when the big pay off comes Islands in the Stream, 1977, ALSO about art, comes to mind In this day of lightening short attention spans so much beauty gets lost Girl in Hyacinth Blue is like that It s no page turner, there are no gotcha moments and, thanks to the format a series of short stories tracing the travels of a Vermeer through the centuries , it s tough to rate the book as a whole.Love Enough was a so so start A N [...]

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