Words can be a visual medium too

February 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

You might be more familiar with Tracy Chevalier’s novel The Girl with a Pearl Earring. It’s the book that got me hooked on her work. Please do not take the fact that it became a Scarlet Johanssen vehicle against her. I’m sure she had nothing to do with that. Putting that aside, I love Chevalier’s work because she writes beautifully. The way she describes things just brings them to mind in full technicolor that your familiarity with the artwork she bases her books on could enrich your reading experience but is no longer a necessity. My personal favorite is the heartbreaking Falling Angels (as you can see, the spine has been put under more stress than the others) but if you enjoyed Girl . . . you might like The Lady and the Unicorn too.

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