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Girl in Hyacinth Blue

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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If I die for any reason other than old age, it will be that I have finally decided to rid myself of a world where shallow, unintelligent people write this book off as a 'rip-off' of Tracy Chevalier's 'lovely' Girl With a Pearl Earring. For the record, I have read bo...
If I die for any reason other than old age, it will be that I have finally decided to rid myself of a world where shallow, unintelligent people write this book off as a 'rip-off' of Tracy Chevalier's 'lovely' Girl With a Pearl Earring. For the record, I have read both books. I was repulsed by the cold-heartedness of Chevalier's story and the unlikable, un-relatable characters, while I was warmed and touched by the innocence, the complexities, and the intrigue of Vreeland's. Girl in Hyacinth Blue is a unique, ingenious story. Several stories, actually. Vreeland pulls together the lives of a dozen people from opposite ends of the social, cultural, and economic spectrums. Each character is developed, has his or her own story and ghosts and past, and yet they are all connected by this one painting that is at once mysterious, charming, and beautiful. This is one of those books you think about long after you finish reading it. It is one of my favorite books, and one I recommend whole-heartedly.

posted by Anonymous on July 6, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Just ok

I cannot believe so many rated this booksohighly. Girl with a Pearl Earring is a way better book. The stories were interesting and had potential, but they were told in a confusing manner. I was wanting the author the weave or relate the stories. I was left wondering w...
I cannot believe so many rated this booksohighly. Girl with a Pearl Earring is a way better book. The stories were interesting and had potential, but they were told in a confusing manner. I was wanting the author the weave or relate the stories. I was left wondering what happened to the math professor and the painting.

posted by marymeister on May 17, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Poor

    Great idea but poorly developed and unclearly written.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2006

    Waist of my time

    I did not like the book one bit and I would not recomend it to ANYONE! The olny reason I finished it was because it was for summer reading. Also this book whas very hard to follow so I had to read it twice so I would get credit for summer reading.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2005

    Psh.

    You guys amaze me. How one could finish this book and understand why some girl kills pidgeons has to do with a painting, is beyond me. This was required summer reading but it pained me to even finish it. It's disappointing, since I'd heard Girl With a Pearl Earring was good. If there was '0 stars', I'd pick that.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2004

    Painting on A WALl?

    i had to read this book for a honors reading class......everyone hated it....it was the worst book that any one ould pick up.....my teacher ahs no tast in books...(no ofense but it's true).....every 20 pages made me fall asleep....every on hated it and pettitioned it. but unfortunetly the petiton was overrided... :(...i'm a picky reader...but this book serously SUCKs

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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