From back to front, I love you. When one strips away the setting then I think for a story Yes well, at first I thought the setting in seventeenth century Holland was very bold and a heroic undertaking, but then reading I thought maybe it was a sign of diffidence, a lack of confidence on the part of the author like a shy person wearing a huge hat or fancy shoes - no, don't look at me, look at my hat and shoes, don't scrutinise my sentences or my narrative - admire my lavish setting, the fabrics, the foods, the intricate details. She is clever and willing to adopt to her new environment. The book totally lived up to it's hype! Such high hopes for this one. Johannes didn't feature quite as much as I expected him to but when he did, I found him to be an intriguing, likeable and sympathetic character. She was also a right thicko, she missed so many obvious things that were right in front of her.
Mid-October 1686 The Herengracht canal, Amsterdam Outside In On the step of her new husband's house, Nella Oortman lifts and drops the dolphin knocker, embarrassed by the thud. Miniature Houses became all the rage in the 17th century. The welcome she receives is slightly less hostile than the manner in which Heathcliff welcomed Lockwood. Jessie Burton, for such a young writer, kept a steady hand on the tiller and unspooled the plot judiciously to lend maximum impact to the final chapters. The past is brought to life in potent, sensory detail: one feels steeped in it.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Beautiful, intoxicating and filled with heart-pounding suspense, Jessie Burton's magnificent debut novel The Miniaturist is a story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth. Manner of dress and activity was all dictated as well so there was little room for a free spirit of any kind in Amsterdam. Not long after Nella's arrival in the city, her enigmatic husband presents her with a beautifully wrought cabinet, an exact replica of the house in which they live with Brandt's sister, Marin, and their loyal servants. Nella's husband is often away on trips and she is left to her own devices in the hostile house, her only solace being the miniature figurines a mysterious miniaturist sends to her. Him hating Agnes and Frans wasn't a good enough excuse for fucking up with the sugar.
It was like her character was a mystery just for mystery's sake. But her splendid new home is not welcoming. But Nella's world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. The real Petronella Oortman married Johannes Brandt when she was 30 and a widow, and definitely seemed to enjoy her doll house! However, I gradually couldn't stand the fact that Petronella was 18 years old and basically a country bumpkin. I'll definitely be keeping an eye on the author's future work, but this debut wasn't what I'd hoped. Recommended for readers who have much more patience than me.
To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist--an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways. Philosophy Jesse Burton manages to make some great points in this book. The painting that inspired the author when she describes Madame Marin. Nella learns how intolerance leads to cynicism and how dark secrets can become cancers. Good artisan work, but no masterpiece. Johannes's gift helps Nella pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. So that I can get a page and a half of the miniaturist's father telling Nella that the miniaturist didn't come from an egg.
Johannes' gift helps Nella to pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. It was irritating how she played the victim and the martyr when she was none of those things, anything bad that happened to her was of her own doing. I am not sure I understood all the happenings within the novel but perhaps that was just me. Jaina Sanga is the author of three works of fiction: a novel titled Silk Fish Opium; a book of short stories, Train to Bombay; and a book of novellas, Tourist Season. She is also a literary scholar and has published a book on Salman Rushdie and edited two encyclopedias of South Asian literature. Each new piece is like a new step that Nella takes towards the fulfillment of her expectations, the struggle to find a way through her new life.
This is a story about secrets, trust and unexpected magic. Ultimately I'm left as I was about , nice setting, well enough done, but I don't think it has any long term merit. How did she know what to send Nella and the other women? He is tired of the life and finds he would rather have fluffy, roasted potatoes than a pile of glittering gilders. Now I'm going to try it again of my own free mind :- Great debut of this writer, hopefully many more books to come. I was lost in this world that Jessie Burton so cleverly created, lost back in time, in Amsterdam, immersed in the history presented and fascinated by the story being weaved. A wild man in pantomime clothes stabs a painting, then he stabs a dog, then he in turn is stabbed by an equally exotic piratical character, he seems to be dying but then suddenly reverts back to amateur dramatics — the entire scene, aspiring One thing I learned from reading this novel is that clearly most readers are better at suspending disbelief than I am. Chapter after chapter, night after exhausting night when common sense was telling me to go chuck the book across the room and get some much needed sleep.
Women's cabinets were oversized dollhouses, but were certainly not toys. It was everything I was hoping for, an intriguing mix of mystery, love, secrets, betrayal, identity and revenge, all set against the backdrop of 17th century Amsterdam. An international bestseller, it was the focus of a publishers' bidding war at the 2013. And will she be the key to their salvation or the architect of their downfall? She turns out to be much more complex and more humanistic than her cold demeanor and her simmering fury will allow the world to see. They start from a certain position and end up in a completely different standing, having gone through a complex process of self-awareness. She was there on a three-day trip from London, and visited the Rijksmuseum, where she first came across the cabinet. Against her wishes but wanting to please her husband, Nella hires a miniaturist to build furniture for the gift.
To have crafted The Miniaturist is no small achievement. It is one of the most hyped releases of 2014 and is currently outselling J. I guess that could be deliberate - this is the 17th century, these characters can't be that enlightened. Read it for school I believe years ago. The artisan may even be able to predict the future: he sends Nella portentous objects she has not commissioned, such as a cradle and a perfect replica of Brandt's beloved dog stained with blood. Like Emma Healey's , which I also read and reviewed recently, The Miniaturist first started gathering buzz at the London Book Fair over a year ago. However, like the rest of the book, there is far more to her and her actions than first meets the eye and she ended up becoming one of my favourite characters.
In spite of the fact that much has been said re the author's research into the time period, I often found myself thinking that Nella's moral philosophy and knowledge of the world - i. This book isn't for everyone. I was intrigued by the mystery of the miniaturist and when I found out the truth it was like a damp squib - I felt it was too easy and there didn't seem to be any reason for it. Dark overtone's of the issues we grapple with today and still have failed to come to terms with, are laced into the storyline. Set in 17th-century Amsterdam—a city ruled by glittering wealth and oppressive religion— The Miniaturist is a story steeped in atmosphere, suspense, betrayal, and retribution. She is layered and complex. To view it, One thing I learned from reading this novel is that clearly most readers are better at suspending disbelief than I am.