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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2005 9:05 pm 
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This book is required reading for incoming freshman at our local high school. I'm reading the book myself right now. I'm interested in any good information about the book or Vermeer (the subject) and especially about the portrayal of Catholicism in Holland in the 1600's.

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I didn't read the book, but I saw the movie...

Can't say that I would suggest anybody watches it.

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Didn't read the book either, but the way that Vermeer painted diffused light in a room is extraordinary. He never sold a painting in his lifetime.


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He painted using a camera obscura and would literally paint right over the inverted image projected onto the canvas, mixing colors on the canvas intil they matched the projection.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2005 12:58 pm 
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I finished the book last night. I have some concerns. I've found some good information that is refuting the portrayal of Vermeer and his family, in general, but what I really need is to be able to educate myself on the condition of the Dutch Church in that time period so I can put the slams the author makes against the Faith in context. I am really interested in hearing from the school (which is a Catholic school, BTW) what lessons they are pulling out of this book. If it's to illustrate anti-Catholic bias in modern fiction, I could get on board with that. But, I'm not feeling very hopeful that is the answer I am going to get when I ask about it. I'm now on to The House on Mango Street, another fine example of classic literature that the schools have selected for our children. I am glad I have a chance to preview this before we make an enrollment decision (DD is going into 8th grade this year)...


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Kathleen wrote:
I finished the book last night. I have some concerns. . . . I am really interested in hearing from the school (which is a Catholic school, BTW) what lessons they are pulling out of this book. If it's to illustrate anti-Catholic bias in modern fiction, I could get on board with that.

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