30 July, 2016

Book Review - The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

It's been a while since I posted a book review; this isn't because I've not been reading, quite the contrary, but because I've gone a very long time without finding a book that I really felt invested in (cue a lot of 3-star Goodreads reviews). That was until I read Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist.

I had tried (& failed) to read The Miniaturist a couple of times, the unusual setting & opening to the book requiring my full attention, which sadly wasn't always there. However, third time's a charm & after being told for the millionth time that this book really was worth the read I started again. And I'm so glad I did.

The Miniaturist is unlike any book I've ever read before; set in the Netherlands in the 1600s, I knew little to nothing about the society that was under scrutiny throughout the 400+ pages. Despite this, I found the book utterly mesmerising, with unusual characters, goings on & issues that felt very modern despite the book's setting.

As a piece of historical fiction The Miniaturist provides a rich & dark look into the world of Dutch merchants in the 17th century, charting one in particular whose social clime & ultimate demise becomes the central tragedy in the narrative. Because of this, the story became more about human relationships & the complexities of loving someone that society has deemed inappropriate. Full of strong, intriguing women & the mystical figure of the Miniaturist, I found the characters within the pages very compelling in a backdrop as thick & enveloping as velvet.

Have you read The Miniaturist? What did you think? I would love to know how others perceived the book.

C x

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