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Posted by Ideja B. on February 19, 2018 at 2:40 AM
Burton showcases her talent throughout the Miniaturist. Her use of language truly strikes the reader, as she allows for imagination to continue the story. The inventive idea that Nella Oortman receives a cabinet as a wedding gift, that turns out to be a mini replica of their home, entices the reader further, as such a concept seems bizarre, especially to readers of the modern age. After every page, it's effortlessly easy to lose yourself in the world of Petronella's and discover what her new 'family' have to offer. Fortunately, you get a real flavour for what life was like for women at the time, and Jessie Burton doesn't dare miss out a single detail. You also experience the young marriages, along with certain vexatious characters that Nella has to learn to deal with. Sympathy begins to climb out of you while reading on, as the adolescent Nella has to negotiate with many, twice her age. The disriminatory nature of people in this book is shocking, yet legitimate, which, personally, was one of the most interesting things to absorb while reading this novel. Due to The Miniaturist being one of my favourite Historical Fiction books, I therefore rate it FIVE STARS! (Check out the '5 Star Books' Book page for the book cover and where to buy it - click the image!)

Categories: Historical Fiction

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