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The Seventh Etching: A Novel Paperback – May 2, 2012
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With five siblings, three children and three grandchildren, Judith K. White is a family drama expert. Living in Amsterdam, she became fascinated with the city's 17th-century history. Linguist, educator, entrepreneur and fundraiser, Judith lives i
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Her first hand research and empathetic characters bring seventeenth century Holland to life, interweaving the political economy of an era dominated by wars, tulip prices, and periodic floods, with the worlds of art, charity, and even pornography, as the etching in question is the culmination of a series of increasingly revealing images which is sought by a rich merchant to complete his collection.
The heart of the story, however, involves the dynamic of several families each coping with the fragility and randomness of everyday life. Here White pulls it all together as we root for a happy ending for the Spanish maiden Isabela and her young friend Nelleke, and we are not disappointed.
This was a fun book to read, at first I wasn't sure what the title had to do with the story then it and the little girl, Nellke, keep you reading until the very end.
I thoroughly enjoyed the setting and each of the characters. Even if you have never been to Amsterdam the author gives you the sense you are familiar with the setting.
While many writers have focused on the famous artists of this time period, Judith White gives us an amazingly clear insight into the lives of two troubled families, an adorably energetic orphan, and her loving friend and companion.
Judith is a highly skilled writer. A `must read' if there ever was one!
I also liked the fact that Isabela's and Pieter's romance did not come to any sort of Hollywood fruition. It reminded me of the hero and heroine in Ursula Leguin's Malafrena, also historical fiction. Judith K. White is a wonderful storyteller with such a painterly eye for detail. I thank her for sharing the book with me. Bravo, bravo, bravo!