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The Virgin Blue
The Virgin Blue
Author: Tracy Chevalier
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ISBN-13: 9781565116849
ISBN-10: 1565116844
Publication Date: 2/1/2003
Edition: Unabridged
Rating:
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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3.3 stars, based on 9 ratings
Publisher: Highbridge Audio
Book Type: Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 8
Isabella's story was more interesting than Ella's. It seemed the book was unfinished, and there was no real growth or resolution at the end. Horrible things happened, but how did the women really change?
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Helpful Score: 8
This book is so very similar to the Labrynth that I read just a bit ago. I swear they were even in the same towns just 500 yrs apart! It makes me wonder if the other author read this book! I was so engrosed in this book I couldnt put it down, but the ending was crappy! I would have liked more closure. warning of domestic violence
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Helpful Score: 7
I liked it better than Girl with a Pearl Earring. It stradles modern time and the late 1500's in France. It wasn't too heavy on history, but enough to educate you. A quick read.
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Helpful Score: 6
A story of Ella, a lonely American woman in southwestern France, who connects through her dreams with a distant ancestor, Isabelle. Reading this novel is like being on a "scavenger hunt," as you "hunt" for the common thread that joins these women together in a most mysterious way!
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Helpful Score: 5
I love the author normally, but this storyline was so bleak that I had trouble wanting to pick it up again after I set it down.
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Helpful Score: 5
I liked Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Lady and the Unicorn, but not the Virgin Blue. The main character is selfish and juvenile, and I could not sympathize with her at all.
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Helpful Score: 4
I actually liked this one better than Girl with a Pearl Earring. This book splits up two different stories in two different times, with two women struggling.
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Helpful Score: 4
This a mystery/ historical fiction. It is about a woman, Ella, who moves to France near where her family lived four hundred years earlier. Ella, starts to have werid dreams and the only way end these dreams is for her to research into her family history. The story is told from both Ella and her 14th century ancestor, Isabelle's point of view.
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Helpful Score: 3
Interesting double story that paces chapter by chapter and takes you through France and Switzerland on a quest.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book was a heartbreaking and angry read for me... I could hear myself shouting at the ancestors in this book. It is certainly written by the same author as "Girl with a Pearl Earring" and "The Lady and the Unicorn" but is differnet. Darker to me.
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Helpful Score: 2
Extremely well written and read. Some sentences spoken in French, which I didn't understand - but this in no way subtracted from enjoyment. Wish I had had the hard copy available so I could have looked up translation. Makes me want to hear more of her books - and in fact I have already ordered one. Certainly makes my journey to and from work easy to take. Will try to find an audio cassette of her Girl with Pearl Earring - if as well written as this know I shall enjoy it.
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Helpful Score: 2
EXCELLENT!!!! I loved it! By the same author that wrote "Girl with Pearl Earring" wont disappoint, I zipped through this book fast because it was so good.
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Helpful Score: 2
I was reading along in this time travel novel and realized I was confused as to the characters in the 1570's part. So I went back to the beginning and reread the first 189 pages, before finishing the book. I am very glad I did! The second run-through made much more sense, as I wrote down the family tree for the characters and I understood who was related to whom, and why. The delving in to the Catholic persecution of Protestants in the hundred or so years prior to the Massacre of St Bartholomew (1685) was very interesting, as well as the modern difficulties of a non-French person trying to fit in in a small French village near Toulouse.
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Helpful Score: 2
I was intrigued by this story of an American woman, Ella, transplanted to France with her ambitious husband who has taken an international job. The story parallels another woman, Isabelle, from four centuries past and soon both stories intertwine beautifully. I enjoyed this novel well more than I expected to, and I do like Chevalier's style of writing. Amazing that this was her first novel, very rich writing indeed. I would definitely read more of her works, in fact, I just obtained "Falling Angels", which I plan to read soon.
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Helpful Score: 1
I really enjoyed this book by the author of 'Girl with a Pearl Earring.' The story is an intertwining of the lives of Isabella and Ella...two women born centuries apart yet part of the same family. The reader learns more about both of the women as Ella learns more about her family history. The chapters switch from past to present in an interesting way.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was a good read if you like the combination of historical fiction and detective story. Ella finds her life changing after moving to France & delving into her French ancestry and feels compelled to solve what happened to her ancestor Isabelle and her daughter Marie in the 1500s.
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Helpful Score: 1
I really like the premise of this book however I thought there were too many loose ends that were not completed and I felt a liitle let down at the end. I enjoyed the Lady and the Unicorn much more.
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Another interesting read from Chevalier.
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A very quick read. Hard to follow but one could read every other chapter and stay in the presnt time and then read the opposing chapters(past) in order. It would be much easier to follow. The end it a little choppy with the constant switch from past to present. But all in all, I enjoyed this novel very much.
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Fabulous book. Tracy Chevalier always delivers a great story.
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unabridged
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Even if you do not listen to books, this one should be the exception! Wonderfully read by 2 actresses with beautiful French accents. This story will have you entralled. Chevalier is such a talented writer and weaves a story of two women connected over 400 years. The action moves from present to past flawlessly.
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Enjoyed the story very much and the readers' performances were wonderful.
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Well read.
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I enjoy Chevalier's writing so much, especially Falling Angels and Girl with a Pearl Earring. This was her first book, and it shows her developing skills. Still, I enjoyed the complex story.
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Excellent condition paperback. Author of the NYT bestseller "Girl With A Pearl Earring." Two woment born centuries apart, yet tied together by a haunting family legacy. Takes place in France and alternates between the two women.
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Interesting look into ancient France. Not as good as some of her other books, but still a good read.
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Great book--very atmospheric with a wonderful parallel construction between past and present.
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This book wasn't what I was expecting after reading,"Girl with a Pearl Earring," which I thought was Wonderful. The writing and characterizations were well done and the time sequences seemed accurate. I had some difficulty at the end. The result was that while I liked it and enjoyed it while reading it, I felt a little lost at times. In Girl with a Pearl the heroine and others reacted to her circumstances very much as I would expect, giving it a feeling of comfort. In "The Virgin Blue" both Ella Turner, the modern protagonist and Isabelle du Moulin, Ella's predecessor by 100 yrs. reacted in ways I thought unlikely. I will be cuious to see how they both( Girl with a Pearl and Virgin Blue) compare with "Falling Angels".
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This was an experiment in listening to an audio CD. I decided that I prefer to read.
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Introduces French and Swiss history and customs. Two intertwining stories, both easily relatable. Not difficult to follow the plot, or keep the two stories seperate. I enjoyed it immensely.
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Ella, a contemporary American, struggles to assimilate in the small medieval village where she and her husband have settled. Her genealogy research leads her on a fateful trail to Switzerland. The intertwining story (400 yrs earlier)tells Isabelle's tragic part in her family's migration during the Protestant reformation...a time of Calvinist sects trying to break away from the Papacy. Superstition, gossip and tragedy follow both woman. I love historical fiction so wish Chevalier had told more and not left me with so many questions. As with the "Girl with a Pearl Earring", I felt she just skimmed over the surface with an "outline" for what could have been a great novel.
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My introduction to Tracy Chevalier was with "Girl with a Pearl Earring" which I devoured just as quickly and loved. "The Virgin Blue" is a different tale - quite sorrowful, but still I enjoyed it. Chevalier has a knack of making you feel like you're there - or maybe it's just that I have a love affair with France and history that makes me feel that way. I found myself wanting to know more of what happened to Ella - but I guess like some other stories, we'll have to come up with a sequel ourselves.
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Very Enjoyable Read...two women born centuries apart, yet tied together by a haunting family legacy.
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Story links modern day woman with French Huguenot ancestress. Found the historical story more compelling. I like the way she connected the present with the past.
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Great book. I could not put it down. I could not read it quickly enough. I am still thinking about it.
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Set in France. Part detective story, part historical fiction, uncovering a family's ancestry.
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A sad tale, but I enjoyed reading the book very much. Quite different from "Girl With The Pearl Earring."
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Love this author. He also wrote Girl With a Pearl Earring.
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Quick good read!
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Very good story although not her best book. I read it in three days so obviously it was good, but I liked Girl with a Pearl Earring best.
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This is Tracy Chevaliers fisrt novel. She writes a book like she is painting a picture.
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A cute,romantic novel that is a fun read. Light reading for the beach!
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To be honest, I wasn't really looking forward to reading this novel. I'd noticed Tracy Chevalier's popularity though, bought the book, and stuck it near the bottom of my TBR pile, thinking that I'd read it when I had nothing else that looked promising. I love a pleasant surprise, and this book was just that. While I wouldn't call it great, I still enjoyed it very much. I figured out how the story was going to end a long time before I actually got there, but it didn't matter...I still found the book to be a definite page-turner. I'm now looking forward to reading more of Chevalier's work.
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novel alternates between Ella's story and that of Isabelle du Moulin 400 years earlier...a common thread emerges that pulls the lives of the two women together in a most mysterious way
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Lots of interesting detail over a 400 year span
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A strange series of events propels a young woman to explore her family's French ancestry. Part detective story, part historical fiction.
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One of the better books i have read. I was living it Italy a few years ago and wanted a book in english to read and picked this up. It became a passion, i couldn't put it down it pulled you in so much! GREAT READ!!
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I love Chevalier's stories. This one I liked as much as "Girl with a Pearl earring".
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This book takes you hand and hand on the journey to discover ancestors within the story. The characters are alive and interwoven.Great story telling.
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A wonderful book and a great book club discussion.
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After reading Girl With a Pearl Earring (and loving it) I picked up this one by Chevalier, hoping to enjoy it as much. Sad to say I did not. I found it OK, but not of the same caliber as Girl With a Pearl Earring.
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well written and researched
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Same type of enchanting story as Girl With a Pearl Earing. I enjoyed this book very much.
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Wow, I didn't think I would like this book, but it's the best one I've read in a long time.
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A story about two women born 400 years apart and the common thread that pulls the lives of the two women together. Part detective story and part historical fiction.
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Very engaging book. I couldn't put it down.
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An *excellent* read! I couldn't put it down!
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Parallel stories, one ancient, one modern, about marital relationships, love, or lack thereof, and infidelity. The 16th century tale, about a woman caught up in the Huguenot persecutions, is the stronger of the 2.
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UNABRIDGED: 9.75 hours on 6 cassettes
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Great historical novel--Chevalier is mystical and wonderful.
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The reader will definately learn more about French culture in this book. For examlple, French women only buy washing machines if they are beginning their family, otherwise it is considered lazy and unnecessary. How interesting and different from American culture! Bring on the modern appliances! There is some French language in the book, which is fun if you know the language, I was able to get in some practice and learn new words!
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Could had a better ending but very good.
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A little disappointed with this book. Ella Turner travels to France with her husband, but becomes bored with daily life so she decides to investigate her French ancestry. The "common thread" which supposedly binds her to a relative 400 years earlier, I found weak. I enjoyed the book, but not at all as much as Girl With a Pearl Earring and Falling Angels.
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I loved this book. Really a page turner.
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Extremely engaging and moving.
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Lovely book
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Fascinating and haunting story! Our book club loved it!
Lindy
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Enjoyed this book very much. A very interesting story.
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Loved this jewel ... for all artsy and romantic types.
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I LOVE the writing style of Tracy Chevalier. Wonderful story.
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I loved this book. Tracy Chevalier has become one of my favorite writers.
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A very enjoyable book.
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Another book by author of Girl With a Pearl Earring.