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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial Canada (July 18 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155468644X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554686445
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.6 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #266,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

KATHERINE GOVIER’s novel Creation, about John James Audubon in Labrador, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 2003. She is the winner of Canada’s Marian Engel Award for a woman writer in mid-career and the Toronto Book Award. Katherine has been a visiting lecturer in both creative writing and magazine journalism at York University, Ryerson Polytechnic University and the University of Leeds (England). Visit her online at www.govier.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jinty on Dec 18 2012
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I loved this book. I loved the story of Oei and her struggle to establish her mark in an environment that crushed and destroyed 'uppity' women. I felt like I had been transported for a short while to nineteenth century Japan by Govier's vivid descriptions of life at that time. The story has stayed fresh in my mind for almost two years now and is certainly one of those books you want to read and re-read. I highly recommend it.
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Meditation on Impermanence March 21 2012
By David H. Mattingly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Katherine Govier's The Ghost Brush is a poignant novel about the life of the Japanese painter Oei, daughter of the famous painter Hokusai. This historical novel, which was meticulously researched, will be of high interest to anyone interested in Japanese art and history. Set in the nineteenth century as Japan awkwardly transitions toward modernism, Oei's story unfolds with an enchanting cast of characters, including the surly but admirable Hokusai. At one level this novel is a meditation on the impermanence of life, the futility of trying to fight off old age and the eventual outcome, death. But Oei's voice transcends all of this, leaving the reader with many unforgettable moments. Oei's life is an epic struggle to find her place in the male dominated culture of traditional Japan and to resolve her conflicted relationship with her self-absorbed father. This book is pure poetry. Highly, highly, highly recommended.

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