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Tom Thomson: Trees [Hardcover]

Joan Murray
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Dec 2 1999

Focuses on one series in his work—trees.


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0 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Readable If Not Terribly Insightful... Aug. 19 2003
Format:Hardcover
Having read numerous travelogues of Japan in the past few years, I began to despair that each one felt that it had a need to carve out a specific niche in the realm of travel writing on Japan. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, but it does lead to increasingly stranger ideas for armchair travel.
As a result, I found it a nice touch that "Japan Diaries" is essentially a transcribed daily journal of two month-and-a-half to two-month trips taken to Japan across a ten-year stretch (1987 and 1997). Without being condescending or offering "the key" to understanding Japan (as far too many Japan travelogues try to do), this book offers a very readable, very day-to-day view of visiting and living in Japan - especially when you come to the country with minimal first-hand experience with Japan itself.
However, if it doesn't offer an arrogant viewpoint it's also not the most insightful book on Japan, either. Not that the author doesn't work hard to give a good background on the various things she talks about - and to be very clear to lay out her own biases in everything she talks about - but she also occasionally fails to understand what's going on around her, such as the background reasons for why foreigners find it so hard to rent an apartment in Japan.
On the whole, though, this is definitely light, interesting reading, perfect for a couple of days on the beach or a long airplane flight. Sherman does as good a job as anyone else I've read of making you feel like you were taking the trip with her. And when it comes down to it, isn't that what travel writing's really all about anyway?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Thomson: Trees May 31 2009
By Elizabeth Sandia - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a fan of the Canadian Group of Seven which Mr. Thomson was a part until his early and untimely and mysterious death. This book is a gem - filled with so many of his small studies painted in remote areas north of Toronto. Colorful, experimental for his time, very inspirational.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Thomson: Trees Sept. 29 2009
By Everyday Jane - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is great. Thomson was a wonderful artist, and the book has a very good collection of his work. The price was right, and it took a very short time to get to me.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Oct. 25 2011
By Mary B. Stephenson - Published on Amazon.com
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Love this book - nice overview of Thompson's life with a focus on his tree paintings. I pick it up periodically for inspiration and it makes a great gift,
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent condition Nov. 27 2010
By Joyce Leddy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am extremely happy with my book. I don't believe there are many copies of this book in the United States and Amazon probably had to go to Canada for it. It took a little longer than usual to receive my shipment but I am happy non the less.
4 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Readable If Not Terribly Insightful... Aug. 19 2003
By Carl Malmstrom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Having read numerous travelogues of Japan in the past few years, I began to despair that each one felt that it had a need to carve out a specific niche in the realm of travel writing on Japan. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, but it does lead to increasingly stranger ideas for armchair travel.
As a result, I found it a nice touch that "Japan Diaries" is essentially a transcribed daily journal of two month-and-a-half to two-month trips taken to Japan across a ten-year stretch (1987 and 1997). Without being condescending or offering "the key" to understanding Japan (as far too many Japan travelogues try to do), this book offers a very readable, very day-to-day view of visiting and living in Japan - especially when you come to the country with minimal first-hand experience with Japan itself.
However, if it doesn't offer an arrogant viewpoint it's also not the most insightful book on Japan, either. Not that the author doesn't work hard to give a good background on the various things she talks about - and to be very clear to lay out her own biases in everything she talks about - but she also occasionally fails to understand what's going on around her, such as the background reasons for why foreigners find it so hard to rent an apartment in Japan.
On the whole, though, this is definitely light, interesting reading, perfect for a couple of days on the beach or a long airplane flight. Sherman does as good a job as anyone else I've read of making you feel like you were taking the trip with her. And when it comes down to it, isn't that what travel writing's really all about anyway?
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