- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Canada; 1st Edition edition (March 18 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780670066704
- ISBN-13: 978-0670066704
- ASIN: 0670066702
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.1 x 20.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 295 g
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #509,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Extraordinary Canadians: Emily Carr Hardcover – Mar 18 2008
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About the Author
Lewis DeSoto was born in South Africa and studied at what is now the Emily Carr College of Art. His paintings have been widely exhibited across Canada. His acclaimed novel, A Blade of Grass, was nominated for the Man Booker Prize. He lives with his wife in Normandy and Toronto.
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When I started to read this book, I knew very little about Emily Carr. I knew she was a Canadian painter that lived and worked on the West Coast of Canada. She had done paintings with totem poles in them. That was about it. I am not sure I could identify one of her paintings.
The author did cover the major events of her life. He did not go into much detail, I felt, about her life. There were some things I would have liked to know more about. Her meeting with some more established painters were just mentioned. He did have seperate chapters for some parts of her life. There was one chapter devoted to her love life. It was a small chapter.
The author not only dealt with the events of Emily's life, but what was going on in the world of art durring her life, how it changed and how Emily had impact on it. This is the important part of the novel as she did have an impact and it is portant for us, as Canadians to understand and appreciate what she did.
I enjoyed the novel. This was not a long book. It was only 124 pages on my e-reader. I feel it is important to know about people who have a place in history. Emily Carr is such a person as she helped to develop a Canadian style of art.
If you are proud Canadian or a lover of art or history, I recommend the novel.
Apparently her perception of her world was incorrect - her travels are listed and her money problems made light of until you might begin to think that her life was easy. But for me, her own perception of her life is what matters, and someone else's interpretation of her journeys (travelling from Vancouver to Toronto meant that she 'visited' all the cities she went through on the way) is just irritating.
Read Hundreds and Thousands, and then you will see Emily. Skip this one!