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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (July 26 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155468644X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554686445
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #328,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Katherine Govier’s most recent novel, The Ghost Brush, was published in the United States as The Printmaker’s Daughter, and in translation in Romania, Spain, Quebec and Japan. Her novel Creation was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 2003. She has won the Marian Engel Award and the Toronto Book Award, and has twice been nominated for the Trillium Book Award. The author of twelve books, Katherine divides her time between Toronto, Ontario, and Canmore, Alberta.

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This was a fascinating look at a Japanese woman's role in the nineteenth century. It also gives a lot of insight into Japan at the time, under the shogun and the influence of western nations. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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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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HASH(0xa3c3203c) out of 5 stars Meditation on Impermanence March 21 2012
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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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