The Ghost Brush

The Ghost Brush

Book - 2010
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Oei is the daughter of the great Japanese printmaker Hokusai. Long consigned to a minor role as gloomy sidekick, she is barely a footnote in the historical record.

Here, Oei tells her story, plunging us into 19th-century Edo, a brilliant, colourful world in which courtesans rub shoulders with poets and artists consort with warriors, and in which the arts flourish despite a repressive political regime. Dodging the Shogun's spies, Oei and Hokusai live amongst actors, novelists and prostitutes, making the exquisite pictures that define their time. Disguised, the pair escapes through the city gates to view waves and Mount Fuji. But they return to enchanting, dangerous Edo, the largest metropolis in the world.

She does not cook or sew and she is not beautiful, but Oei has her secret joys. Wielding her brush, Oei defies all expectations of womanhood -- all but one. She is dutiful until death to the exasperating father who created her and who, ultimately, steals her future.

Both a feat of scholarship and a breathtaking work of imagination, The Ghost Brush shines fresh light on the very contemporary issues of authorship and masterworks. But above all it illuminates the most tender and ambiguous love there is -- that between father and daughter.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2010
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781554686438
Branch Call Number: FIC Govie 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 398 p


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Nov 15, 2012

wow! This is one of those rare books that take you away to a magical place which in the end, you never want to leave. ATTENTION FILM MAKERS : THIS BOOK BEGS TO BE TRANSLATED INTO THE VISUAL ARTS!!! A real winner.

Feb 18, 2011

I liked this tromp through the art world of Japan, the fading days of the closed-society Edo period. Of course, the star is Oei, daughter of the famous printmaker Hokusai. The character is wonderful as Govier becomes the "ghost" bringing Oei to life and back to a place in history, with this novel.

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