I loved parts of it but was bored by more of it. Did she help him with his writing? But I really don't think the fiction gives those facts the justice it deserves. She is the winner of Canada's Marian Engel Award for a w Katherine Govier is the author of ten novels, three short story collections, and a collection of nursery rhymes. Oei is a strong woman who, perhaps through bad luck of inopportune circumstances or perhaps through bad decisions or some mixture thereof, falls in with bad men who can't I had mixed feelings about this book. Creation was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 2003. The novel takes us through significant moments in her life: her first lover, a marriage with an artist, a quick divorce followed by many years of living with Hokusai.
Philipp Franz von Siebold, the German doctor with the Dutch East India Co. Sometimes they are told as narrative, sometimes as scenes, or slices of life. Here I want to explain my view of the book on completion. He's renown for his output, his focus on the commoners, and his myriad of artistic styles. An interesting view of life in Japan under the rule of the Shoguns. For a full review, visit my book review blog,! I just wanted to savor every word and let the story unfold slowly.
She did marry but divorced her husband and returned home to become her father's apprentice and helper. It was through them that Hokusai's work became known in the west. I had mixed feelings about this book. It is a novel written with passion. The Big Wave, by the 19th century artist Hokusai, is perhaps the single most recognized Japanese work of art. Faced with censorship and hardship, Hokusai was a man shrouded in much mystery.
Although the title suggests that the tale would be all about the relationship of a father and daughter, I did not really suspect that would be almost the entirety of what it was about. The daughter of a famous Japanese artist did most of the work in her father's later years, but he continued to get the credit. The vivid characters bring the story to life, and really were what kept me reading on. I would like to see them in comparison to those we know are painted by her father. If I had one complaint, it would be that there were times when Ei's story became a little heavy in the historical descriptions. Even better, I thought she conveyed accurately the mores of a society that accepted paid courtesans and created characters that seemed authentic, real, and people to whom I could relate.
I always find it a bit contrived when authors write foreign accents in a language different than the ones the book's been written in. It's history turned to fiction, then provocatively and not improbably turned back into history - and it's unforgettable. I love seeing Katherine Govier's at GoodReads? Despite the restrictions imposed on her, she served as a dutiful business partner to her father, keeping his accounts, helping his students, and even secretly completing some of his art projects. I found the writing a little uneven and book a smidge too long at 494 pages, it includes a 24-page Afterward that is marvelous -- probably my favorite part of the whole book -- but some of the sections went on and on. The world we see through her eyes is vividly described with a wonderful attention to detail that helps bring the characters, time and places to life.
. It took me a little while to warm up to this book, but once I got into it I really enjoyed it. But through it all, Oi remained strong and steadfast. I am eager to read more of her ten novels. A little man at the edge of the paper carrying a bucket will be given his humorous face and his odd posture to amuse. I was frustrated with that and with what was lost in the opportunity to capture my imagination with stories and better descriptions of the courtesans.
The book is accompanied by a really good web-site with pictures of the artwork of both Hokusai and Oei. Grovier's writing overall is nice: easy, flowing, descriptive but not ornate, chock full of detail without feeling like a lecture. But as I was reading the story I started to Google the names of paintings and the two main characters. I'm excited to see how she handles Edo Japan - it's a fascinating time and culture. She befriends a courtesan and learns not the art of the pillow, but how to defend herself with a hairpin.
It'z 'cause we're so evil. She marries, divorces, takes lovers, and assists her father in his work while never learning any of the so-called womanly arts of cooking, making tea, sewing, or even cleaning. Govier does a lovely job of showing us Oei's life, and how the social and historical pressures of the time shaped it. The sections about the art were basically the saving grace for me in this book. I found the writing a little uneven and book a smidge too long at 494 pages, it includes a 24-page Afterward that is marvelous -- probably my favorite part of the whole book -- but some of the sections went on and on. Govier weaves the saga of Oei's life into Japanese customs - such as the parade of courtesans, or the shaved eyebrows that signify a married woman - in a fashion that develops an intimacy between the reader, Oei, and this complex culture. It changes between very beautiful and thought provoking, to simplistic.
Something doesn't make sense in assuming that all those pictures signed and stamped with Hokusai's name were truly done by him. By the third slim novel, her method and relating interviews with various strangers on her route had paled on me. They are both fascinated by the goings-on: a street parade of courtesans in their elaborate kimonos and hairdos, prostitutes sitting behind latticed windows suffering the gawks of their potential clients. Not much is known about Oei though it is known she had great artistic talents like her father. And a life and death search to reunite with her one true love.
He is a long lived man, who develops problems that keep him from finishing work. L-a ajutat de mică în atelier, i-a fost complice în tot felul de încurcături, ținînd ascunse de familie inclusiv escapade amoroase ale pictorului, a învățat de la el meșteșugul picturii și a ajuns să aibă la rîndul ei ucenici. She illustrates how the clash between change and the forces of the status quo literally hold Oei hostage, with emotionally wrenching results. But a theory a story does not make. Just what did she do and what did he do and what were in fact forgeries done by apprentices signed without Hokusai's permission? I loved the book and told many of my friends about it so perhaps I thought that I had done enough reviewing. I knew about Japan having a trade relationship with the Dutch beginning in the 17th century, but I had imagined that it terminated at some point because Japan was supposed to be completely closed to foreigners. Since reading this book, I have read 's which gives more information about the Dutch in Japan at this time.