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 recounts her life with one of the great eccentrics of the 19th century. Dodging the Shogun?s spies, she and Hokusai live amongst actors, novelists, tattoo artists and prostitutes, making the exquisite pictures that define their time. Disguised, they escape the city gates to view waves and Mount Fuji. But they return to enchanting, dangerous Edo (Tokyo), the largest city in the world. 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, ultimately, steals her future. A breathtaking work of imagination, The Ghost Brush illuminates the most tender and ambiguous love of all?that between father and daughter.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2010.
ISBN: 9781554686438
Characteristics: 398 p. :,col. map ;,23 cm.
Alternative Title: The printmaker's daughter.


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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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