The Ghost Brush by Katherine Govier

The Ghost Brush

byKatherine Govier

Kobo ebook | June 1, 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.

Title:The Ghost BrushFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 1, 2010Publisher:Harper PerennialLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1554689910

ISBN - 13:9781554689910

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Ghost Brush The book has an interesting father-daughter dynamic as the daughter, Oei is very loyal to her father. I felt some of the events told were exaggerated in a way that wasn't necessary but otherwise an okay read.
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent and engaging This was a fantastic book which addresses the relationship between father and daughter. Even more engaging, however, it deals with the issues around art, copies, and reproduction. Hokusai is probably the most well known Japanese artist (to Westerners, at least), and yet it is clear that much of his work was completed in a studio, which included multiple artists. My only critique is that I felt at times that Govier was stretching out the story too long, but it could have been a tool used to mimic the relationship Oei had with her father.
Date published: 2017-01-21