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The Ghost Brush by Katherine Govier
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Jul 01, 12

Read from March 15 to July 01, 2012

The Ghost Brush or The Printmakers Daughter by Katherine Govier is set in19th century Japan and is about Hokusai’s daughter. Hokusai was a well-known painter whose works, Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji and The Great Wave, are world renown. Growing up in a time when women were considered a possession, his daughter displayed a strength of character that took her beyond the barriers placed upon her. It is an interesting look into a the cultural dictates of the time and the emerging of a sense of self, which was in constant conflict with the Edo period.

Govier's words are gentle and descriptive, like the delicate brush strokes mastered by the printmakers daughter. It is a wonderful read, I was completely lost in the book. I finished the book on International Women's Day which was fitting, as she said, “New way’s are coming, I have seen over the horizon. There is another way for women.”
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