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Hundreds and Thousands

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Emily Carr’s journals from 1927 to 1941 portray the happy, productive period when she was able to resume painting after dismal years of raising dogs and renting out rooms to pay the bills. These revealing entries convey her passionate connection with nature, her struggle to find her voice as a writer, and her vision and philosophy as a painter.
Paperback, 332 pages
Published December 1st 1986 by Irwin (first published 1966)
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Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have rarely encountered as beautiful a soul as the one Emily Carr lays bare in her personal writings. This book is remarkable in so many ways--it illuminates Carr's philosophies of art, her position in society and the artistic community of the day, and above all her continuous growth as an artist and as an individual. Brave and insightful, strong yet vulnerable, Carr kept both humility and a thirst for new understanding, new perspectives about the world, alive and thriving in an aging body rig ...more
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, more so than any of the other books I've read about or by Emily Carr because in this book she talks about her painting process and her intensely spiritual motivation when painting...she is also such an amazingly honest and forthright person, someone I would have loved to meet. As I read I look up the painting she is discussing at any given section so it is slow reading for me but very worthwhile. I wish I could afford to buy the illustrated version of this book. ...more
Sep 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art, biographies
I bought this first edition hard cover in Toronto, I believe. I kind of shudder to myself to think that YES, I marked it up. Fortunately, I am not a book collector in that sense of the word.
Here is my review, again, written awhile ago, after I had just experienced the raw Emily...
This was her "private journal" and through reading it, it was like she was alive and I got to know her personally, I got to know things which made me ashamed to know at times ( I just had to think of my own journal and
Andrea Carter
Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a journey. She struggles and persists in her efforts to express pure spirit, 'God' she calls it. What an inspirational woman. And what a pleasure to be able to read her journals, chronicles of everyday things, deeper thoughts, relationships, reactions to critique, inspiration from others. She writes so precisely, peeling things back. ...more
May 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found reading this book comforting because it relates to how I feel about the local environment growing up in BC. I would strongly recommend this book.
Rosalie Warren
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to read more of Emily Carr's writing...

... As well as see more of her paintings. She writes as she paints, with honesty, compassion and a deep respect for both the human and the natural world. Also with humour, humility, a deep love of her homeland (British Columbia) and its forests, shorelines and skies. And the art and culture of its First Nations people. She paints wonderful old cedar trees, young dancing pines. She writes about her daily life - difficult sisters, affectionate pets, de
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this to prepare a sermon on Carr's painting, "Indian Church." Her work is controversial, of course, for its cultural appropriation of First Nations art and iconography. I get that. Still, her journals reveal a very human, very earnest, very likeable person. I've not read journals before--but this was very interesting. ...more
Nancy Thormann
Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I had to struggle to get through this book. There's only so much you can read about rain, mud, and camping before you get bored stiff. It's true that Emily Carr had to struggle as an artist - most artists do. It gets a bit tedious reading about the struggles on page after page after page. I enjoyed her other books much better. ...more
Mel Luna
Nov 30, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just couldn't get into this. She drove me nuts. I stopped after page 67. ...more
Tarah Patterson
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s something for the artist in everyone’s life and the process of getting things done her way on her terms
Terry P
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An astounding woman, artist and author revealed. Her amazing struggle to pursue her art and vision is so engrossing and inspiring. Working away in a stultifying vacuum of lack of appreciation and total lack of understanding of her vision and modern art. An honest account of her self doubt and journey. Please make a movie of Emily Carr's life. We need to share this amazing woman's story to new generations. Also her books.Emily Carr ...more
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Emily Carr (December 13, 1871 – March 2, 1945) was a Canadian artist and writer heavily inspired by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. One of the first painters in Canada to adopt a post-impressionist painting style, Carr did not receive widespread recognition for her work until later in her life. As she matured, the subject matter of her painting shifted from aboriginal themes ...more

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