The Printmaker's Daughter: A Novel
Publish date: 2011-11-22
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 512
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, 19th Century
, Asian Literature
Another book in the genre of women-associated-with-famous-men-of-history. I guess I do like this genre - I keep reading books in it!I have to admit, it took me a while to get into this book. I see from the other reviews that I'm not the only one - I didn't find the portrayal of our main character, O...
Three stars and a 'read' tag because I made it almost to 60%; it just shouldn't require this much effort to read. As is indicated by the three stars instead of a 1 or a 2 as I was tempted, there are several redeeming aspects to The Printmaker's Daughter. The relationship between Hokusai and Oei is m...
Pulling from history, and adding it's own spin, The Printmaker's Daughter tells the story of Ei Katsushika, the third daughter of Hokusai Katsushika. For those of you who may be fans of Japanese art, or of their rich history, this name will ring a bell. Hokusai was a famous artist at the end of an e...
I couldn't be more unfamiliar with 19th century Japan, but from the first page, Govier plunks the reader in the rich, seedy, struggling world of Edo, where the common people are forbidden to own pictures, maps, or books, and artists make catalogs of courtesans and paint Westerners in secret. Our na...
Nineteenth century Japan is an era most equate with the end of an era. Japan saw the end of the shogun and samurai as it became open to the West. Although it was the end of many cultural practices and traditions, many beautiful artisans were introduced to the West. One such artist was Hokusai. The P...