Three Views of Crystal Water

Three Views of Crystal Water Kindle · of Crystal
  • Hardcover
  • 418
  • Three Views of Crystal Water
  • Katherine Govier
  • English
  • 11 October 2019
  • 000718039X

About the Author: Katherine Govier

Three Views of Crystal Water Kindle · of Crystal three book, views pdf, crystal download, water pdf, Three Views download, of Crystal free, Three Views of Crystal WaterViews of Crystal free, Three Views of Crystal Water PDFKatherine Govier is the author of eleven of Crystal PDF/EPUB ê novels, three short story collections, and a collection of nursery rhymes Her most recent novel is Three Views MOBI :´ The Three Sisters Bar and Hotel HarperAvenue Here previous novel, The Ghost Brush published in the US as The Printmaker s Daughter , is Views of Crystal PDF/EPUB ë about the daughter of the famous Japanese printmaker, Hokusai, creator of The Great Wave Her novel Creation, about John James Audubon in Labrador, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in Katherine s fiction and non fiction has appeared in the United Kingdom, the United States, and throughout the Commonwealth, and in translation in Holland, Italy, Turkey, Spain, Japan, Romania, Latvia and Slovenia She is the winner of Canada s Marian Engel Award for a woman writer and the Toronto Book Award Creation was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in Katherine has been instrumental in establishing three innovative writing programs In , with teacher Trevor Owen, she helped found Writers in Electronic Residence In she founded The Shoe Project, a writing workshop for immigrant and refugee women She continues as the Chair of its Board of Directors In Katherine was made a member of the Order of CanadaShe has edited two collections of travel essays, Solo Writers on Pilgrimage and WIthout a Guide.


Three Views of Crystal WaterThree Views of Crystal Water Kindle · of Crystal three book, views pdf, crystal download, water pdf, Three Views download, of Crystal free, Three Views of Crystal WaterViews of Crystal free, Three Views of Crystal Water PDFSuddenly finding herself motherless at the age of Crystal PDF/EPUB ê of six, Vera is left in the care of her grandfather, who spends long periods away Three Views MOBI :´ at sea, leaving her alone When she reaches her teens, Vera is taken by her grandfather s mistress to a small island in Japan Views of Crystal PDF/EPUB ë The women of the island take her in.

You may also like...

10 thoughts on “Three Views of Crystal Water

  1. Michael says:

    Three Views of Crystal Water has been on my bookshelf for close to 15 years I read it when it was first published and loved every word I always wonder if a novel will hold up over time when I pull it out for a second read many years later In this case, the answer was most decidedly yes.It is ostensibly the story of the ama diving women of Japan and much of the story does revolve around them But it is also the story of the secret world of pearl merchants and the story of Japans ill consider Three Views of Crystal Water has been on my bookshelf for close to 15 years I read it when it was first published and loved every word I always wonder if a novel will hold up over time when I pull it out for a second read many years later In this case, the answer was most decidedly yes.It is ostensibly the story of the ama diving women of Japan and much of the story does revolve around them But it is also the story of the secret world of pearl merchants and the story of Japans ill considered alliance with Hitler All of this plays out as its main character Vera Lowinger Drew endures the loss of her mother and grandfather, finds herself transported to Japan where she becomes by necessity an ama diver for a few years, reunites with the long last father she barely knows and finally carves out a life of her own back in Vancouver, Canada Three Views of Crystal Water showcases Govier s trademark meticulous research and her ability to probe the depths of her characters psyches It is the kind of novel you can settle into and lose yourself inside for a few weeks Every bit as enjoyable a read the second time around

  2. Sue Hunter says:

    Vera is only a child when her mother dies, and her father has long since been absent Her rather colourful grandfather eventually returns from his travels, complete with his Japanese lover, Keiko, a pearl diver Vera lives with them, and visits him daily at work Life settles into a comfortable routine until the grandfather dies After his death it seems that there is no longer any money to support Vera and Keiko Vera writes to her absent father hoping he will take care of her, but she hears no Vera is only a child when her mother dies, and her father has long since been absent Her rather colourful grandfather eventually returns from his travels, complete with his Japanese lover, Keiko, a pearl diver Vera lives with them, and visits him daily at work Life settles into a comfortable routine until the grandfather dies After his death it seems that there is no longer any money to support Vera and Keiko Vera writes to her absent father hoping he will take care of her, but she hears nothing They have to find ways to earn a living, but Vera has no skills or experience, and Keiko has no relevant experience and a poor command of English Their only option seems to be to live in Japan where Keiko can use her experience as a pearl diver There are fascinating accounts of the trials and tribulations of pearl diving, and the camaraderie of the pearl divers and their families Life is lived according to the seasons, with all the community moving to the island from which they dive for several months, then back again when the pearl gathering season is over Vera is the odd one out, the only blonde westerner, but she does eventually connect with another loner.Over the years we watch Vera becoming an adult, and her changing relationships with Keiko and others.Eventually Vera s father turns up, which changes everything.With the anticipated start of World War II it becomes clear that Vera could be in danger.What happens to Vera What happens to Keiko I would definitely recommend reading this wonderful book to find out

  3. May Bletz says:

    I have never heard of this writer and just happened to stumble on this novel It is set in Vancouver in the 1930s and deals with a girlJapanese immigrant family who dives for pearls the novel is apparently well researched and I loved the poetic and delicate language chick lit at its best.

  4. Pamela says:

    I loved this book Sometimes where I m at when I read a book has so much to do with what I thought of it this book was read at one of those times.

  5. Annie Koulouras says:

    Great book, out of print, you may need to order this.

  6. TienvoorNegen says:

    I liked the story, the cultures and history in it Going to look forof Goviers writing

  7. Ernie says:

    Canadian writer Govier set her novel in Vancouver a beautiful city with a view to the Orient and Japan where I first find Vera describing how she, a white European dives for abalone the traditional almost naked way with the women who specialise in this task in the village of Koba in the late nineteen thirties The prolog introduces the lyrical beauty of the crystal water the diver s feeling of weightlessness in the silky touch of the clear waters, the beauty of the waving kelp on the sea floo Canadian writer Govier set her novel in Vancouver a beautiful city with a view to the Orient and Japan where I first find Vera describing how she, a white European dives for abalone the traditional almost naked way with the women who specialise in this task in the village of Koba in the late nineteen thirties The prolog introduces the lyrical beauty of the crystal water the diver s feeling of weightlessness in the silky touch of the clear waters, the beauty of the waving kelp on the sea floor and the proud women of all ages who dive deep with knives in their belts to cut the resisting abalone from the rock After this present tense immediacy, Govier takes me years into the future where 25 year old Vera narrates her memories beginning at age thirteen after the shock of her mother s apparent suicide left her alone on a wharf waiting to inform her grandfather James Lowinger of that fact when he arrived in Vancouver from Japan Her next shock, reflectedby her scandalised neighbours is that her grandfather is accompanied by a young Japanese woman, Keiko.Lowinger, a grey moustachioed, romantic adventurer and pearl dealer does not marry Keiko but nevertheless charms the neighbours and people in the tavern with his stories of his life in the Orient while Vera enjoys the freedom of life in the old port around her grandfather s office in Homer Street, an area of sailors and traders previously forbidden to her by her mother who was also one who feared the sea The office of Lowinger and McBean is presided over by the formidable Miss Hinchcliffe who resents Vera s increasing interest and curiosity about the business and declares that there never was a Mr McBean about whom a mystery develops alongside that about Vera s father Hamilton Drew who has not answered any of the wires and letters concerning the death of Vera s mother and the future of the girl This situation remains when Lowinger dies and Vera whose interest in her grandfather s stories has been further enhanced by her appreciation of his collection of Japanese woodcut prints, especially the three views of crystal water that show the women divers, is again left alone and decides to accompany Keiko who is also a diver, home to that same Crystal Waters island in Japan.Thus the writer sets up an intriguing story told in Vera s viewpoint of another three views of life in Japan in the dangerous period just prior to World War II, interspersed with Lowinger s stories of his part in the history of pearling from Ceylon in 1860, the Persian Gulf and Japan up to the invention by Mikimoto of the method of the cultivation of pearls The mysteries suggested by the woodblock prints divide the novel into three parts where past and present interact and memories intertwine with history Memory where does it go so that, when we try to grasp it, it eludes, but dances back with its smells and sounds, remembered voices only to prove its power, and then retreat Vera endures the loneliness, the harshness of the winters and the poverty of the fishing village made worse by the demands of the Emperor declaring one day of starvation every week to support his army s vicious war in China Everyone obeys andandyoung men are conscripted but not the mysterious sword polisher Ikkanshi whose significance is further signalled by the writer s choice of samurai sword action words as epigraphs for the subsequent chapters Ikkanshi and Vera, as the two isolates of the village are drawn together as Ikkanshi, a London educated diplomat and military officer finds himself explaining Japanese society and the historical importance of the antique sword he is working on in the context of Japan s decline into military fascism.All these complications were conveyed easily to me by this accomplished writer who easily combines the story of Vera s growth to womanhood with the pearling stories, the love stories and the story of Vera s enchantment with the women divers and her successful acceptance in their group, always under the threat of war The ending after the war gave me some disappointment but she always gave me as the reader sufficient encouragement to participate and contribute my own interpretations of the events.This novel is highly recommended Teachers and students in years 11 12 will find it a valuable resource for the across the curriculum Asian perspective of the national curriculum as well as an enjoyable cross cultural reading experience

  8. DubaiReader says:

    Laborious read Generally I love books set in exotic parts of the world and being an historical novel would be a bonus, unfortunately I found this such a laborious read that I frequently questioned myself as to why I was persevering with it It felt like a non fiction book and could have benefitted from severe editing.Vera is a likeable enough character, who finds herself motherless at the age of six Her father s whereabouts are unknown, so she lives with her pearl trading grandfather and his y Laborious read Generally I love books set in exotic parts of the world and being an historical novel would be a bonus, unfortunately I found this such a laborious read that I frequently questioned myself as to why I was persevering with it It felt like a non fiction book and could have benefitted from severe editing.Vera is a likeable enough character, who finds herself motherless at the age of six Her father s whereabouts are unknown, so she lives with her pearl trading grandfather and his young Japanese wife, Keiko It takes a while for the book to reveal who Vera s grandfather is and how he fits into the back story Similarly, we gradually learn her parents identities and who her grandmother was.Keiko had been a pearl diver on a small Japanese island and when Vera s grandfather dies they have no choice but to return there so Keiko can earn a living and support them both Vera is very much a loner to begin with, until she begins to learn a little Japanese and meets a few friendly islanders One of her first friends was the sword polisher, who happens to speak a bit of English from his days in Britain with the Japanese army.The novel covers quite a span of time and the pearl divers return for several summers of pearl diving during the course of the narrative Vera longs to be truly accepted and become a pearl diver herself, but this is controlled by the island s headman.The threat of WWII is looming and questions are asked about Vera s safety amongst the enemy It is therefore sensible for her to return to Canada when her wandering father finally tracks her down and removes her from, what is now, her home.A new era begins as she travels with him and his pearl trading.I read this for a book group and the most interesting outcome was the discussion of pearl diving and the pearls the differences between real and cultured pearls and also the art that was mentioned earlier in the book, ukiyo e.I found the time hopping rather confusing and struggled to finish this book It is interesting in parts but didn t grab me overall My opinion was shared by the members of the book group with the exception of Sue Hunter who has given it a five star rerview on here

  9. Sharon says:

    This a multilayered tale, which begins in Vancouver in the mid 1930s, cutting back and forth in time and space between Panama, Japan, and the Middle East Govier interweaves young Vera Drew s story with that of her grandfather, James Lowinger, the most sympathetic of a feckless lot of pearl mad adventure.The pacing may at times test a reader s patience Govier works in a lode of pearl lore and legend, bizarre accounts of treachery and cruelty And just as she romances the pearl, she mythologizes This a multilayered tale, which begins in Vancouver in the mid 1930s, cutting back and forth in time and space between Panama, Japan, and the Middle East Govier interweaves young Vera Drew s story with that of her grandfather, James Lowinger, the most sympathetic of a feckless lot of pearl mad adventure.The pacing may at times test a reader s patience Govier works in a lode of pearl lore and legend, bizarre accounts of treachery and cruelty And just as she romances the pearl, she mythologizes the ama who dive like sea nymphs bare breasted into the depths of the sea WW2 intervenes in the life of a Canadian girl and the island community of pearl divers where orphaned Vera has found home and love The setting is exotic, and so are the stories about profession chosen by very few and known to few in the world outside the oysters treasure The story gives a history of the skill and dangers of pearl divers everywhere but only in Japan are there Amas ,the special and strong women who chose to follow this risky career I gathered knowledge from this book which was especially poignant since I read it on a flight to Japan but I found the story too multilayered without a clear story line The hard copied book remained on the plane

  10. Shawn Bird says:

    I am not sure what I think of this book It had some lovely descriptive bits, but I found the pace extremely slow I kept wanting something to happen If I hadn t had to read this for book club, I probably would not have ploughed through It has won several awards, and I m trying to figure out why I m sure I could learn something important if I could figure it out The ama are interesting The sword lore was vaguely interesting If I was someone enamoured with Japanese culture I might have enjoy I am not sure what I think of this book It had some lovely descriptive bits, but I found the pace extremely slow I kept wanting something to happen If I hadn t had to read this for book club, I probably would not have ploughed through It has won several awards, and I m trying to figure out why I m sure I could learn something important if I could figure it out The ama are interesting The sword lore was vaguely interesting If I was someone enamoured with Japanese culture I might have enjoyed itI didn t become attached to any of the characters Vera s grandfather was interesting, but he was killed off earlyIt was fine, but I didn t quite get all the gushing praise on the back cover