The Mask Carver's Son

The Mask Carver's Son

by Alyson Richman
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The Mask Carver's Son by Alyson Richman

Set in turn of the century Japan in the world of the Noh theater, and in Paris during the heady days when French Impressionism was the avant-garde, this heartbreaking, beautifully written novel tells of a young Japanese artist who sacrifices everything: family, love and wealth for his art. A Master Noh mask carver dedicates his life to his art, turning his back on love after a series of tragic events leaves him devastated. Kiyoki, his only son, defies his father and the demands of cultural tradition to follow his dream of becoming a painter in the western style. Kiyoki journeys to Paris, where he lives the life of an exile, unable to break the bonds of tradition, until he finds his heart leads him back to Japan, where he at last discovers himself as an artist.

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ISBN-13: 9780425267264
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 641,001
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

While at college, Alyson Richman won a fellowship which enabled her to research four Japanese Meiji artists who studied Western painting in Europe. Kiyoki is based on the experiences of these men. The Mask Carver's Son is her first novel. She lives in Long Island City with her husband.

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Mask Carver's Son 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having lived in Japan myself, and having visited the country many times, I was really impressed that a first-time author (and such a young author) could capture the conflict between a Japanese artist, with his own hopes and ambitions, and his deep-rooted obligations to his family and to tradition. In addition to giving us a deep, moving story line, Alyson Richman provides us with images so beautiful that I could frequently close my eyes and imagine that I was back in Japan again. There is no doubt in my mind that this novel should be nominated for this year's National Book Awards. What a debut and what a wonderful book!
donnareads911 More than 1 year ago
An engrossing, evocative ready - turn of the century Japanese culture and the artist community. It is the story of family, love - love of the art, love of the heart. Passion subtly underneath the storyline. Lovely!!
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Pitcairn More than 1 year ago
A beautifully written book. The author captured the Japanese culture through her vivid use of words and language. I read the book in one day. I have never been to Japan but I could see the land and the people in their kimono. The story is about family, the continuation of a family heritage and love. Very moving. I have read other books by Ms. Richman and this book is as exceptional as her other books. She is a gifted writer. Highly recommend.
ljmoore More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. It was full of a lot of information about Japanese culture. I wouldn't say it captivated my attention but it was a good story. I think drug on a little in places but overall I would recommend it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I usually limit my leisure reading to poetry and non-fiction, but I was impressed by the young author's delicate lucid prose and haunting images which combine the best of lyric poetry with the insights of a visual artist. Her intelligence and knowledge of Japanese culture lends the book added authenticity. I would highly recommend it to all readers.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This beautifully crafted drama set in late 19th C. Japan and Paris, reminds me somewhat of the rich and lush passages of 'Shogun' in the sense that you feel every texture, every emotion; see every visual, feel every nuance of discovery, of blossoming, every breath of death and despair. A beautiful touch the publisher added is an attached satin book mark. This is necessary to close the book from time to time to dwell on the richness of the images. This is a hauntingly lyrical book with a central character whose life bleeds through the pages. Historical changes seep through the book, setting a rich background for the emotional and heartbreaking tragedies and triumphs of one lonely man's passage through life and an era.