The Mask Carver's Son by Alyson Richman

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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.
 

About Alyson Richman

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Alyson Richman is the author of The Rhythm of Memory, The Last Van Gogh, The Lost Wife, and Swedish Tango. British narrator John Lee has read audiobooks in almost every conceivable genre, from Charles Dickens to Patrick O'Brian. He has won numerous Audie Awards and AudioFile Earphones Awards, and he was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile in 2009.
 
Published January 1, 2000 by New York, Bloomsbury, 2000. 320 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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An occasionally evocative if often amateurish tale of ninth-century Japan and a young painter's longing for art and love.

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Set in Japan and France in the late 19th century, this haunting first novel, steeped in the author's knowledge of Japanese culture, explores the painful sacrifices in two lives dedicated to art. Maste

Jan 03 2000 | Read Full Review of The Mask Carver's Son

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Set in Japan and France in the late 19th century, this haunting first novel, steeped in the author's knowledge of Japanese culture, explores the painful sacrifices in two lives dedicated to art. Maste

Jan 03 2000 | Read Full Review of The Mask Carver's Son

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