Three Views of Crystal Water

Three Views of Crystal Water On a rainy afternoon in young Vera Lowinger Drew waits at a Vancouver port for her grandfather s ship to dock The motherless girl is the last of a pearling dynasty and for generations the men

  • Title: Three Views of Crystal Water
  • Author: Katherine Govier
  • ISBN: 9780006393849
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Paperback
  • On a rainy afternoon in 1934, young Vera Lowinger Drew waits at a Vancouver port for her grandfather s ship to dock The motherless girl is the last of a pearling dynasty, and for generations, the men in her family consumed by the promise of fortune have abandoned their women to plunder riches on the ocean floors of the South Seas But today, James Lowinger comes ashore fOn a rainy afternoon in 1934, young Vera Lowinger Drew waits at a Vancouver port for her grandfather s ship to dock The motherless girl is the last of a pearling dynasty, and for generations, the men in her family consumed by the promise of fortune have abandoned their women to plunder riches on the ocean floors of the South Seas But today, James Lowinger comes ashore for what is supposed to be the last time with a young Japanese woman on his arm.Fate brings Vera back into the dangerous and beautiful world of the pearl on the shores of a small Japanese island There, Vera comes to womanhood among the ama , women divers who teach her their secret art But when war turns her friends into the enemy, she is forced to leave her island home and return to the safety of Canada , abandoning the sisterhood of the ama and the possibility of love.Three Views of Crystal Water comes alive with emotional and historical depth to illuminate both our desire to possess and our need to belong.

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    • 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 [...]

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • TienvoorNegen says:

      I liked the story, the cultures and history in it. Going to look for more of Goviers writing!

    • Annie Koulouras says:

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

    • 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 se [...]

    • 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 yo [...]

    • 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 mytholog [...]

    • 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 [...]

    • Jessie(Ageless Pages Reviews) says:

      And I really did want to give this one a try. Oh well - makes room for another book.

    • Jenn says:

      I was one of the first to get this book in First Look, but had a really hard time with it. I'll try again sometime as I heard it's very good.

    • Becky Daniels says:

      I learned about Peal Diving from this book. Brave characters.

    • Marni says:

      This book had some interesting information about pearl diving, but I was unable to make myself finish it. I made it through half the book.

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