The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss
An Economist Book of the Year Costa Book Award Winner for Biography Galaxy National Book Award Winner (New Writer of the Year Award)Edmund de Waal is a world-famous ceramicist. Having spent thirty years making beautiful pots—which are then sold, collected, and handed on—he has a... show more
An Economist Book of the Year Costa Book Award Winner for Biography Galaxy National Book Award Winner (New Writer of the Year Award)Edmund de Waal is a world-famous ceramicist. Having spent thirty years making beautiful pots—which are then sold, collected, and handed on—he has a particular sense of the secret lives of objects. When he inherited a collection of 264 tiny Japanese wood and ivory carvings, called netsuke, he wanted to know who had touched and held them, and how the collection had managed to survive. And so begins this extraordinarily moving memoir and detective story as de Waal discovers both the story of the netsuke and of his family, the Ephrussis, over five generations. A nineteenth-century banking dynasty in Paris and Vienna, the Ephrussis were as rich and respected as the Rothchilds. Yet by the end of the World War II, when the netsuke were hidden from the Nazis in Vienna, this collection of very small carvings was all that remained of their vast empire.
Publish date: August 2nd 2011
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
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Edmund de Waal's book traces the history of an art collection from the nineteenth century through today. My reaction to the book is a combination of wanting the story to move faster and wanting to know more.Read my full review at: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com/2014/01/hare-with-amber-eyes.h...
I was intrigued by the title of this book which, ultimately, is what made me pick it up once I saw it on one of the tables of a bookstore. My general rule is that if a book interests me I will first read it at the library and then, if I really love it and know I'll definitely want to reread it in th...
Part family history, part European history and all centred around netsuke, small Japanese figures.
The Hare with Amber Eyes is one of the most original books I have ever read.It was a compulsory read for an auto/biography course I'm taking and I can see how it will spark intriguing discussion when we get to talking about it (if people dare speak up this time, that is..) It is hard to define what ...