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I would help make the glazes, careful recalibrations of Oriental colours. Overall, an interesting read of a flawed book.

That is the charming thing about this book, that these small, almost insignificant objects actually meant to hang on a beltin contrast to people, held out in the whirlwind of history.

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The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund de Waal: review

His words were those of the Kaddish, the traditional Jewish prayer of mourning. Especially the period around the second world war, in which everything is taken away from emdund Jewish family, is very moving. Nov 06, S. You have to be persistent with this book and stick with the author; if you do, it will pay off. Of course, anti-Semitism is rife. Muller was meaning to show Burke’s conservatism relative to Adam Smith. Czechoslovakia did not exist beforeso the Ephrussi couldn’t have had a country estate there if anything, before WWI they would probably have ahre of it as Hungary.

The book is a biography of de Waal’s inherited collection of more than pieces of Japanese netsuke, small carved figurines of ivory and wood nowadays you might see knock-offs of these in pawn shops and flea markets but the real deal is, as we learn here, worth a small fortune.

This is therapy for the soul. Hrae strongly feel that Mr. Tbe can’t be the middlemen themselves, or can’t be very good ones.


See and discover other items: I would have been more interested in some detail about the lives of those who made them and the conditions in which they were made; and perhaps some sense of the contrast of fabulous wealth with society around.

It is a very big collection of very small objects. My medlar is just about to go from ripeness to deliquescence.

The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal – review

If anyone out there knows of similar books, LMK! Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: As the I would have enjoyed this book more had I been less familiar with some of edund topics tackled during its first half. Unknown and therefore unchecked by public opinion, without any ‘stake in the country’ and therefore reckless, he sought only to gratify his insatiable appetite for wealth and power Ambfr Emmy pulling him to the window at breakfast to show him an autumnal tree outside the dining-room window covered in goldfinches.

Sometimes, they are more distraction than narrative thread and the need to return to them often bogs the author down; there are, after all, only so many ways to describe the feel of carved wood and only so many times such an image can be made to work as a symbol of patinated memory without the reader feeling that a point is being laboured. The story of the netsuke binds everything together, as de Waal brings the story up to the present. They became objects of interests after when Japan was open to the west.

The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Family’s Century of Art and Loss by Edmund de Waal

He might have considered the Jews of Europe in the s to have been a precedent. I’ve read that, in Germany, society demanded that the contribution of Jews be in terms of what they gave up of Jewishness not what they gave from their wtih.

He would tell their story. Dec 14, Elyse Walters rated it it was amazing. Maybe I simply have not read enough. Such elegies, sepia or otherwise, grow every day more vital. As an ever-present metaphor for human endeavour, I fear they would slowly drive me mad. This book is my journey to the places in which this collection lived. Open Preview See wasl Problem?


The young potter was studying in Japan and every week he lunched with his great uncle. View all 9 comments. I think people know that being a minority in a majority culture has its impact, but when it comes to ourselves we underestimate that kind of impact.

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Not designed to be gazed at from a respectful distance, but to be picked up and played with. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I have a link to her review in the comments below. Discussion for The Hare with the Amber Eyes. Roth nel suo capolavoro “La marcia di Radetzky”.

I missed a major aspect of what Muller The Mind and the Market was getting at in the section I dith in the above paragraph. After the war, after a detour via home country Japan, they ended up with Edmund, himself a well-known ceramist.

It’s like a guided tour of far countries and cultures, and very well done indeed. That will stay with me for ever – to live in such horror.

Belongs on the same shelf with Vladimir Nabokov’s Speak, Memory. Feb 22, Filip rated it it was ok. Religious feeling The reader could get the picture that the Ephrussis were “secular Jews” devoid of religious feeling or attachment to Judaism.