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Yanagi, a philosopher, art historian and poet, had evolved a theory of why some objects — pots, baskets, cloth made by unknown craftsmen — were so beautiful. A library of priceless books and a collection of Old Master paintings were confiscated by the Nazis.

Especially the period around the second world war, in which everything is taken away from this Jewish family, is very moving. After the war, she travelled to Vienna to discover what remained of the family’s possessions.

Did I tell you, he would say, how much we loved these as children?

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

The collection was purchased in Paris by his great uncle Charles. I know the maid smuggled them away but I forgot the part in between that and Iggie in Japan. Despite the growing tension there is detachment at play. De Waal draws his great-grandparents, grand-uncles and -aunts and the environment in which they lived with many details.

Each one tells a story but each one’s story is incomplete, open-ended; His family history shows that. The Hare with Amber Eyes: So what do you miss, wiht you are old and not living in the country you were born in? For the classical Greeks, unlike the Christian theologians, wealth wasn’t evil. I loved the thoughts on what we keep secret and what we reveal. Here the grain was stored in his warehouses before being exported across the Black Sea, up the Danube, across the Mediterranean.


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

Also, I wasn’t too keen on the literary style of the book. Living lives of wasteful opulence and insensitive gluttony.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. For the heads of household to engage in commerce was seen as placing them in competition, which could interfere with their cooperation and readiness for war.

Some people don’t mind if it takes many pages to really get into a book, to discover what it is about. She hid them in her …more Anna, Emmy’s maid, was able to save them while she was forced under the Nazi’s to help pack up the Ephrussi family possessions. I always wanted to go with him, but he never took me. Objects have always been carried, sold, bartered, stolen, retrieved and lost.

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. Czechoslovakia did not exist beforeso the Ephrussi couldn’t have had a country estate there if anything, before WWI they would probably have thought of it as Hungary. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. And I find that I have fallen for Charles. There is a wooden netsuke of a seated man holding a gourd between his feet.

The Hare with Amber Eyes is the history of a collection of miniature 18th Japanese figurines called netsuki and the biography of the various owners of the collection. There are netsuke in this collection. When an artist’s Jewish patron was supporting him at the level to which that artist had become accustomed, everything was hunky dory, but, if not, it was because the patron was giving precedence to “Jew art.

The essential gift book for any pet lover – real-life tales of devoted dogs, rebellious cats and other unforgettable four-legged friends. Why shouldn’t low-cost grain be distributed or prices be controlled? A better editor would ahve added more coherence to the structure of the story and provided more focus. They are not fragile.


There is, as before, a lot of description, now about Vienna rather than Paris. But such anecdotes, prettified over time, obscure as well as reveal and this worries him he’s always worrying. Dec 14, Kathy Turner rated it it was amazing. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal – review

Maybe I simply have not read enough. Their family and extended familial financial empire exist in Austria, Russia, France, and England. Perhaps the paperback edition of the book omitted the detailed photos of the objects and this skewed my eges. There are clues at the end, albeit subtle, that the reader could be wrong.

At first I thought this book was slow, overly preoccupied with art at the expense of narrative, and becalmed. I strongly feel that Mr.

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It is January How they were given to my mother eeys father by a cousin in Paris? The renowned ceramicist Edmund de Waal became the fifth generation to inherit this small and exquisite collection of netsuke. Unknown and therefore unchecked by public opinion, without any ‘stake tue the country’ and therefore reckless, he sought only to gratify his insatiable appetite for wealth and power It may be the art geek in me, but it feels as though I have an intimate friend who’s a celebrity.

English Choose a language for shopping. Edmund de Waal has a simple technique of relating his family history through their relationship to these small ornaments. Oct 18, Peter Clothier rated it it was amazing. In his view, they expressed unconscious beauty because they had been made in such numbers that the craftsman had been liberated from his ego.

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