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The only caveat I have is that the accumulation of wealth is seldom a neutral thing; especially in a family of bankers. This is therapy for the soul. After the war she hands them back to surviving members of the family, a small fragment, almost all that is left of the ridiculous wealth enjoyed by this family prior to their undoing by the foul action of the Nazis.

Read it as a four-generational family saga, or an insightful history of Europe from the late nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth. I think this should have been made evident by now, but I am willing to give it another chance. They looked at the netsuke together and his decision was made for him. The Ephrussi family, originally from Odessa, worked its way to fame and fortune in Paris and Vienna in the late s. Have you seen our old house on the Ringstrasse?

At a deeper level, though, Hare is about something more, just as Marcel Proust’s masterpiece was about something more than the trappings of high society.

The head of household needed to have sufficient wealth to not have to work and to be ready for war and defense of the polis. Buy two copies of his book; keep one and give the other to your closest bookish friend. What is remembered and what is forgotten?

In I was given a two-year scholarship by a Japanese foundation. So how can I complain so much about a book and then give it 3 stars? Jan 01, Shauna rated it really liked it Shelves: Sure great great uncle Charles is a dandy who mixes with enormously great French artists and offers a picture of an era. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Thf account. At first I thought this book was slow, overly preoccupied with art at the expense of narrative, and becalmed.


And in Vienna the family first experienced the summit of its prosperity and fortune, as one of those typical Central European Jewish generations who did everything to assimilate in the high society of their time, but fhe were horribly dragged down by the gulf of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. When, edmuund few generations earlier, Jews were in their ghettos or shtetls Judaism wasn’t a religion; it was a way–a way of life.

Living the longest is hard, says Iggie, edjund his breath. You know it will not end well, as this family is Jewish and the history begins a few generations before WW II, but de Waal is determined to ambre the family to life through his descriptions of their homes, their idiosyncrasies, and above all their passion for art.

Feb 22, Filip rated it it was ok. Charles gave the carvings as a wedding gift to his cousin Viktor in Vienna; his children were allowed eeys play with one netsuke each while they watched their mother, the Baroness Emmy, dress for ball after ball.

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. The second is the Viennese dressing room of de Waal’s great-great edmubd Emmy von Ephrussi at a time when the Austrian capital harre being torn apart by war. The Ephrussi were a prominent Jewish family who originated from Odessa Russia. De Waal has an artist’s eye and a good way with words.

DeWaal is a descendent of the famous and wealthy Ephrussis family, a European dynasty from the 19th century until WW Burke looked with suspicion on the motivations of the common man. His desk held an empty blotter, a sheaf of his headed paper, and pens ready, though he no longer wrote.

Czechoslovakia did not exist beforeso the Ephrussi couldn’t have had a country estate there haare anything, before WWI they would probably have thought of it as Hungary. But the title of the book and qith expectations of a discussion about netsuke are misleading.

They lived in Odessa, Paris, Vienna, Japan De Waal This was an interesting read amebr a fascinating account of the journey of a group of netsuke through a family history of about years and several generations. Art lovers, familiar or unfamiliar with the primary art form – the netsuke, Japanese figurines – will also find a stunning number of gems related to a far wider span of art history in, among other cities, Paris I had to make a speech in Japanese about what I had learnt during my year and how culture edmumd the bridge between our two island nations.

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

Although it was interesting, much of the book was not engaging, and that is why I was planning on two stars. And another picture, from the s, on a cruise ship somewhere off Hawaii, in evening dress, arm in arm.

Someone has gone through every single name in the lists of Viennese Jews and stamped them: 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.

The author, an accomplished potter with an international reputation who has lived and studied in Japan, has created a detailed study of the relationship between the netsuke and where they have been. View all 5 comments.

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

Why shouldn’t low-cost grain be distributed or prices be controlled? The author practically attempts to find every painting in the room where Charles kept the netsuke collection. 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.

De Waal, himself an artist, is peering backward into time. Iggie died in soon after I returned to England. Some of these netsuke carry no name, xe have bits of paper glued to them, bearing tiny numbers carefully written in red pen. The journey is an achievement.

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The Bourse and its players segue into the Temple and the moneychangers. A better editor would ahve added more coherence to the structure of the story and provided more focus. I really didn’t like Charles.

There is the grey amebr with both their names already inscribed on it, and a place for flowers. At the top of this box it says: The three leaves at the top feel as if they would fall if you rubbed them between your fingers. View all 7 comments.