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The Hare With Amber Eyes

A Hidden Inheritance
De Waal, Edmund (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Hare With Amber Eyes


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Traces the parallel stories of nineteenth-century art patron Charles Ephrussi and his unique collection of 360 miniature netsuke Japanese ivory carvings, documenting Ephrussi's relationship with Marcel Proust and the impact of the Holocaust on his cosmopolitan family.
Authors: De Waal, Edmund
Title: The hare with amber eyes
a hidden inheritance
Publisher: New York :, Picador,, 2011, c2010
Edition: 1st Picador ed
Characteristics: 354 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Edmund de Waal
Contents: Paris 1871-1899
Vienna 1899-1938
Vienna Kövecses, Tunbridge Wells, Vienna 1938-1947
Tokyo 1947-2001
Tokyo, Odessa, London 2001-2009
Summary: Traces the parallel stories of nineteenth-century art patron Charles Ephrussi and his unique collection of 360 miniature netsuke Japanese ivory carvings, documenting Ephrussi's relationship with Marcel Proust and the impact of the Holocaust on his cosmopolitan family.
ISBN: 9780312569372
0312569378
Branch Call Number: B-D5152h 2011
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Report This Feb 18, 2014
  • dinkthecat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

In a word: amazing. Unsentimental, clearly written story of a family to evoke Age of Innocence and the Budenbrooks. I could not put it down.

Report This Sep 09, 2013
  • gregorka6036 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Not for me. Can't decide if it's meant to be a biography, an art history lesson or if he decided after the fact that he needed a theme (netsuke) to link together all his research into his family history. Seems like someone told him that he was spending too much time doing this research (and not ceramics) and that he better find a financial outlet for his work!

Report This Jan 09, 2013
  • Drayjayeff rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

De Waal's prose is carefully crafted as his pots (He's a brilliant ceramicist). This is an absorbing and atmospheric memoir. Intensely visual, it would make a great movie.

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