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The Hare With Amber Eyes

A Hidden Inheritance
De Waal, Edmund (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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
Subject Headings: De Waal, Edmund Travel Europe Ephrussi family Jewish bankers Europe Biography Jewish businesspeople Europe Biography Art Collectors and collecting Europe Biography Netsukes Private collections England London
Topical Term: Jewish bankers
Jewish businesspeople
Art
Netsukes
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A different kind of family history, written with grace and modesty. After inheriting a netsuke collection from a beloved uncle, De Waal began a detective-like search for their history and the family who handled them. It took him through a banking dynasty in Paris and Vienna, unimaginable wealth, ... Read More »

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Jul 19, 2014
  • callaottawa rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent read and a book I could not put down. Use of the netsuke collection as it moved through the ages and the families that owned it as the underpinning for the story was very effective. Not a kind of book I usually enjoy but stayed with the author right to the very end.

Apr 26, 2014
  • talktimereader rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Historically interesting and well written story around the author,s family history and his relationship to the great European banking families of Ephrussi and Rothschilds.

Author is a renouned English ceramics artist. His exploration into the family possession of a collection of Japanese netsuke figurines, which eventually comes to him, is surprisingly involving and an education.

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.

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!

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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