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He brings one netsuke, the hare with amber eyes, with him on all these searchings to reunite it with the things that had all been together in Charles showroom.

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It also seemed greedy: I changed this to two stars. More than that, I want to discover what makes each of these characters tick. The abbot changes a sutra and we offer incense, and Iggie is given his new Buddhist name, his kaimyo, to help him in his next life.

This might sound like nitpicking on my part, but when I read a non-fiction book, I want to be able to trust the facts.

These were begun in the Edo era. Can somebody help me?

It is odd, he said, how some languages are warmer than others. The years or so of their possession by the Ephrussi family corresponds to the families journey from fabulously wealthy bankers forming alliances and business deals which involve massive amounts of money and floating in social circles involving the Emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire hsre assorted high related royals and politicians waaal the hideous reversal of fortunes with the anschluss, the arrival of Hitler and the betrayal of the family along with all the other jewish men, women and children who had been so useful in some situations but now necessary as the traditional scapegoat.


Customers who viewed this item also viewed. I am not quoting, That is the gist. Commerce was necessary and tolerated, including the purchase of grain to feed everybody, but neither merchants nor craftsmen were citizens.

And Freud around the corner, Wittgenstein hanging in there somewhere They looked at the netsuke together and his decision was made for him.

After the Anschluss, the family fled.

The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Family’s Century of Art and Loss

Some people like dry history books. It is a vivid image of covert power, of plotting. So the pogrom was halted, but the fallout was an increase of antisemitic resentment.

Underneath, you can feel the two holes — one larger than the other — where the silk cord would run, so that he netsuke could act as a toggle of a small bag. The focus of this family pained by anti-Semitismis on the inheritance of a large collection of Japanese netsukes. How they were given ghe my mother and father by a cousin in Paris? There is much that causes one to look at art and class and ethnicity in deep ways. Hwre of the things that struck me is that the book is so many things, but, nonetheless, avoids coming across as a hodge-podge or digressing into superficiality.

All that gilding and marble in the house. To me the most horrific thing was small like the netsuke the book centres on – over Jews killed themselves on the night when the Nazis took over in Vienna and went on a rampage of destruction and defilement. De Waal returns to the topic of netsuke intermittently and primarily to move his social history forward.


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De Waal traveled to all the places this family had lived, and did his best to walk in the spaces they walked, look out the windows they did, and endeavor to imagine their lives. He might have considered the Jews of Europe in the s to have been a precedent. This story could have been told so much better and should have been told so much better.

So then I went and read the review of a GR freind who has read this book. That’s not to say that The Hare With Amber Eyes is a ‘weepy’ novel, but we follow this family through their highest and lowest moments so if you find yourself needing to put the book down and have a little cry, it’s okay.

The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal – review

And yet it is hard to feel much sympathy eith The concept of tracing the history of a rich Jewish bankers family through the vicissitudes of a collection of Japanese miniature sculptures, is original and interesting. It is a heady concoction of memoir, history, art, aesthetics and meditation on our relationship with our personal past and with material objects of that past.

Towards the end I was speed reading to witu if there would be any other interesting episodes.