Sometimes it’s hard to decide if reading someone else’s blog is a good thing or a bad thing. And when you combine that with one-click purchasing, it can be downright dangerous.
I have just read a wonderful review of The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal over on Eve’s Alexandria. While I had heard the name of it before – mostly because it is such a lovely name – I didn’t know anything about it. Thanks to this review, it is now on my Kindle and I hope to have a chance to read it soon.
Here’s the blurb below, but do go and read the Eve’s Alexandria review as it has so much more detail and personal response to the book.
Edmund de Waal is a world-famous ceramicist. Having spent thirty years making beautiful pots—which are then sold, collected, and handed on—he has a particular sense of the secret lives of objects. When he inherited a collection of 264 tiny Japanese wood and ivory carvings, called netsuke, he wanted to know who had touched and held them, and how the collection had managed to survive.
And so begins this extraordinarily moving memoir and detective story as de Waal discovers both the story of the netsuke and of his family, the Ephrussis, over five generations. A nineteenth-century banking dynasty in Paris and Vienna, the Ephrussis were as rich and respected as the Rothchilds. Yet by the end of the World War II, when the netsuke were hidden from the Nazis in Vienna, this collection of very small carvings was all that remained of their vast empire.