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Since the author inherited the netsuke collection and some family history you might expect this book to be good. Add to that all the research he did and the wonderful writing skills and you've got a great and fun to read book. Like three degrees of separation from a ton of very famous people.
An Elegant Sojourn
How reassuring for some of us for de Waal to confirm the importance of collecting things over time for the glue those collections provide a family's many generations.
"Hare..." is an elegantly composed paeon to collecting and an elegiac memoir of a spectacularly Successful 19th century Jewish
Family, its dissolution through Nazism, and its ultimate resurrection.
Written in brilliant prose " Hare..." describes an aesthetic that will capture you throughout. And, Its
descriptions of the Anschluss are unique.
The Hare with Amber Eyes
This book is the complete companion for the cultural history of Paris 1871- 1898 and post fin-de-siècle Vienna; the death of liberalism and the era of Facism followed by complete assimilation. It also demonstrates how we mourn greater for the losses suffered by the oligarchy than the suffering of the masses. A beautifully well written family history which tells us more about ourselves than we care to acknowledge.
Miami Music Fan
Edmund de Waal - The Hare with the Amber Eyes
By Viola Sterman
Loved the book!
Edmund de Waal decided to write the history of his ancestors, the Jewish family of the the Enchrussies.
Through the gift of life,
the exclusive and highly estimated collection of Japanese netsukes that symbolically presented the very beginning of the success of the Enchrussie banking family, Edmund inherits the significance of the honor of the "next in line" by accepting and
with that claiming the special rightful ownership of this
inherited gift that seem to claim the underlying emotional
link that ties him to this family of Jewish people whose tradition
is finally severed by his grandmother Elizabeth.
Her life, because of the cruelty of the Nazis, became, instead of more meaningful, so empty and disappointing that she no longer found the Jewish tradition satisfying to live with.
She erased her past by getting rid of all the emotional ties including her correspondence with her Mother to allow her
to continue her life, possibly to allow her to take on
Edmund wonders why he really wrote this book?
What is the real reason?
I wrote above about his claim and the legacy that he accepted
with the gift. I feel that he owed the recognition of his family
and its history to his own self and his own family next in line
so they will be more aware and more sensitive to the bloodline
they came from.
I appreciated the beautiful language, the knowledge and inside
to the depth of the art's history and all that this talented author
(besides outstanding artist) put into the language of this book.