The Hare with Amber Eyes (Illustrated Edition): A Hidden Inheritance [Edmund de Waal] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The definitive. The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund de Waal. The potter believes in the existential hum of objects, but this tale of a. “It could write itself, I think, this kind of story,” admits De Waal, celebrated ceramic artist and a descendant of the once “staggeringly rich”.

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The children in the family came to play with them and invent stories about them. I had heard of the book and the praise it had received so I thought it would make interesting reading, a change from fiction which is what I usually read. Books by Edmund de Waal.

The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund de Waal: review – Telegraph

That sets up the scene for the painfully vivid account of Austria’s fall to the Nazis, and the horrors of having your house invaded, first by angry young men with their new swastika armbands who bully their way in just to smash things and take what they want.

She is the one that kept me reading the book when I was about to dump it. I used the word ‘indirect’ with purpose, because I think the self-centredness of the family is one of the elements that led to their downfall, a refusal to see the world around them as it is, to see the threats and act responsibly. The eyrs, along with ownership of the netsuke collection, shifts to pre-World War I Vienna and its social whirl, where another branch of the Ephrussi family has also established a foothold in the banking business; their massive mansion occupies a significant site on the Ringstrasse, and their role in the business and socio-economic establishment seems assured.

Accessibility links Ve to article Skip to navigation. Edmund de Waal describes himself as a ‘potter who writes’. Entranced by their beauty and mystery, he determined to trace the story of his family through the story of the collection. Feb 08, Gail rated it really liked it Shelves: How they were given to my mother and father by a cousin in Paris? My first pot was a thrown bowl that I glazed in opalescent white with a splash of cobalt blue.


A netsuke is so light and so small that it migrates and almost and almost disappears amongst your yees and change. Iggie died in soon after I returned to England.

Feb 17, Joyce rated it really liked it Shelves: A few have inlaid eyes of amber or horn. There is nothing wrong with this, but the reader mostly interested in netsuke themselves might be frustrated by the lack of focus specifically on them. Return to Book Page. 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. The view from the window behind him was of cranes.

The cemetery is on a hill behind the temple, each plot marked with small stone walls. However, the author has set out to discover the path edmunv netsuke collection has taken. Emmy took her own life in the Ephrussi country house in Czechoslovakia.

I started out giving Hare with Amber Eyes four stars, but as it settled in, I decided to up it to five stars. De Waal draws his great-grandparents, grand-uncles tje -aunts and the environment in which they lived with many details. Why should traders be allowed to profit from hunger and the fact that people were in need? You will recognize the painting when it is shown in the book.

The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund de Waal

Sometimes I think of all the American Jewish celebrities and scientists today who declare they’re secular or atheist. He thought it was the role of the intellectual to educate the established powers on the free market, which he sometimes spoke of in religious tones. He would tell their story. We all are different; obviously, given all the rave reviews of this book, others feel differently.


Unfortunately, we’re not always privy to those details. And in Vienna the family first experienced the summit of its prosperity and fortune, as one of those typical Central European Jewish generations who did everything to assimilate in the high society of their time, but then were horribly dragged down by the gulf of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust.

About – Writing – Edmund de Waal

Journey into an Obsession. Germany was the land of thinkers and poets “Land der Dichter und Denker”not Austria – etc etc.

Jan 01, Shauna rated it really liked it Shelves: An omelette and salad, and toasted bread from one of the excellent French bakeries in the department edmujd in the Ginza. In Marchthe Ephrussi home was invaded by men in swastika armbands.

What a remarkable experience. Some of the older ones are slightly worn away: The way de Waal writes this book lets us imagine ourselves in each of these time periods while, at the same, giving us insight into the hours upon hours he spent in French and Austrian and London libraries, searching for his family’s past eyea the tiny type of newspaper articles and society columns.

A distracted reader could ponder the book for ages, following threads here and there Afternoons were my own. Then WW1 came and history was drawn into this family’s life.