The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance

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Written By: Edmund de Waal

Narrated By: Micheal Maloney

Date: June 2011

Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes

Summary:

A New York Times Bestseller
An Economist Book of the Year
Costa Book Award Winner for Biography
Galaxy National Book Award Winner (New Writer of the Year Award)

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 The Hare with Amber Eyes, this extraordinarily moving memoir and detective story as de Waal discovers both the origins 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.

'To be handed a story as durable and exquisitely crafted as this is a rare pleasure. . . . This book is impossible to put down. You have in your hands a masterpiece.' -The Sunday Times (London)

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  • John Scully

    This is a delicate book, tracing the lineage of one of the great Jewish houses of Europe through the inheritance of Japanese netsuke. It is captivating, spanning multiple generations across the continent of Europe. The subjunctive examination of one's ancestors through research has its moments of tedium, but this is a fascinating work of historical fiction. The narration is very, very good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Lisa S

    This is a beautiful and captivating history of the Eufrussi family in European art world over the last century. It is, researched and written by ceramicist, Edward de Waal. It is beautifully read, as well.

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