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About – Writing – Edmund de Waal
De Waal returns to the topic of netsuke intermittently and primarily to move edmud social history forward. You will recognize the painting when it is shown in the book. De Waal has an artist’s eye and a good way with words.
They are always asymmetric, I think with pleasure. Charles bought the netsuke during the craze for Japonisme. This painting he gives to Charles. There is much that causes one to look at art and class and ethnicity in deep ways. I hope that writing this book would help me out of my own deep, congested infatuation with the country.
Back to The Ed,und with Amber Eyes: What a remarkable ambwr. She says the book is not about a collection of objects but about the people tied to this collection. There is the cremation, and we gather together and the ashes are brought out, and in turns a pair of us pick up long wqal chopsticks and put the fragments of unburnt bone into an urn. Perhaps everything does not have to come to light, does not need to be explained.
The book offered too much interesting information to only give one star. She hid them in her …more Anna, Emmy’s maid, was able to save them while she was forced under the Nazi’s to help pack up the Ephrussi family possessions. The author, an accomplished potter with an international reputation who has lived and studied in Japan, has created a detailed study of the relationship between the netsuke and where they have been.
But at Viktor’s home, they were equally out of place. For the heads of household to engage in commerce was seen as placing them in competition, which could interfere with their cooperation and readiness for war.
Just because you have it does not mean you have to pass it on. I loved the thoughts on what we keep secret and what we reveal.
The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Family’s Century of Art and Loss
I found these chapters extremely dry. Apr 10, Sherwood Smith added it Shelves: Bad Ischl, Kovecses, Vienna. This book would have been much more successful if it had been chronologically organised. Commuters stood at the pedestrian crossing, the busiest in the world, to catch sight of the screens showing wiyh Nikkei Stock Index climbing eues and higher. The vitrine and its homely curiosities — netsuke were originally designed as toggles — were banished to her dressing room, where, in due course, her children would play with them while she chose her jewellery.
If it is wood, chestnut of elm, it is even lighter that the ivory.
But the promise was never fulfilled because of the way the author chose to tell hade story. De Waal’s family history is fascinating and I was particularly interested in the link to Proust and Great Great Uncle Charles being the model for Swann. As the I would have enjoyed this book more had I been less familiar with some of the topics tackled during its first half. It is a story about immediacy, sensuality, and beauty as well as anguish cased by world events. Ve think this should have been made evident by now, but I am willing to give it another chance.
The ending is tremendous. And I think the story will be become suspenseful when the collection must be hidden during WW2. The Ephrussi were a prominent Jewish family who originated from Odessa Russia. And I find that I have fallen for Charles. It was a the brutal destruction in Vienna in — I tried to imagine being in wyes authors shoes –researching his own history — the wealthy-famous family which he efmund connected – a lessor known artist himself There are netsuke in this collection.
A better editor would ahve added more coherence to the structure of the story and provided more focus.
The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Family’s Century of Art and Loss by Edmund de Waal
A book to savor. Dr know edmudn maid smuggled them away but I forgot the part in between that and Iggie in Japan. I have a link to her review in the comments below.
Their cool, insistently formal, abstract beauty contrasted curiously, I thought, with the intricate carving of the netsuke he describes in his book, and with its emotional intensity. I can imagine that this is different for other people and it is rather the expression of the figure at that moment that appeals: