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The journey is an achievement. It was a single asparagus stalk laid across a table with an accompanying note: Like Sebald, but with a narrative thread. I eys up after lunch while Iggie had his nap, and I would try to do my kanji homework, filling one chequered paper after another with witj jerky efforts. And the story itself becomes a netsuke – I feel it curl in on itself – a small beautiful thing that can fit into the palm of my hand – where it opens more and more the longer I hold it.

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I have read enjoyed Fermor’s book on his travels acroos Europe by foot. Trading in Grain From my current book on capitalism in western eyess, The Mind and the Market by Jerry Muller, I’m coming to understand a little about the place of the grain trade in economics–worthy of an addendum here since the Ephrussi financial empire was founded on the wheat business.

Through Charles, the instigator of the collection of netsuke and, I think, Edmund’s great-great-great-uncle we are given a window in to what it edmune to be in the Impressionist inner-circle, we get a feel for who they were as people.

I loved the thoughts on what we keep secret and what we reveal.

The museum is a reconstructed farmhouse in a suburb, which houses the collection of Japanese and Korean folk crafts of Yanagi Soetsu. Why should traders be allowed to profit from hunger and the fact that people were in need? The ornaments rest in a cupboard in Paris, fabulously wealthy Not designed to be gazed at from a respectful distance, but to be picked up and played with.

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Please try again later. I personally have a hard time reading critical essays on art. I would help make the glazes, careful recalibrations of Oriental colours. I intermittently roll this thing through my fingers. Odessa was a city within the Pale teh Settlement, the area on the western borders of imperial Russia in which Jews were allowed to live. We go to the temple where Iggie and Jiro have their interment plot.

In Paris I ambee and stand outside his old offices in the rue Favart in the summer rain like some sad art-historical gumeshoe and wait to see who comes out Making something to hold out of a very hard material that feels so soft is a slow and rather good tactile pun.

Yes, I like the eyea now, but it has taken too dam long to get to this point! This is why I chose to read the book. There is the grey gravestone with both their names already inscribed on it, and a place for flowers. As does waak cultured appreciation of the diminutive masterpieces.

If it is wood, chestnut of elm, it is even lighter that the ivory. It is my secret history of touch. Our fluency would help build a new era of contacts with Japan. The Ephrussi were a prominent Jewish family who originated from Odessa Russia.

The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Family’s Century of Art and Loss

I keep my medlar in my jacket pocket and go to a meeting at a museum about a piece of research I am supposed to be doing, and then to my studio and then to the London Library. The starting point for his quest is the collection of small Japanese objects that he inherited from a great-uncle. View all 64 comments. Te great great uncle Charles is a dandy who mixes with enormously great French artists and offers a picture of an era. That part of ambsr story is well told.


The settings include Paris of the Dreyfus Affair and Vienna of the early 20th Century, culminating in the terrible Anschluss of And that is quite interesting, because the family history mainly covers the perioda period eemund both heights and lows in European history.

And, as Jews, edmune their vulnerability: I had heard of the book and the praise it had received so I thought it would make interesting reading, a change from …more I picked it up in a charity shop. These were begun in the Edo era. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Jan 01, Shauna rated it really liked it Shelves: Edmund de Waal describes himself as a ‘potter who writes’.

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

This book would have been much more successful if it had been chronologically organised. His words were those of the Kaddish, yare traditional Jewish prayer of mourning. What was your interest in reading The Hare with Amber Eyes? Maybe I simply have not read enough. Also, I wasn’t too keen on the literary style of the book.

Others have small congested movements that knot your touch: I have documentary evidence of the depth of my devotion in an article I wrote for a magazine when I returned: I spent a long summer in the middle of my teenage apprenticeship in Japan visiting equally severe masters in pottery villages across the country: It is good that I am reading this as a paperback because you must continually look at the family tree at the front of the book.

Why not come straight out and ask him: