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READ & DOWNLOAD ´ The Hare with Amber Eyes A Family's Century of Art and Loss The Ephrussis were a grand banking family as rich and respected as the Rothschilds who “burned like a comet” in nineteenth century Paris and Vienna society Yet by the end of World War II almost the only thing remaining of their vast empire was a collection of 264 wood and ivory carvings none of them larger than a matchboxThe renowned ceramicist Edmund de Waal became the fifth generation to inherit this small and exuisite collection of netsuke Entranced by their beauty and mystery he determined to trace the story of his family through the story of the collectionThe netsuke drunken monks almost ripe plums snarling tigers were gathered by Charles Ephrussi at the height of the Parisian rage for all things Japanese Charles had s. After the first few pages I was wondering whether this wa going to be one I would have to wade through as a noble act of bookclub fidelity However its like a walk up a mountain where you are straining up a hill panting and feeling its your duty and then suddenly you brow the hill and there opening out before you is this great vista and you get a second wind and off you go at a cracking pace This is exactly what happened with this really clever concept Edmund de Waal a potter traces the history of 264 netsuke small japanese ornaments made from various woods and stones through their purchase by one of his ancestors in the 1870 s through their journey to Paris Vienna Tunbridge Wells on to a return to Japan and then back to their final resting place in London The 120 years or so of their possession by the Ephrussi family corresponds to the families journey from fabulously wealthy bankers forming alliances and business deals which involve massive amounts of money and floating in social circles involving the Emperor of the Austro Hungarian Empire and assorted high related royals and politicians to the hideous reversal of fortunes with the anschluss the arrival of Hitler and the betrayal of the family along with all the other jewish men women and children who had been so useful in some situations but now necessary as the traditional scapegoatEdmund de Waal has a simple techniue of relating his family history through their relationship to these small ornaments Each one tells a story but each one s story is incomplete open ended His family history shows that The ornaments rest in a cupboard in Paris fabulously wealthyhere they are complete but no they are sent as a wedding present to an eually wealthy austrian branch of the family Here they rest in a beautiful showcase their journey endedno the horror of viennese pogroms threaten them as it destroyed the family And saved by the maid servant they move on again but as a perfect symbol of the family s implosion they move from their enthronement in walnut glass and velvet to their hiding place inside a servant s straw mattress After the war she hands them back to surviving members of the family a small fragment almost all that is left of the ridiculous wealth enjoyed by this family prior to their undoing by the foul action of the Nazis Nevertheless one small side of me is saddened by the fact that the devotion and fidelity of the servant who at risk of her own life preserves this wealth is just accpeted by the family as their right The cruelty and degradation perpetrated on the family in the 1930 s and 40 s was monstrous but prior to that the family themselves struck me as heartless egocentric libertines Living lives of wasteful opulence and insensitive gluttony They did not deserve the terror of course but perhaps their servants and those who saw their flaunting of their wealth did not deserve their poverty either and the family seem uite unable to acknowledge that and indeed the gratitude that they owe to the loyalty of their servants The Great Game The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia like a comet” in nineteenth century Paris and Vienna society Yet by the end of World War II almost the only thing remaining of their vast empire was a collection of 264 wood and ivory carvings none of them Claudette Colvin Twice Toward Justice larger than a matchboxThe renowned ceramicist Edmund de Waal became the fifth generation to inherit this small and exuisite collection of netsuke Entranced by their beauty and mystery he determined to trace the story of his family through the story of the collectionThe netsuke drunken monks almost ripe plums snarling tigers were gathered by Charles Ephrussi at the height of the Parisian rage for all things Japanese Charles had s. After the first few pages I was wondering whether this wa going to be one I would have to wade through as a noble act of bookclub fidelity However its Thrill Me Do Not Disturb like a walk up a mountain where you are straining up a hill panting and feeling its your duty and then suddenly you brow the hill and there opening out before you is this great vista and you get a second wind and off you go at a cracking pace This is exactly what happened with this really clever concept Edmund de Waal a potter traces the history of 264 netsuke small japanese ornaments made from various woods and stones through their purchase by one of his ancestors in the 1870 s through their journey to Paris Vienna Tunbridge Wells on to a return to Japan and then back to their final resting place in London The 120 years or so of their possession by the Ephrussi family corresponds to the families journey from fabulously wealthy bankers forming alliances and business deals which involve massive amounts of money and floating in social circles involving the Emperor of the Austro Hungarian Empire and assorted high related royals and politicians to the hideous reversal of fortunes with the anschluss the arrival of Hitler and the betrayal of the family along with all the other jewish men women and children who had been so useful in some situations but now necessary as the traditional scapegoatEdmund de Waal has a simple techniue of relating his family history through their relationship to these small ornaments Each one tells a story but each one s story is incomplete open ended His family history shows that The ornaments rest in a cupboard in Paris fabulously wealthyhere they are complete but no they are sent as a wedding present to an eually wealthy austrian branch of the family Here they rest in a beautiful showcase their journey endedno the horror of viennese pogroms threaten them as it destroyed the family And saved by the maid servant they move on again but as a perfect symbol of the family s implosion they move from their enthronement in walnut glass and velvet to their hiding place inside a servant s straw mattress After the war she hands them back to surviving members of the family a small fragment almost all that is Vildanden left of the ridiculous wealth enjoyed by this family prior to their undoing by the foul action of the Nazis Nevertheless one small side of me is saddened by the fact that the devotion and fidelity of the servant who at risk of her own The Russo Japanese War 1904 1905 life preserves this wealth is just accpeted by the family as their right The cruelty and degradation perpetrated on the family in the 1930 s and 40 s was monstrous but prior to that the family themselves struck me as heartless egocentric Duffy libertines Living Art of Deception Kate Hanson #2 lives of wasteful opulence and insensitive gluttony They did not deserve the terror of course but perhaps their servants and those who saw their flaunting of their wealth did not deserve their poverty either and the family seem uite unable to acknowledge that and indeed the gratitude that they owe to the Flight of the Clockwork Angels loyalty of their servants

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READ & DOWNLOAD ´ The Hare with Amber Eyes A Family's Century of Art and Loss Eir world beyond recognition Ephrussi and his cosmopolitan family were imprisoned or scattered and Hitler’s theorist on the “Jewish uestion” appropriated their magnificent palace on the Ringstrasse A library of priceless books and a collection of Old Master paintings were confiscated by the Nazis But the netsuke were smuggled away by a loyal maid Anna and hidden in her straw mattress Years after the war she would find a way to return them to the family she’d served even in their exileIn The Hare with Amber Eyes Edmund de Waal unfolds the story of a remarkable family and a tumultuous century Sweeping yet intimate it is a highly original meditation on art history and family as elegant and precise as the netsuke themselves. I started out giving Hare with Amber Eyes four stars but as it settled in I decided to up it to five stars This is a very special book de Waal approaches his extraordinary family history as the artist he is art paintings and especially decorative objects and architecture are all infused with his extraordinary visual and tactile sense I don t use the word extraordinary lightly From the story s beginnings in the shtetl of Berdishev where the Ukraine meets Poland not far from the ancestral home of my own family although all we have in common with the Ephrussi are our roots and our diaspora there are no palaces in European capitals bearing our crest through a crescendo of unbelievable wealth and perhaps even enviable easy communion with the great artists and writers of the day on to the inevitable tragedy that marks all European Jewish stories in the WW2 era through improbably and beautifully a charming gay love story in post war Japan and ending with the perfect and incongruous image of de Waal s father an Anglican clergyman saying Kaddish for his Austrian Jewish mother in an English chapel every phase of DeWaal s family story amazes challenges delights andor saddens Charles Ephrussi is a particularly stunning character To inspire Proust and have had walk ons in Renoir paintings If you have read Proust learning about Ephrussi and his relationship to his art and to his Jewishness will give new texture to Swann and the world he and Proust s narrator move in If you haven t read Proust this book will probably make you want to It certainly made me want to re read Swann s Way and to search out many of paintings discussed But as exhilarating as those scenes of Paris mondanity are and as heartbreaking and infuriating the World War II chapters are Austria refusing to return property because it was the first victim of the Nazis it s De Waal s contemplative searching sometimes meandering voice that really gets under your skin and lets you see objects and textures through his eyes I dreamed of some of his imagery while reading this book that s how rich the relationship to vision is in his writing and I finished the book with an insatiable craving to see and handle a netsuke Highly recommended

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READ & DOWNLOAD ´ The Hare with Amber Eyes A Family's Century of Art and Loss Hunned the place set aside for him in the family business to make a study of art and of beautiful living An early supporter of the Impressionists he appears oddly formal in a top hat in Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party Marcel Proust studied Charles closely enough to use him as a model for the aesthete and lover Swann in Remembrance of Things PastCharles gave the carvings as a wedding gift to his cousin Viktor in Vienna; his children were allowed to play with one netsuke each while they watched their mother the Baroness Emmy dress for ball after ball Her older daughter grew up to disdain fashionable society Longing to write she struck up a correspondence with Rilke who encouraged her in her poetryThe Anschluss changed th. This was an interesting read and a fascinating account of the journey of a group of netsuke through a family history of about 140 years and several generations The journey moves from Paris to Vienna across Europe through Nazism and to JapanDe 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 The descriptions of furnishings and the decorative aspect of the grand residences are sumptuous De Waal has an artist s eye and a good way with wordsThe account of the rise of Nazism the Anschluss and the dismantling of the family s fortunes give a clear and frightening first hand account of the horrors of the 1930s and the war Their fortunes reflect those of many wealthy Jewish families at that time De Waal has put together his family history well The only caveat I have is that the accumulation of wealth is seldom a neutral thing especially in a family of bankers I would have been interested in some detail about the lives of those who made them and the conditions in which they were made and perhaps some sense of the contrast of fabulous wealth with society around I felt a little uncomfortable that the servants were just referred to by their first names did anyone know their surnames On the whole it was a fascinating journey and one I enjoyed


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    EBOOK/PDF The Hare with Amber Eyes A Family's Century of Art and Loss After the first few pages I was wondering whether this wa going to be one I would have to wade through as a noble act of bookclub fidelity However its like a walk up a mountain where you are straining up a hill panting an

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    READ The Hare with Amber Eyes A Family's Century of Art and Loss FREE READ Ì BUILTBYAJ.CO.UK ´ Edmund de Waal Edmund de Waal ´ 1 READ & DOWNLOAD At first I thought this book was slow overly preoccupied with art at the expense of narrative and becalmed By the end the author's view as artist illumined the narrative and its characters who are several past generations of his family As all the summaries and reviews say the generation of his great grandfather were a wealthy Jewish banking and grain exporting dynasty in Paris and Vienna and around Europe and also art collectors and patrons

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    READ The Hare with Amber Eyes A Family's Century of Art and Loss Edmund de Waal ´ 1 READ & DOWNLOAD EBOOK/PDF The Hare with Amber Eyes A Family's Century of Art and Loss I would have enjoyed this book had I been less familiar with some of the topics tackled during its first half Namely the Paris and Vienna of th

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    EBOOK/PDF The Hare with Amber Eyes A Family's Century of Art and Loss READ The Hare with Amber Eyes A Family's Century of Art and Loss There are many excellent reasons for reading The Hare with Amber Eyes Its author Edmund De Waal is known to the world as a fine ceramic artist

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    EBOOK/PDF The Hare with Amber Eyes A Family's Century of Art and Loss This was an interesting read and a fascinating account of the journey of a group of netsuke through a family history of about 140 years and several generations The journey moves from Paris to Vienna across Europe through Nazism and to JapanDe 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 The descriptions of furnishings and the

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    READ The Hare with Amber Eyes A Family's Century of Art and Loss EBOOK/PDF The Hare with Amber Eyes A Family's Century of Art and Loss Edmund de Waal ´ 1 READ & DOWNLOAD Oh my good Lord what did I do that you put me through the torture of reading that book?Did I like it? NoIt is a story of the authors family in a blindly tunnel vision view of how everyone was out to get his Jewish family as they rose to the pinnacle of society in the Austrian empire survived or less as well as anyone else did in the 2nd world war and on to his gay uncles exploits in JapanWith such wonderful chapter starters as It wasn't j

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    EBOOK/PDF The Hare with Amber Eyes A Family's Century of Art and Loss I started out giving Hare with Amber Eyes four stars but as it settled in I decided to up it to five stars This is a very special book – de Waal approaches his extraordinary family history as the artist he is

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    EBOOK/PDF The Hare with Amber Eyes A Family's Century of Art and Loss I have just finished The hare with amber eyes I thought it was one of the most stunning books I'd ever readThe language is wonderful The stories in France where Renoir and Proust just pop in as part of the 'scene'

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    Edmund de Waal ´ 1 READ & DOWNLOAD FREE READ Ì BUILTBYAJ.CO.UK ´ Edmund de Waal EBOOK/PDF The Hare with Amber Eyes A Family's Century of Art and Loss There is so many 'details' in this family memoir written by an illustrious authorartist The title of this book is a 'netsuke' It is one of the many such objects small valuable Japanese miniatures that had semi practical use in Japan when men wore Kimonos They became objects of interests after 1854 when Japan was

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