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The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

An incredible story that will appeal to art and literature lovers

As someone who rarely (if ever) reads non-fiction, I found myself sucked into Hare with Amber Eyes. Literary and artistic allusions abound - the narrator's grandmother had an ongoing correspondence with poet Rainer Maria Rilke, his great grand uncle was the model for Pr...
As someone who rarely (if ever) reads non-fiction, I found myself sucked into Hare with Amber Eyes. Literary and artistic allusions abound - the narrator's grandmother had an ongoing correspondence with poet Rainer Maria Rilke, his great grand uncle was the model for Proust's Swann and one of the first backers of the Impressionists, etc. Highly recommended.

posted by MattMullin on May 20, 2011

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5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Fascinating, beautifully written, informative

A fascinating story of the history of one very successful Jewish family from about mid 1800's to post WWII, including their experience with Nazism, related by following the movement of their art works in this time period.

posted by 173787 on April 23, 2012

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  • Posted May 20, 2011

    An incredible story that will appeal to art and literature lovers

    As someone who rarely (if ever) reads non-fiction, I found myself sucked into Hare with Amber Eyes. Literary and artistic allusions abound - the narrator's grandmother had an ongoing correspondence with poet Rainer Maria Rilke, his great grand uncle was the model for Proust's Swann and one of the first backers of the Impressionists, etc. Highly recommended.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2012

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    Rise And Fall Of A Prominent Family

    In The Hare With Amber Eyes, Edmund De Waal narrates the rise and fall of his maternal family over decades and countries. His mother was one of the members of the Ephrussi family. The Ephrussi were Russian grain traders who became wealthy and branched into banking and art collections. They owned grand mansions and banks in Paris, Vienna and later lived in Japan.

    The book starts with the story of the French branch. Charles Ephrussi was an art collector, dandy and ladies' man, living with the rest of the family in a mansion in Paris and seen in all the best circles. One of his early collections was a set of 274 netsuke; the Japanese ivory miniatures carved to illustrate animals, daily life memorabilia such as logs or a sheaf of grain, and the inhabitants of the country. He later gave this stunning collection as a wedding gift to a couple in his family from the Austrian branch, and the netsuke moved to Vienna for their next home.

    In Vienna, Viktor and Emmy Ephrussi lived the life of fabulously wealthy Austrians; days filled with social visits and clubs and business relationships; the nights filled with society dinners and balls. The children of this couple were entranced with the netsuke, which lived in Emmy's dressing room and which the children were allowed to play with as they watched their mother dress for evenings out. But this fabled existence was shattered by the German invasion and conquer of Austria in World War II. In a manner of days, the entire Ephrussi fortune was distributed to various German strongholds as the family was forced to sign over everything and finally managed to flee the country. Imagine the surprise after the war when one of the children returned and found that the netsuke had miraculously survived.

    The next home for the collection was in Japan, where they had been created. Iggie, who had become a fashion designer after fighting with the Americans in the war, settled in Japan and lived there for many decades. His nephew, Edmund De Waal, visited him there and had a close relationship with him. De Waal, a potter who lived in England, appreciated the artistry of the netsuke and Iggie left the collection to him. The netsuke now reside in England with De Waal.

    De Waal has written a splendid history of his family, using art to tie together the generations and the various branches of this illustrious family in various countries. The chapter in which the family is made destitute by the Nazis brings home the horror of that time in a way that dry history books cannot. This book is recommended for art lovers, for history lovers, and for anyone interested in a marvelous read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Fascinating! Required Reading

    With painstaking research, the author reconstructs the lives of his extended family from 1872 to 2009, providing vignettes from Paris, Vienna, Tokyo and other sites. It chronicles the decline of a once influential, wealthy family that lost nearly all its wealth as the Nazis occupied Austria and France. This story is beautifully told and makes history come alive. The Nazis' confiscation of all property and possessions of the Jews is told in chilling detail. We should never forget the extreme cruelty and avidity of the Nazis.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2013

    A touching tribute to the power of some possessions to evoke his

    A touching tribute to the power of some possessions to evoke history. Pursuing the story of the netsuke that he had inherited, Edmund de Waal vividly brings his family history to life. And what a history it is ! He comes from a formerly uber wealthy banking family comparable to the Rothschilds. If you like Paris and Vienna, the Belle Epoque, Proust, the Impressionists, WW II history - this is the book for you. Loved it !

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2014

    Great book

    I have given this book to many of my friends and they all love it. Well written and highly enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Beautiful book

    After seeing the movie about the Monuments Men read this book. It is a beautifully written history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013

    A spirit

    Next res.

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    Posted May 5, 2013

    Nettlestar waits

    :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    Eternal

    A long furred tabby pads in, eyes troubled. "My clan hath been missing for an aeon. My clan... amberstar, willowcloud, hailstorm... thou have stuck with me till I went missing. I came back... you were gone. You left without a trace... I miss thou so much... Thunderclan will always have a special place in my heart. My clan eternal... I hope to see thee in starclan." She steps silently away... (my name is sundrop. I live at thunder andrain all results)

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    Posted December 5, 2012

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    For a better life

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    Posted November 28, 2012

    Rustfur

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    Posted November 30, 2012

    Mistyspirit

    ~•~ Lets her kits suckle. ~•~

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  • Posted October 22, 2012

    Check it out...highly recommended

    Highly recommended...a wonderful read!

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    Posted June 19, 2012

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    Posted January 23, 2012

    art

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2011

    Best book ever

    Love it

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