The Hare with the Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal

War destroys everything. All that is left, and passed on, as an inheritance of a vast art collection, are a set of tiny Japanese figurines. The author procures them on the death of his uncle.

These are not just normal figurines, but netsuke, a set of wooden and ivory carvings, in a neglected style.

The netsuke are followed as they make a remarkable journey through the tragic history of a family through the generations. A poignant book that improves in writing style and content as you pass through it. As the plot unravels, this book becomes more and more addictive.


One Response to “The Hare with the Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal”

  1. I was concerned that this book may turn into an encyclopedia of art history, without a flowing story, but it seems most reviewers I’ve looked at, have loved reading it, giving both story line and well researched facts.
    I see “The Hare with the Amber Eyes” is on the list of art themed books featured for this last week’s Book Report radio show(bookreportradio(dot)com for those interested in listening to the recorded show) I think I’ll listen to the excerpt to get a feel for the writing style as well as the narrator’s reading style.
    Thanks for the thumbs up!

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