I’ve decided to classify this book as a beautifully written and heartfelt memoir. It’s about history and art, but it’s more about the author’s search for the place of his physical inheritance, the netsuke, in his family’s history. Furthermore, the book does not include pictures – or it didn’t in it’s first version.
The Hare With the Amber Eyes: A Family’s Century of Art and Loss
by Edmund de Waal
2011 / 351 pages
rating 8.75 / memoir
I first read this back in January of 2012 (see review here) and gave it a rating of 8.5 -The lack of pictures was a deliberate and aesthetic decision made in order to emphasize the feelings over the graphic glamor or horror.
This is first and foremost a very special memoir. I suppose that was a good thing for a first reading because although I think the book was intended to be read for its own value alone, the draw of seeing what the author was describing so beautifully and with so much love was irresistible – and that’s why there is a second version. lol Anyway, I Googled quite a lot as I read in order to view what de Waal was writing about. The results of that Googling are in my first review with notes (see link above). >>>>MORE>>>>