THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
WINNER OF THE 2010 COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD
264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them bigger than a matchbox: Edmund de Waal was entranced when he first encountered the collection in his great uncle Iggie's Tokyo apartment. When he later inherited the 'netsuke', they unlocked a story far larger and more dramatic than he could ever have imagined.
From a burgeoning empire in Odessa to fin de siecle Paris, from occupied Vienna to Tokyo, Edmund de Waal traces the netsuke's journey through generations of his remarkable family against the backdrop of a tumultuous century.
'You have in your hands a masterpiece' Frances Wilson, Sunday Times
'The most brilliant book I've read for years... A rich tale of the pleasure and pains of what it is to be human' Bettany Hughes, Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year
'A complex and beautiful book' Diana Athill
**ONE OF THE GUARDIAN'S 100 BEST BOOKS OF THE 21st CENTURY**
Customer ReviewsSee All
Really liked it...eventually
The start of this book was hard going - I think the author is a bit full of his self importance and I had to look up one word per page in the dictionary!! Once I got past this and ignored his obvious attempt at intelligence I really liked it. The history is fascinating; but if history/geaneology is not your thing then you'll hate it!
The Hare with Amber Eyes
I wouldn't call this a gripping book by any means. It was interesting but boring in places and the family relationships seemed to be missing information so that I was constantly going back to check on who was who. Certainly for anyone interested in writing a family history, this would be a good book with which to start to see how it can be done.