Narrated By: Michael Maloney
Duration: 10 hours and 30 minutes
What to expect
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**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' 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' Daily Telegraph
'A complex and beautiful book' Diana Athill
**ONE OF THE GUARDIAN'S 100 BEST BOOKS OF THE 21st CENTURY**
© Edmund de Waal 2010 (P) Penguin Audio 2011
Autobiography: general, Carvings, masks, reliefs, Ceramics, mosaic and glass: artworks, Family history, tracing ancestors, General and world history
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In a decade where memoir became the dominant genre, this immensely evocative family history told via the journey through the generations of some Japanese miniature figures stood out
Part treasure hunt, part family saga, this is the haunting story of a unique collection of Japanese figurines
From a hard and vast archival mass of journals, memoirs, newspaper clippings and art-history books, Mr de Waal has fashioned, stroke by minuscule stroke, a book as fresh with detail as if it had been written from life, and as full of beauty and whimsy as a netsuke from the hands of a master carver. Buy two copies of his book; keep one and give the other to your closest bookish friend.
If you don't own a copy of The Hare with Amber Eyes, you must obtain one now. It is the perfect book, one you feel compelled to give to everyone you like, to share with them this treasure.
[A] wonderful book