I love to read. In high school I read a book a night; I was too exhausted to write the book reports!
This book was recommended by a Uniworld guide in Salzburg when I asked him about Jews in Salzburg and Austria. What a sad, but uplifting story. I learned so much and know that those who read this book will as well.
I am an ecletic reader. I love fiction, history, business and biographies. It just has to have a good story and a solid plot.
This is a new look at the was and it's aftermath. It shows the rise and fall of a family all connected with small little Japanese objects of art.
The Lady in Gold. It is also based in Austria and shows a part of the Austrian history that we mostly only recognize as German.
He grows on you and finally just becomes the author. After I looked up the author and his family he looked just as I had pictured him!
I loved the audible version of this but I found myself Googling all the family members to read more about them and their buildings. I think the pictures would add a lot to the book. Maybe this is a book where you need to buy both the audible and the book.
I am not sure. I thought the story was incredibly compelling because of the subject matter and the close personal access the author had with historic figures
I really didn't like the way the narrator talks. There were many times that I wanted to stop because of the way the narrator.
The book was recommended to me thus: "It has everything you like! Art, literature, Proust, Paris, Vienna, fin de siecle, WWI, Japan, etc" I could not agree more, yet that barely does it justice...it ponders huge questions so nimbly and entertainingly that you might be excused to call it memoire or history, but it is more like a run on essay...and I would not have minded it running on and on.
The reader is one of the best I have ever heard...perfectly credible moving among languages and a variety of nationalities of names. Truly great
The story follows one man as he tries to trace the history of his inherited netsuke collection back through time. What he discovers along the way is that he is really seeking a way to cope with his family history and the loss of his uncle.
A captivating story. This is beautifully written and take you through the rise and fall of a great family. These little figurines become so much more than they seem. They become a read through time. From one area to another they hold the longings and aspirations and also the heartaches of the family. This book is a wonderful history of the last one and a half. Centuries and an incredible amount of change and atrocity and yet beauty and discovery.
This is an interesting and engaging story, but it is absurd and distracting that the narrator mispronounces one of the key words in the book consistently throughout. I don't necessarily blame the narrator, but the producer/editor should surely have caught it. Nobody would tolerate that same sloppy approach to the text; if netsuke was misspelled throughout the book version an editor would have caught it or lost his or her job. It's time to bring an equivalent standard to pronunciation in audio books. In the meantime, please at least get the key words right.
This is an amazing book on multiple levels. It is the 160 year story of a family. For the attention to detail and the use of research and imagination the author used to create the book, it is worth it alone. But it is far more. The history of that family, from Poland to Ukraine to Paris and Vienna, to Tokyo and London and America, and the world events that affected them, is a great way to appreciate how the macro affects the micro.
But there is even more. The book is also a meditation on memory, on the importance of what the psychoanalyst Winnicott called "transitional objects," external things that stand for emotions and people. The netsuke (pronounced net -sue-key by the reader and net'sky by the author in the podcast post-script) stands for an era, a variety of persons, the Jews of Europe, and the artist as creator.
I highly recommend this book, especially in the spoken form. The performance is excellent and adds to the excitement of the story. However, after I listened to the audio version I went out and bought the illustrated version of the hard cover book. The quality of that volume is also outstanding and the illustrations are a great supplement to the audio.
The narrator is fantastic, but I am not moved by the story. Too complicated for me to listen to -- would prefer to read it.
Possibly, but I would read it.
Caring, Intelligent, History
I can't remember any other book at its sort.
Very well done, although he is a fast narrator. Sometimes he speaks too quick.
No. I did it in parts because there is so much to listen to. In fact it's three stories in one book.First the search of the netsukes, then the whole of the family history and then the way Edmund de Waal did his research.
I was so lucky to have seen him in person giving his talk about the book. And then I was so impressed that I bought the book for my husband and I searched for this audible book. And I was lucky to find it.There will be a time that I will read it agian because reading with your ears is quite different than with your eyes. Can't wait to see the film.