Well written. Vey interesting novel about art, generations of families and how the events of WWII effected the Jewish people of Europe. It is a story of how people accumulate wealth and hold their possessions so dear. But ultimately it's the ties of family that are most important.
It's also a novel about thenRt of Japan and Europe and how the lives of people were connected with the immortal objects.
I recommend this book highly.
So sad that the story has come to an end. The narration was excellent and the story fascinating and utterly extraordinary. How I wish my own family history was traceable. Most Armenians lost everything including their history. That in itself is the most painful part. I enjoyed this book so much I think I'll listen again right away. Thank you for the richness and beauty of it.
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.