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  • The Hare with Amber Eyes

  • A Family's Century of Art and Loss
  • By: Edmund de Waal
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641

The Ephrussis were a grand banking family, as rich and respected as the Rothschilds, who “burned like a comet” in 19th-century Paris and Vienna society. Yet by the end of World War II, almost the only thing remaining of their vast empire was a collection of 264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them larger than a matchbox. The renowned ceramicist Edmund de Waal became the fifth generation to inherit this small and exquisite collection of netsuke. Entranced by their beauty and mystery, he determined to trace the story of his family through the story of the collection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A vagabond through history, clutching a tiny carvi

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-19-12

Well worth the read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-30-12

If you could sum up The Hare with Amber Eyes in three words, what would they be?

subtle textured surprising

Who was your favorite character and why?

narrator

What does Michael Maloney bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

his ability to speak the many languages employed throughout - gives you a sense of place

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

a family epic like none other

Any additional comments?

Don't stop after the first 100 pages! This is a slow start, but then it just picks up and sweeps you away.

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