About the book
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.
Reviewed by King’s Somborne Reading Group:
Slow beginning but well worth persevering with. A beautiful evocation of a family and the times they lived in, of European history and the position of Jews. Written with a charmingly lucid style. Intricate, intoxicating, enthralling and revealing. The majority of the group awarded it top marks.
Rating: 5 Stars