It s premise may be attractive but it just did not hold my attention Because it was suggested in our Reading Group I made an effort but I was not the only one that just managed to get about half way through falling asleep over it many times Nothing eally happens and I still don t understand what the book is supposed to be about his boring family history Anti semitism Netsuke I had been lead to believe this was a must Great Catastrophe: Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide read but by half way I had almost given up Then the section on the 1930 sescued itThis book is a family history told through objects and materials with name dropping thrown in The main characters Armenian History: A Captivating Guide to the History of Armenia and the Armenian Genocide remain uite two dimensional though their history is varied and should be interestingThe problem lies in the disjointed writing style and poor editing For example in one paragraph the first sentence tells us there are to be two paintings of mother and aunt but the next says they are of the daughters with no explanation I often had toead a sentence twice then Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan through Peace and War resorted to fasteadingOnce I forgot the style the section on the Anschluss was very moving. The classic hardback edition completely eimagined with gorgeous new photography of the now famous netsuke collection and sumptuous full colour images hand picked by Edmund de Waal from his family archive 264 Japanese wood and ivory carvings.
And informative As for the netsuke and the hare they were only light cement to bond the story together their prehistory was arely mentioned and so much could have been made of themI m glad I Young Turks' Crime against Humanity: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire: 20 read it all but it could have been so much satisfying with a heavy edit This book has an intriguing concept a family story from the perspective of a set of netsuke as a family heirloom The writing is crisp and clear and I was attracted to it on the back of many of theeviews hereHowever it is pretty ponderous in places losing focus on than one occasion It s not always clear whose narrative it is following and whether the netsuke are supposed to be featuring at all Occasionally you start to hope that it will become part art history part historical biography but it fulfils neither option well and at times just lists events and people Ottoman Odyssey: Travels through a Lost Empire: Shortlisted for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award rather than providing any detailsThe most interesting thought provoking and indeed unsettling part to this book is the description of the family history during world war two But other than that it s very dry and not one to bee ead Wonder. 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 anddramatic than he co.
Ful book part family history part Japanese culture part history of the Jewish ace We travelled from Greece to England to France to Austria and finally Japan Couldn t put it down Not my kind of novel toodense This book was Edmund vagabonding at its best It makes for good discussion at a book club but Operation Nemesis: The Assassination Plot that Avenged the Armenian Genocide reading for pleasure it was not It felt like a very disjointed book that was somewhere between a family history and chronology of the arts and history The approach of th I felt it was very different to other booksIt is not an easyead in bed on Kindle book will buy the hard copy so I can esearch and check words as I goBut great most interesting familyI always want to know what happened afterwards because such an injustice and theft of life lifestyle and also unbelievable wealth I can only hope the family will get justice from Austria and Germany When I think back to the book and movie of the family who owned the Gustav Klimt they got some justice never enough in terms of emotional loss but still it was ecognised and some Secret Army: An elite force, a secret mission, a fleet of Model-T Fords, a far flung corner of WWI recompenseThank you for a great book. Uld ever have imagined From a burgeoning empire in Odessa to fin de si cle Paris from occupied Vienna to Tokyo Edmund de Waal traces the netsuke's journey through generations of hisemarkable family against the backdrop of a tumultuous centu.