"...this book is impossible to put down. You have in your hands a masterpiece."--Francis Wilson, The Sunday Times
"An intensely personal meditation on art, history and family, told in prose as elegant and precise as the netsuke themselves"--London Review of Books
"It is a rich tale of the pleasure and pains of what it is to be human"--Bettany Hughes, Daily Telegraph
"An exquisitely described search for a lost family and a lost time"--Colm Toibin, The Irish Times
"Both the story he uncovers and the objects he describes are fascinating and startling"--AS Byatt, Financial Times
"Unexpectedly combines a micro craft-form with macro history to great effect"--Julian Barnes, The Guardian
"A book of astonishing originality"--Evening Standard
"An extraordinary and touching journey with a backdrop glittering with images from Proust and Zola and Klimt"--Margaret Drabble, Times Literary Supplement
"Every page of Edmund de Waal’s The Hare with Amber Eyes gave me pleasure"--Rachel Polansky, Times Literary Supplement
"A family memoir written with a grace and modesty that almost belie the sweep of its contents: Proust, Rilke, Japanese art, the rue de Monceau, Vienna during the Second World War. The most enchanting history lesson imaginable." --"The New Yorker"
"An extraordinary history...A wondrous book, as lustrous and exquisitely crafted as the netsuke at its heart." --"The" Christian Science Monitor""
"A lovely, gripping book." --"The Wall Street Journal"
"Enthralling . . . [de Waal's] essayistic exploration of his family's past pointedly avoids any sentimentality . . . "The Hare with Amber Eyes "belongs on the same shelf with Vladimir Nabokov's "Speak, Memory."" --Michael Dirda, "The Washington Post Book World""This is a book Sebald would have loved." --"The Irish Times"
"At one level [Edmund de Waal] writes in vivid detail of how the fortunes were used to establish the Ephrussis' lavish lives and high positions in Paris and Vienna society. And, as Jews, of their vulnerability: the P