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As good as his pots, 29 Oct. 2010
Just loved this book with its oblique, unusual device of using a collection of inherited netsuke to tell the story of the fortune and fate of three generations of ancestors, living in Paris, Vienna and Japan, respectively. Like Edmund du Waal's pots, the writing is beautiful, simple and truthful.I just wonder why I was so surprised that he should be as brilliant a writer as he is a potter, as they are not mutually exclusive. Creativity shines through, as well as erudition. I've now bought four copies of this book to give to other people who I know will also love it.