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on 7 May 2011
This book was recommended by my mother as a great work of art: and I would be thrilled to write something half as good, and as well researched, about my family. I liked the author's voice: de Waal writes with tenderness and without judgement about his relations. But apart from the bluestocking Elizabeth, loyal to her parents, and Iggy and the Japanese uncle, I found it impossible to engage with any of the characters. So devoted to stuff and mean to their servants - they did not even know the name of Anna, the maid who put her life on the line to save the hare with amber eyes.
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