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The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss Summary
Edmund de Waal

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The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss Summary

Plot Summary

"The Hare with the Amber Eyes," is a personal story but one that is teemed with history. The author, Edmund de Waal, is a member of the large and prominent Jewish Ephrussi family. Edmund shares his story about discovering the history of his family while in search of the history of a Japanese netsuke collection that was first purchased by a family member in Paris in the late 19th century. The title of the book is a reference to his favorite piece of the collection of netsuke carvings of a hare with amber eyes.

The story of the family began in Odessa, Russia, where ancestors of Edmund launched their prosperous export business. The family patriarch was know as the King of Grain as his company had cornered the grain export market. The family eventually transferred its business expertise to the banking industry. The family wanted to expand its...

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