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The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance
The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance
von Edmund de Waal
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 12,95

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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Hare with Amber Eyes, 24. Februar 2012
When I first heard of this, I thought, "am I really interested in the memoir of a family, based on the history of a collection of Japanese netsuke that they once owned?" How wrong I was. The book is far, far more than that ' a glorious, wonderful, enchanting book describing a personal family history across a sweeping European canvas from the late 19th through to the mid-The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance20th c. The book concerns the massively wealthy, Jewish family, the Ephrussi, who made a fortune in the grain trade in Odessa in the 19th c. and branched out into banking, stocks, other industry, you name it. The author of the book, Edmund de Waal, is a sensitive, thoughtful genius, and also a descendant of the Ephrussi family. He began writing the book when a beloved great uncle, Iggy, died, leaving him the collection of Japanese netsuke. De Waal decided to find out more about them, and in doing so, uncovered a gripping family history spanning from Odessa, to Paris, Vienna, Tokyo, and finally to London. The Ephrussi family had first moved to Paris and established themselves as a highly prominent, cultured, nouveau riche family of patrons and connoisseurs; another branch of the family moved to Vienna, and the story traces the fortunes of the Paris family and the Vienna family. The Vienna passages are particularly rich and interesting, and also shocking and horrifying, as de Waal traces the decline of the family during the Nazi era, and charts with unflinching eye the horrors of anti-semitism and what happened to the family, their losses and humiliations and deaths. Throughout the book, de Waal reveals a critic's eye and an artist's understanding of cultural events, artistic objects, and patronage. While providing the reader with a "mini cultural history" as told through the tale of one family, he was also going on a journey of self-discovery at the same time. One of the most moving books I have read in a long, long time.


Life: Keith Richards
Life: Keith Richards
von Keith Richards
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 10,75

5.0 von 5 Sternen Life, by Keith Richards, 24. Februar 2012
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Life: Keith Richards (Taschenbuch)
What a surprise - a great book! Lively, amusing, self-deprecating, honest and unabashed ' I could NOT put this down. A fantastic and unflinching account of the rise and rise of a great rock band, filled with very astute observations, humour, warmth, and insightful musical knowledge. At the core of it is the story of a working class English lad with a very big heart, a self-destructive appetite for drugs and booze (it's amazing he's still alive), and a better long-term memory than anyone would have credited him with. The story of a generation ' highly recommended.Life: Keith Richards


Just Kids
Just Kids
von Patti Smith
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 9,95

4.0 von 5 Sternen Just Kids, 24. Februar 2012
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Just Kids (Taschenbuch)
This is an interesting and highly individual account of the post-Beat Generation poetess/artist Patti Smith, her arrival in NY and her years of struggling to find her own creative expression (which ultimately would be rock music). Central to the story is her deep loving-friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe, and the book functions best when it chronicles his artistic development from a post-pop artist towards photography and the embracing of a very explicit representation of homosexuality. Less 'convincing' is Patti's own story: others have written about her skill as a wordsmith, but to me she somehow seemed emotionally detached from her own experiences, less able to imbue them with empathy.Just Kids


The Last Patriarch
The Last Patriarch
von Najat El Hachmi
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 14,78

1.0 von 5 Sternen The Last Patriarch, 24. Februar 2012
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Last Patriarch (Taschenbuch)
This book won many awards, although it was difficult to understand why. Written originally in Spanish by a Muslim North African woman, it purports to be, amongst other things, a critique of the hideous behaviour of her abusive, patriarchal father ' but the problem is, there is no resolution, and the female character's way of getting her own back is to behave in a sexually promiscuous fashion, in order to 'spite' her father and his oppressive rules. Ultimately she ends up being as depraved as he is, and the picture she paints of her immigrant family life is sordid and depressing. This alone would not be enough to disparage it, but it was also trite and badly written. The simple trick of beginning each chapter with a definition of a word from a Catalan dictionary hardly makes it a milestone of Catalan literature (as it has been called). No disrespect to the experiences of immigrants in western society - but seriously, this was just a waste of time.


The Lost Heart of Asia
The Lost Heart of Asia
von Colin Thubron
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 14,94

5.0 von 5 Sternen The Lost Heart of Asia by Colin Thubron, 24. Februar 2012
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Lost Heart of Asia (Taschenbuch)
The Lost Heart of AsiaThe travel writer Thubron set out to travel through Central Asia (Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kirghizstan, Tajikstan) following the break up of the Soviet Union. This book lives up to its blurb: 'an outstanding guide to the history, people and culture of a vast region'' In addition to the light he sheds on the impact of Communism on the area, and the post-Communist socio-economic and political landscape, Thubron is also a wonderful observer of the physical landscape as well. His sensitivity to the monuments and architecture, and his descriptions of abandoned historical cities, mosques, caravanserays etc. were extremely eloquent and evocative, and made me want to "get lost" in the lost heart of Asia. A marvelous book.


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