SPRINGFIELD–The Springfield Free Public Library’s (Really Good) Book Discussion Group will meet on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. to discuss “The Hare with Amber Eyes” by Edmund de Waal.
De Waal is a world-famous ceramicist. Having spent thirty years making beautiful pots—which are then sold, collected, and handed on—he has a particular sense of the secret lives of objects. When he inherited a collection of 264 tiny Japanese wood and ivory carvings, called netsuke, he wanted to know who had touched and held them, and how the collection had managed to survive.
And so begins this extraordinarily moving memoir and detective story as de Waal discovers both the story of the netsuke and of his family, the Ephrussis, over five generations. A nineteenth-century banking dynasty in Paris and Vienna, the Ephrussis were as rich and respected as the Rothchilds. Yet by the end of World War II, when the netsuke were hidden from the Nazis in Vienna, this collection of very small carvings was all that remained of their vast empire.
Discussions take place at 7 p.m. in the Palmer Museum. Refreshments are served. New members are welcome. To reserve your copy of the book, call 973-376-4930 x229 or send an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Springfield Free Public Library is located at 66 Mountain Avenue.
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