"I don't often read non-fiction, but found this family saga…"
I don't often read non-fiction, but found this family saga as riveting as any novel I had ever read before. De Waal traces the passage of a family heirloom from his great great uncle - a flamboyant Parisian art critic and playboy - down through the generations and across late 19th Century and 20th Century Europe, to modern day Japan. Across the journey you meet a host of incredible characters, explore fin de siecle Paris, experience the heartbreak as the family fortunes are lost and the family separated during the Anschluss. The novel is not only a very personal, human tale, but a fascinating history of the anti-Semitism that inhabited Europe in the 20th Century and before. Would thoroughly recommend - a challenging read, but well worth the effort.Read moreLess