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This book started out pretty strong, but really picked up the pace at the end. It takes place 6 or so years after a terrible (fictitious) terrorist incident in Vienna in a restaurant in hoity toity Carmel, California. There, Henry Pelham, who has been tasked with determining if there were a mole in the Vienna CIA office during the incident, interviews Celia Harrison, who had been his lover when the incident occurred, but who retired right after the incident, married a much-older very rich (obviously) man, and had 2 children with him. So this is both a personal and professional reunion.
264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them bigger than a matchbox: Edmund de Waal was entranced when he first encountered the collection in his great uncle Iggie's Tokyo apartment. When he later inherited the 'netsuke', they unlocked a story far larger and more dramatic than he could ever have imagined. From a burgeoning empire in Odessa to fin de siecle Paris, from occupied Vienna to Tokyo, Edmund de Waal traces the netsuke's journey through generations of his remarkable family against the backdrop of a tumultuous century. I'm amazed there isn't a thread already on this book unless it