The White Road

The White Road

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Extraordinary new non-fiction, a gripping blend of history and memoir, by the author of the award-winning and bestselling international sensation, The Hare with Amber Eyes.
     In The White Road, bestselling author and artist Edmund de Waal gives us an intimate narrative history of his lifelong obsession with porcelain, or "white gold." A potter who has been working with porcelain for more than forty years, de Waal describes how he set out on five journeys to places where porcelain was dreamed about, refined, collected and coveted--and that would help him understand the clay's mysterious allure. From his studio in London, he starts by travelling to three "white hills"--sites in China, Germany and England that are key to porcelain's creation. But his search eventually takes him around the globe and reveals more than a history of cups and figurines; rather, he is forced to confront some of the darkest moments of twentieth-century history.
     Part memoir, part history, part detective story, The White Road chronicles a global obsession with alchemy, art, wealth, craft and purity. In a sweeping yet intimate style that recalls The Hare with Amber Eyes, de Waal gives us a singular understanding of "the spectrum of porcelain" and the mapping of desire.

Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2015
ISBN: 9780307362100
Branch Call Number: 738.209 DEW
Characteristics: 401 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.

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Mar 30, 2016

Give this book a few pages, and let it get under your skin. De Waal writes amazing scenes of his travel - back in history as well as inside cultures. He's exploring what wealth means, because porcelain, when it first appeared in cultures, was a symbol of wealth. He writes as an artistic anthropologist, and a poet.

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