Reviews


Weekendavisen | Heidi Laura | 07 May 2016

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PANORÁMICA | JAVIER MARTÍN | 15 MARCH 2016

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EL PAIS | JORGE MORIA | 12 MARCH 2016

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LA VANGUARDIA | Antonio Lozano | 6 MARCH 2016

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HUFFINGTON POST | EDWARD GOLDMAN | 19 JANUARY 2016

"This is the story of his "...encounters with many people and places that help deepen his understanding of the nature of the material." 

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SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE | DAVID D'ARCY | 25 DECEMBER 2015

"De Waal has a deft cinematic way of crystallizing a moment, in the same way that he can capture the uniqueness, for better or worse, of a handmade object."

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NEW REPUBLIC | JAMES MCAULEY | 1 DECEMBER 2015

"Edmund de Waal’s new book is an odyssey into an obsession with porcelain."

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The New York Times Magazine | Sam Anderson | 25 November 2015

"Coming from a more orthodox mind, de Waal’s stories, and his pots, might have turned out to be dull, dry, obscure, conventional and neatly contained. Instead, they are poetic and sprawling. The White Road is a verbal extension of his lifelong work in ceramics. The writing and the porcelain are inseparable now; they lean on one another like the inside and outside of a pot."

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LOS ANGELES TIMES | REVIEW | 26 NOVEMBER 2015

"This is a terrific book. If you read it, you'll never look at porcelain the same way again."

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WALL STREET JOURNAL | ARTS & BOOKS | 25 NOVEMBER 2015

"Blending history, biography, autobiography, travel writing and multiple veins of meditation... it is a far cry from your grandmother’s coffee-table book on Lladró."

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THE SEATTLE TIMES | BOOKS & ENTERTAINMENT | 22 NOVEMBER 2015

"In The White Road, Edmund de Waal chronicles humanity’s passion for porcelain, the fine pottery coveted through the ages by the wealthy and highborn, and his own life as a craftsman who works with the prized material."

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TORONTO STAR | NEWS & INSIGHT | 22 NOVEMBER 2015

"De Waal’s book is poetic and has a stream-of-consciousness style as he considers the places and people around the world involved in the creation and use of porcelain."

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Times Literary Supplement | Ruth Guilding | 23 October 2015

"...deeply absorbing and profoundly instructive."

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Observer Food Monthly | Alex Clarke | 18 October 2015

"The book is a great deal more than a history; in it de Waal examines the cost ... of the material so highly prized for its purity that it was thought to banish poison."

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The Australian | Miriam Cosic | 17 October 2015

"The book is immersive and slightly hallucinatory. The text is as incantatory as poetry, a concatenation of places, eras, people, historical writings, physical objects, moods, the present and the past."

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Belfast Telegraph | Bryan Lynch | 3 October 2015

"The White Road is not as accessible as The Hare with Amber Eyes, but the thinking that informs it is denser and even more illuminating"

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Apollo Magazine | Anne Gerritsen | 1 October 2015

"The point of this pilgrimage, this white journey, is surely not just to tell us how it is possible to make white things, but to let us hear some of the conversations which are part of the making of porcelain"

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the tablet | autumn books | 26 september 2015

"I already have it marked down, should anyone ask come December, as my book of the year."

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The Economist | BOOKS and arts | 26 september 2015

"This allusive, complex book is a hybrid, neither a simple history, travelogue nor autobiography, but taking in elements of each as the author traces the stories of porcelain's development and his own fascination with those stories"

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Sunday Express | Jake Kerridge | 20 September 2015

"You don't want to stop reading because de Waal, with his sharp curator's eye, has excellent judgement when it comes to showing readers things that they will find fascinating, funny or moving."

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THE OLDIE | BOOKS | 20 SEPTEMBER 2015

"This [book] tells not one story but two: that of other people... the inventors, makers and consumers of porcelain, and the author's own"

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The Times | Tristram Hunt | 19 September 2015

"This book is certainly the finest account of the many meanings of porcelain to the modern world that I have read."

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The Financial Times | FT Weekend | 19 September 2015

"...an intensely personal history of porcelain."

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THE SPECTATOR | BOOKS | 19 SEPTEMBER 2015

"A.S. Byatt on the dark deadly secrets lurking behind a cool, white surface"

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THE INDEPENDENT | RADAR | 19 SEPTEMBER 2015

"A mesmerising and cautionary tale about the obsessive pursuit of white china"

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THE NEW STATESMAN | BOOKS | 18 SEPTEMBER 2015

"this beguilingly odd book...declares itself to be 'a pilgrimage of sorts'"

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PUBLISHERS WEEKLY | 14 SEPTEMBER 2015

"The book transforms an otherwise esoteric subject into a truly remarkable story"

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THE SUNDAY TIMES | MAGAZINE | 13 SEPTEMBER 2015

"The White Road is a cultural history of porcelain, but it's also, as it's subtitle says, "a pilgrimage of sorts"...to the places where porcelain was invented, or reinvented"

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COUNTRY LIFE MAGAZINE | BOOKS | 12 SEPTEMBER 2015

"Edmund de Waal has a way of making you care about handmade ceramics in a way no other writer does."

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MONOCLE | ROBERT BOUND | 1 SEPTEMBER 2015

"...intriguing, unusual, heartfelt..."

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KIRKUS | REVIEW | 1 AUGUST 2015

"A lyrical melding of art history, memoir, and philosophical meditation."

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