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The White Road - Journey into an Obsession

Edmund de Waal

An intimate narrative history of porcelain, structured around five journeys through landscapes where porcelain was dreamed about, fired, refined, collected, and coveted. Extraordinary new nonfiction, a gripping blend of history and memoir, by the author of the award-winning and bestselling international sensation, The Hare with the 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 the Amber Eyes, de Waal gives us a singular understanding of "the spectrum of porcelain" and the mapping of desire.

An intimate narrative history of porcelain, structured around five journeys through landscapes where porcelain was dreamed about, fired, refined, collected, and coveted. Extraordinary new nonfiction, a gripping blend of history and memoir, by the author of the award-winning and bestselling international sensation, The Hare with the 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 the Amber Eyes, de Waal gives us a singular understanding of "the spectrum of porcelain" and the mapping of desire.
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An intimate narrative history of porcelain, structured around five journeys through landscapes where porcelain was dreamed about, fired, refined, collected, and coveted. Extraordinary new nonfiction, a gripping blend of history and memoir, by the author of the award-winning and bestselling international sensation, The Hare with the 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 the Amber Eyes, de Waal gives us a singular understanding of "the spectrum of porcelain" and the mapping of desire.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Michael Maloney

Length:

11h 55m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

44:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

09:13


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

13:10


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

13:35


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

13:42


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

10:21


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:45


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

18:18


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

12:04


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:10


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

20:47


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

10:54


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

19:38


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

11:41


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:30


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

16:55


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:36


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:47


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

10:49


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

13:40


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

12:08


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

16:30


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

18:10


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:47


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:17


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

19:37


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:37


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

13:01


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:40


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

20:54


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:10


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:22


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:07


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:07


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:21


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:25


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:48


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:52


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:47


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:37


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:39


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:49


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

11:01


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:37


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

02:40


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:12


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

17:19


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:17


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

15:05


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:53


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

10:10


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

02:57


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:14


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

13:27


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

13:39


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

12:52


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:41


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

10:33


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:25


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:28


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

19:29


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

13:57


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

11:46


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:02


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:26


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

01:46


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

13:44