Knopf Canada (2015), 416 pages
"An intimate narrative history of porcelain, structured around five journeys through landscapes where porcelain was dreamed about, fired, refined, collected, and coveted"--
LibraryThing member bostonian71
Not as cohesive as De Waal's previous book, "The Hare with the Amber Eyes". That memoir had the advantage of having concrete things (his family and the netsuke they owned) to tie everything together. "The White Road", on the other hand, follows an idea -- the "porcelain" sickness -- as it manifested itself in various spots around the world, and led to such pottery being invented over and over. Such hopping from one place to another and one time to another (as well as interludes about De Waal's own forays into the craft) makes for a somewhat disjointed narrative. There's a lot of interesting information, though, , even if some of it, most notably Hitler's obsession with pure white pottery, is disturbing. And De Waal clearly cares about his subject, so much so that I wish this book had less of him rushing around learning about the history of his art, and more of him in the studio actually making it.
LibraryThing member lesleynicol
Another book in my library that remains unfinished, I so enjoyed the authors previous book "The Hare with Amber Eyes" and expected a story about people associated with the history of porcelain. I was disappointed.
LibraryThing member rakerman
An interesting journey through the physical world and intellectual world related to the creation of porcelain. Art, science and history. Can be a bit too much about the process of writing of the book itself at times.