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Un libro bueno, buena historia, pero uno encuentra fácilmente la influencia de García Márquez, es una historia al estilo del "Amor en los tiempos del cólera".
An interesting examination of race, era, and personal struggles. Quite a lot covered in a relatively short book. A wonderful writer. Will look for more of her work.
Interesting account of the Japanese internment in SF
With the provocative title, I should’ve known what to expect when I began THE JAPANESE LOVER. While it's an easy read, the characters were never fully developed for my satisfaction and much of the narrative seems straight out of a Harlequin Romance novel. This overly ambitious book attempts to juggle way too many themes, including aging, dying, assisted suicide, racism, war crimes, human sex trafficking, child pornography, abortion, and homosexuality. In all fairness, this was my first Isabel Allende novel, and I've noted others comment that THE JAPANESE LOVER doesn’t even approach the standards of her other works, so I’ll give her a pass on this one and read another of her books, just not immediately.
An interesting story, but not as engaging as I had hoped for. The characters didn't really come alive, and the shifts in time were hard to follow. She included so many social issues--the Holocaust, Japanese internment, homosexuality, sex slavery, among others--that it was hard to make connections. A disappointment.
'The Japanese Lover' reveals the parallel stories of Irina Bazili, a caregiver at a senior living facility and immigrant from Moldova with a mysterious past; and one of the residents she meets, Alma Belasco, whose tragic and touching life story provides the backbone of the narrative.
It had been many years since I'd last read Allende, and I'd forgotten how much I'd enjoyed her writing. I eagerly looked forward to continuing this book during each of my lunch breaks. I do wish Ichimei as an adult had been fleshed out a bit more as a character -- I had a difficult time picturing him as anything but a grown, shadowy man with an unidentified personality. I was captivated by the story -- it would make a great summer/vacation read.
Isabel Allende writes some of the most interesting topics. And, her style is unique.
Beautiful, as all Allende's books
I agree - first 1/2 book really good, but then it drags until the last 2-3 chapters.
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