The Japanese Lover

The Japanese Lover

Large Print - 2015
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Publisher: New York : Thorndike Press, 2015
ISBN: 9781410483775
Branch Call Number: LP FIC Alle
Characteristics: 461 pages

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JCLGermanP Aug 24, 2017

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".

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BeckyR21
Mar 28, 2017

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.

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EileenS
Feb 14, 2017

Interesting account of the Japanese internment in SF

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cknightkc
Oct 16, 2016

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.

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lisastitch
Oct 07, 2016

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.

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ryner
Aug 04, 2016

'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.

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penny0816
Jul 26, 2016

Isabel Allende writes some of the most interesting topics. And, her style is unique.

Thanks, Isabel

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mancia
Apr 21, 2016

Beautiful, as all Allende's books

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carol507
Apr 18, 2016

I agree - first 1/2 book really good, but then it drags until the last 2-3 chapters.

ehbooklover Mar 30, 2016

A beautifully written historical/love story. Head's up: it starts out a bit slowly, but builds and builds until finally becoming a completely engaging and interesting page-turner thanks to some pretty great plot twists and lots of wonderfully fleshed out characters.

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