The Japanese Lover

The Japanese Lover

Large Print - 2015
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In 1939 San Francisco, Alma falls in love with Ichimei, the gardener's son, who is sent to an internment camp, but although they reunite, they must hide their love, until in old age her caregiver and her grandson learn about their secret passion.

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& Taylor

A multigenerational epic by the New York Times best-selling author of The House of the Spirits follows the impossible romance between a World War II escapee from the Nazis and a Japanese gardener's son, whose story is discovered decades later by a care worker who would come to terms with her past. (historical fiction). Simultaneous.

Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410483775
1410483770
Branch Call Number: L ALL
Characteristics: 461 pages ; 23 cm

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DrTeva
Sep 15, 2019

Disappointing. The least interesting and well-written Allende thus read.

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Smitty
Apr 05, 2019

Very disappointing. Jumped around way too much.Alma was interesting but Irina was very sketchy and the resolution of her phobia way too simplistic. Even the Japanese internment was not given a very in-depth treatment...and Ichimi just kind of faded away.

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DorisWaggoner
Aug 05, 2018

Lots of characters to keep track of, and it appears that Allende herself doesn't always manage in the way she typically does. This novel promises more than it delivers, unfortunately. I often had trouble telling which character was telling a particular backstory, even when it was an important part of the overall story. I've read many of her books, but somehow she's not an author I automatically read when a new book comes out. I have to be in the right mood. I enjoyed reading this one, though it's by no means her best.

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OGBooktalk
Oct 23, 2017

on 2017 reading ballot

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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