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The Japanese Lover: A Novel (original 2015; edition 2015)

by Isabel Allende (Author)

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Title:The Japanese Lover: A Novel
Authors:Isabel Allende (Author)
Info:Atria Books (2015), Edition: First Edition, 336 pages
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Rating:****
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The Japanese Lover has way to much going on and yet it remains predictable. Alma is a Jewish girl who moved to San Francisco from Poland to live with her aunt and uncle, the family has Japanese gardeners and she becomes close with their son, Ichi. Ichi and his family are sent to Japanese internment camps, separating Alma and Ichi for years until they meet again, separate and meet again. The story goes between Alma living at a retirement home, letters from Itchi, and the past. Alma has a "secretary" Irina, who has her own subplot, that felt very unnecessary and thrown in to the story. A lot of the plot and dialogue comes off unrealistic, making the book drag out for me. I was interested in what happened, but most of it was figured out early on in the book. It's a good fluffy romance book, but it lacks any kind of emotional writing. 2.5/5. ( )
  wellreadcatlady | Jul 9, 2018 |
Allende never disappoints.
  wynde | Jun 13, 2018 |
I feel bad giving it a 2 but that's what it is. This book has terribly forced and predictable dialogue and all of the characters motivations are so explicitly stated that it feels like you are reading a kid's book. Whomp whomp. ( )
  nheredia05 | Jun 12, 2018 |
It is many years since I have read a book by this author and I was pleasantly surprised by the change in setting.
I very much enjoyed the development of the characters and learning about the experience of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
It is indeed a love story, quiet and gentle and about more than one relationship and more than one kind of love. Recommended. ( )
  HelenBaker | May 24, 2018 |
Good storytelling ( )
  BridgitDavis | May 10, 2018 |
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Årets roman, «Den japanske elskeren», plasserer seg rundt midten av Allendes egen skala. Den mangler «Åndenes hus»’ magiske løft, men er spennende nok til å holde på leserens interesse helt ut
 
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Har nese for de pussige så vel som trøblete sidene av livet.
added by annek49 | editDagbladet, Maya Troberg Djuve (pay site) (Apr 30, 2016)
 
Familiemedlemmene og vennene i «Den japanske elskeren» er mange. Isabel Allende løfter dem alle nennsomt ut og inn fra fortiden og inn i samtiden på Lark House. Det er i lange strekk nydelig gjort, en god roman å lese, dette
added by annek49 | editVG, Guri Hjeltnes (Apr 22, 2016)
 
Unfortunately, love’s intoxication, like the scent of the gardenias Ichimei sends Alma over many years, fails to lift this new novel above its thin plot and weakly motivated ­characters.
 
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Ga niet weg, schuwe schim van mijn geliefde,
Toverbeeld dat ik bovenal adoreer,
Wonderschone illusie voor wie ik graag zou sterven,
Zoete fantasie waarnaar ik bij leven al smacht.

- Sor Juana Inés de la Crux
Pause, shadow of my elusive love, image of my most dear enhanter, Beautiful illusion for whom i die gladly Sweet fiction for whom i live sadly. ---------------Sor Juana Ines De La Cruz
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Voor mijn ouders Panchita en Ramón,
oude en wijze mensen
To my parents, Panchita and Ramon
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Irina Brazili ging bij Lark House aan de slag in 2010, drieëntwintig jaar jong en zonder veel illusies, want al sinds haar vijftiende zwierf ze van stad tot stad als een meisje van twaalf ambachten en dertien ongelukken.
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When Irina Bazili began working at Lark House in 2010, she was twenty-three years old but already had few illusions about life.
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In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis, young Alma Belasco is sent away to live with a wealthy aunt and uncle in California. Her life is quickly changed when she meets the son of her aunt’s gardener, Ichimei Fukuda. Young love blossoms between them, until they are cruelly separated when Ichimei and his family are relocated to a Japanese-American internment camp. Throughout their lifetimes, they manage to reunite again and again, but theirs is a love they are forever forced to hide from the prejudiced eyes of the world.

Decades later, Alma is nearing the end of her life and forges a friendship with Irina Bazili—a care worker with her own troubled past—at a nursing home in California. As Irina begins to form a relationship with Alma’s grandson, Seth, the pair investigates a series of mysterious gifts and letters sent to Alma in an effort to uncover the secret of Alma’s mysterious Japanese lover.
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"From internationally bestselling author Isabel Allende comes an exquisitely crafted love story and multigenerational epic that sweeps from present-day San Francisco to Poland and the United States during WWII. In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis and the world goes to war, young Alma Belasco's parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in their opulent mansion in San Francisco. There she meets Ichimei Fukuda, the son of the family's Japanese gardener, and between them a tender love blossoms. Following Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart when Ichimei and his family - like thousands of Japanese Americans - are declared enemies by the US government and relocated to internment camps. Throughout their lifetimes, Alma and Ichimei reunite again and again, but theirs is a love they are forever forced to hide from the world. Decades later, Alma is nearing the end of her long and eventful life. Irina Bazili, a care worker struggling to come to terms with her own troubled past, meets the older woman and her grandson, Seth, at Lark House nursing home. As Irina and Seth forge a friendship, they become intrigued by a series of mysterious gifts and letters sent to Alma, and learn about Ichimei and this extraordinary secret passion that has endured for nearly seventy years. "--… (more)

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